Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Scouting the 2011 opponents: Air Force

Two years ago, Air Force nearly de-railed TCU's undefeated run to the Fiesta Bowl when they came within an onside kick of completing a miraculous comeback before finally falling to the Frogs, 20-17, in frigid conditions in Colorado Springs. Two years before that, the Falcons beat the Frogs by that same 20-17 margin in a Thursday night game also in Colorado Springs. The point is, Air Force plays TCU very tough at home, and the Frogs will have their hands full on their trip to play the Falcons in Week 2.

On offense, Air Force returns three starters on the line that will power their ultra-dangerous triple-option attack- led by senior quarterback Tim Jefferson and senior tailback Asher Clark. Fullback is a vital position in their scheme, and departed star Jared Tew will be replaced by junior Wesley Cobb- but also keep an eye on true freshman Tyrone Sauls.

Any team that runs the ball so much on offense has to be strong defensively, and the Falcons are just that. They return eight starters from a unit that allowed the fewest points in the MWC a year ago and the fourth-fewest yards. All three starting linebackers are back, and all three are seniors. Jordan Waiwaiole is in the middle, and led the team with 96 tackles last year.

Dave Campbell's Texas Football picked the Frogs to finish the regular season 10-2, with the trip to Colorado Springs as one of those two L's. How do you feel about the Frogs' September 10th conference opener? Is it one of the games causing you some concern going into the season, or do you see the Frogs breaking the recent trend of razor-close games against Air Force on the road?

1 comment:

Sir Wesley Willis said...

This game is terrifying, but we won't really have any idea until after Baylor I suppose