Air Force football ranked No. 48 by 'The Gray Lady'

Jared Tew

Falcons fullback Jared Tew breaks a tackle during the Air Force-Nicholls State game at Falcon Stadium Sept. 5, 2009. (U.S. Air Force photo/John Van Winkle)

The New York Times gave the Falcons some dap over the weekend, ranking Air Force No. 48 in their preseason top 50 on The Quad, their college sports blog. After Action will do its own preseason rankings and team profiles once summer camp starts, but it’s telling what type of respect Air Force and Navy have gotten on the national scene — although some might even argue Air Force should be higher in the rankings.

We shall see who the “Gray Lady” has ahead of the Fighting Falcons, but with a brand new starting line coming in this year, No. 48 isn’t too bad. They make the valid point that quarterbacks Tim Jefferson and Connor Dietz return, but Air Force’s season hinges on finding five new starters on the offensive line — and fast. Three of Air Force’s first five games include at Oklahoma, vs. Navy and vs. BYU.

Kudos to The Times for recognizing the importance of the Commander’s-in-Chief trophy, but why is it listed as a Dislike? If anything it should be a Like since Air Force gets to host this year’s meeting against Navy. They also confused Northwestern with Northwestern State. Air Force kicks off its season hosting the Northwestern State Demons out of the Southland Conference, not the Northwestern Wildcats, who lost to Auburn in last year’s Outback Bowl.


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  1. Mike Hoffman on

    A schedule that includes Oklahoma, BYU and Navy all in the first five weeks has to rank as one of the top ten toughest starts to any schedule in all of college football.

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