Week 4 football preview


Trent Steelman and the Black Knights visit Duke at 3 p.m. Saturday. (File photo / The Associated Press)

A quick look at the weekend’s games.

• AIR FORCE (2-1) has to rebound from last week’s gut-wrenching loss at Oklahoma, and a trip to Wyoming (2 p.m. Eastern) is on the docket. (Good luck finding the game on TV, unless you have a dish and can pull in The Mtn., the Mountain West Conference’s TV network.)

Wyoming (1-2) hasn’t even averaged two touchdowns per game this season — and is giving up 35 a game —while Air Force is averaging 41.3 points per game, second in the Mountain West and 16th in Division I. And the Falcons’ 399 yards per game on the ground is tops in the country.

In fairness, the Cowboys’ losses have come against two top-10 teams, Texas (34-7) and Boise State (51-6).

Air Force won last year’s game, 10-0.

• ARMY (2-1) and Duke (1-2) square off at 3 p.m. on ESPN3.com on the Blue Devils’ home gridiron, and temperatures are expected to be in the 90s. (How about that fall weather?) Duke was manhandled by Alabama last week, 62-13, and the Blue Devils are giving up 47.7 points per game. Sure, that average is skewed by losing to the nation’s top team — but not by much.

Duke’s also giving up 223 yards per game on the ground, not a good sign when facing the Black Knights. Army is the only team in the country to have at least five players averaging 40 yards or more per game.

Army senior slotback Patrick Mealy, lifted early in last week’s win against North Texas because of a knee injury, is listed atop the depth chart for this week’s game.

Duke won last year’s game at West Point, 35-19.

• NAVY (2-1) has a bye after its 37-23 win at Louisiana Tech, and the bye should give the Mids time to recover from a bunch of injuries, Ricky Dobbs’ balky ankle and a couple concussions among them.

Navy faces Air Force next week.

• COAST GUARD (1-1), smarting after being shut out at Curry College, visits Massachusetts Maritime (1-2) at noon. It’s the New England Football Conference opener for both schools and the Buccaneers’ first game at home.


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