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Saturday’s Air Force-New Mexico game wasn’t available on national cable television, so for those who missed it, a quick recap: Air Force’s leading rusher, Cody Getz, aggravated his left ankle injury on the first play of the game and didn’t return. Air Force allowed New Mexico junior Kasey Carrier to rack up 338 yards on the ground and three touchdowns. No Air Force running back topped 100 yards, and the Falcons’ leading rusher, junior Ty MacArthur, plays wide receiver. New Mexico jumped out to a 10-0 lead before the halfway point of the first quarter. … And despite all that,…

Seven news bites as the first Commander in Chief’s Trophy battle nears: 1. Sad Navy news. Navy slotback John Howell’s football career likely ended Saturday. The senior suffered a right knee injury in the first quarter against San Jose State and was helped off the field; he watched Monday’s workout from the sidelines on crutches, according to this Washington Times report, and Navy head coach Ken Niumatalolo said Howell wouldn’t play again this season. Howell racked up more than 500 yards rushing at Navy, including 60 this season on just six carries. Expect junior Darius Staten and senior Bo Snelson…

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…

Navy fans against the football team’s 2015 move to the Big East conference almost had their wish. Joe Bailey, the conference’s former interim commissioner, told the Bloomberg Sports Business Summit late last week that the league — which will have expanded its football presence to California, Idaho, Tennessee and Texas by the time Navy joins — “has commissioned a study to consider alternative names.” Bailey didn’t give a timetable, but with a study already underway, it seemed a safe bet that by 2015, Navy would not be joining the Big East, but some other newly minted organization with a name…

Air Force won its opener by 35 points. Michigan lost its opener by 27 points on national television in prime time. So, who’s the three-touchdown underdog going into the Week 2 Falcons-Wolverines game in Ann Arbor? One hint — its the squad from a conference that has exactly zero teams in The Associated Press Top 25. Here’s the basics for this nonconference showdown: Who, when and where: Air Force (1-0) at Michigan (0-1), Saturday, 3:30 p.m. Eastern. TV: ABC or ESPN2 (check your local listings; Bob Wischusen and Danny Kanell have the call) Gambling is illegal in most states: For…

The Denver Broncos waived Air Force Academy grad Ben Garland on Friday, but the defensive tackle might not need to pack his bags just yet. Garland, who recorded a sack in Denver’s preseason-ending 16-13 win over Arizona on Thursday, could end up on the Broncos’ practice squad, according to multiple reports. (UPDATE: The Broncos released their practice squad via Twitter, and Garland’s on it.) Denver and the 31 other NFL clubs had to cut their rosters to 53 players by 9 p.m. Eastern on Friday, but at noon Saturday, the teams can begin building practice squads of up to eight…

We’ve been Dublin-heavy this week as the start of the college football season nears, but Navy won’t be the only service academy to open its season Saturday — just the only one to do it on national television in a foreign country. Far from the spotlight but far more likely to come out victorious, Air Force will kick off against Football Championship Subdivision (the artists formerly known as Division I-AA; another name change pending) foe Idaho State. Here’s a quick breakdown. When and where: Saturday, noon Mountain time (2 p.m. Eastern), Falcon Stadium. TV: None, but the the game will…

Four quick hits to start the week before kickoff: 1. Irish saving on airline tickets. Notre Dame senior running back Cierre Wood, the projected starter for the Irish after topping 1,000 yards on the ground last season, was suspended Sunday for the first two games of 2012, including Saturday’s contest against Navy in Dublin, according to multiple reports. Wood will sit because of unspecified rules violations and will be joined on the sideline by reserve defensive end Justin Utupo, also out for unspecified reasons. But that’s nowhere near the full list. Also suspended for Dublin are quarterback Tommy Rees and…

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