Browsing: Air Force Football

The latest on a variety of service academy depth-chart issues: Air Force: The Falcons’ backfield kept the team’s training staff busy after Saturday’s win over Wyoming — seniors Connor Dietz, Cody Getz and Mike DeWitt, along with sophomore Broam Hart, all are nursing injuries, according to The Denver Post. Getz, the nation’s No. 2-ranked rusher, is questionable with an ankle injury, as is fullback Hart (broken bone in wrist, damaged knuckles). Dietz (sore shoulders, knee) and DeWitt (lingering foot injury) are more likely to play Saturday against New Mexico, the Post reports. Army: Senior linebacker Nate Combs will miss Saturday’s…

The basics from both sides as Navy and Air Force kick off the quest for the 2012 Commander in Chief’s Trophy. Who, where, when: Navy (1-3) at Air Force (2-2, 1-1 Mountain West Conference), Saturday, 9:30 a.m. Mountain time (11:30 a.m. Eastern). Wait, when? Yes, 11:30 a.m. Part of a CBS-TV doubleheader that includes Florida at LSU at 3:30 p.m. Eastern. (Spero Dedes and Steve Beuerlein have the call from Colorado Springs.) Gambling is illegal in most states: Air Force is an eight-point favorite. The last time: Navy overcame an 18-point deficit in the fourth quarter to tie the 2011…

Sure, neither team’s above .500, but a rivalry’s a rivalry, and that means it’s time for Air Force-Navy spirit spots. Here’s our first submission, from the Air Force side: It’s no “Gangnam Style,” but it’ll get the ball rolling. If you shoot a spirit spot video or see a good one, send us a link via the comments section below or the After Action Facebook page. It’s all in advance of Saturday’s Navy-Air Force showdown at Falcon Stadium, bright and early at 9:30 a.m. Mountain time. It’s so early, the Air Force Academy will let tailgaters set up the night…

What Falcons fans need to know as Air Force looks for its first Mountain West Conference win. Who, where, when: Colorado State (1-3, 0-0 MWC) at Air Force (1-3, 0-1 MWC), Saturday, noon Mountain time (2 p.m. EST). TV: Altitude network (Bill Doleman and Jay Leeuwenburg have the call). Do I get the Altitude network?: Maybe. Gambling is illegal in most states: Air Force is a 14.5-point favorite. Colorado championship: The Rams downed Colorado 22-17 in their season-opener and the Falcons won’t play Colorado this season, so a win would give Air Force some regional bragging rights. Air Force coach…

What Air Force fans need to know as the Falcons begin Mountain West Conference play. Who, where, when: Air Force (1-1, 0-0 MWC) at UNLV (0-3, 0-0 MWC), Saturday, 10 p.m. Eastern. TV: Altitude (check here to see if it’s available in your area; Barry Tompkins and Jay Leeuwenberg have the call) Gambling is illegal in most states (but not Nevada): Air Force is a 10.5-point favorite. Comforts of home?: This will be UNLV’s fourth-straight home game to open the season. They’ve loss all by eight points or less, including last week’s 35-27 defeat at the hands of Washington State.…

Most of the conference realignment headlines have centered around the Big East, which formerly hosted Notre Dame in sports other than football and will host its first service academy — Navy — come 2015. But the Mountain West Conference, which has been Air Force’s home since the league’s inception, hasn’t been immune to such major changes: TCU left to join the Big East, then ended up in the Big 12 beginning this season. Boise State joined the MWC in 2011 and has already punched out to join the Big East in 2013. BYU left the football-conference game entirely, leaving the…

Four quick hits from Saturday’s games, which saw Army and Navy both fall to 0-2 on the season. 1. P.J.’s big day. We told you about Penn State senior/enlisted Navy diver P.J. Byers last week, and while the officer candidate didn’t play during Saturday’s 34-7 win over Navy, he was part of Penn State’s Military Appreciation Day tribute. Byers carried the American flag onto the Beaver Stadium turf in the above picture, served as a game captain and was honored in a second-half ceremony along with teammate and former Marine Brent Smith, a freshman who also didn’t see action. While…

A picture that has everything: Two Air Force legends in their 1960s finest, painfully attempting to make a staged photo not look staged in the slightest: On the left is Ben Martin, who took over the Air Force program in 1958. In his first season, the Falcons’ fourth overall, he led Air Force to its only undefeated record and a berth in the Cotton Bowl, where his squad fought to a scoreless tie with TCU. Martin, a Naval Academy grad, coached 20 years at Air Force. He would later work as a broadcaster with ABC Sports, then return to Colorado…

Five football updates as the season approaches. Count down with us, won’t you? 1. Falcons on the Web. Don’t bother checking your local listings for the Air Force-Idaho State game Sept. 1: It’ll be available online-only after talks broke off with a regional sports network, according to The (Colorado Springs, Colo.) Gazette. Last year’s opener against South Dakota State was broadcast, along with many of the Falcons’ contests, on The Mtn., a regional sports network that went off the air earlier this year. Air Force will continue to pursue broadcast deals for two other home games without TV clearance, according…

A handful of quick military-sports hits for the middle of the week: Olympic fever. Want the basics on the military men and women who’ll compete in London beginning later this week? Click here for our OFFduty preview, including capsule profiles on all 16 of them, plus the dates they’ll compete. For a more complete view of the games, head to USA Today’s site here (and a full Olympic schedule here). The 2012 Summer Olympics kicked off today with women’s soccer contests — a perfect reason to catch this video Q-and-A with Navy women’s soccer coach Carin Gabarra, a member of…

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