Week 8 football preview: New Mexico at Air Force


Air Force quarterback Connor Dietz is likely to fight through nagging shoulder and leg injuries to start Saturday at home against New Mexico. (US Presswire photo by Troy Babbitt)

What Falcons fans need to know as Air Force tries to end a weekend above .500 for the first time since its season-opener.

Who, where, when: New Mexico (4-3, 1-1 Mountain West Conference) at Air Force (3-3, 2-1 MWC), Saturday, 5 p.m. Mountain time (7 p.m. Eastern).

TV: Root Sports (Tim Neverett and Sed Bonner have the call; check here to see if you get the game).

Gambling is illegal in most states: Air Force is an 11-point favorite.

Rising from the desert: New Mexico has won two straight games — its first win streak since 2008. New head coach Bob Davie, who spent a decade in the broadcast booth after running the Notre Dame program, has breathed life into a program that averaged one win a season for the past three years. Read more about Davie’s journey and life with the Lobos here. Key quote: “I’m pretty certain that we have the lowest number of scholarship players in college football.”

Rising from the training table: Air Force senior running back Cody Getz practiced Wednesday, but his status is still unclear for Saturday’s game thanks to an ankle injury suffered against Wyoming last week. Head coach Troy Calhoun told The (Colorado Springs, Colo.) Gazette that senior quarterback Connor Dietz, nursing a variety of ailments, is doing “better,” and fullback Broam Hart (wrist and knuckle injuries) was working through the pain, seeing whether he could carry the football. No solid status updates on any of the backfield, with Dietz still the most likely to play.

Little big men: The Gazette’s David Ramsey on Air Force’s successful but small offensive line — powering the nation’s premier run attack through schemes and angles instead of bulk.

Scouting the Lobos: Kasey Carrier had 161 rushing yards and scored two touchdowns in the Lobos’ 35-23 win in Hawaii on Saturday. Freshman backup quarterback Cole Gautsche added a 104 yards on the ground, including a 76-yard scoring run. Senior quarterback B.R. Holbrook is one of eight returning offensive starters from last year. The New Mexico defense, under Davie’s guidance, has forced 16 turnovers this year — three more than all of 2011.


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