Air Force Falcons 2009 College Football Predictions, College Football Picks & College Football Odds: Air Force has reached two bowl games during Coach Troy Calhoun’s two year tenure at the program. While both of those bowls ended in close and painful losses, the Falcons are still headed in the right direction. Few expected Air Force to compete in the Mountain West Conference last year, especially since the conference was so strong, but the team garnered a winning record in conference play. Now the goal is to get to a bowl game and win it. Odds makers at Sportsbook.com have college football predictions on the Air Force Falcons 50-1 odds to win the BSC 2010 National Championship.
Few teams in the nation run as well as Air Force and that will again be what this team does. Running back Asher Clark is back after rushing for 588 yards as a freshman and he should be in for a big year. The absence of Todd Newell is a concern, but there are a handful of players, most notably Jared Tew who averaged an impressive 6.6 yards per carry in limited action last year, ready to pick up the slack. Quarterback Tim Jefferson was also just a freshman last year and did an admirable job.
The defense was a big surprise last year, but it remains to be seen if they can keep it up. Jake Pauslon came out of nowhere and tallied 9.0 sacks and 14.5 tackles-for-loss. His consistent pressure into the backfield made the entire unit much more effective. Even fellow end Ryan Kemp is gone and now it will be up to nose guard Ben Garland to be the experienced player on the line and the coaching staff has to find a couple new ends that can get pressure on the quarterback.
Ryan Harrison, one of the best placekickers in AFA history, left a gaping hole, and there’s no obvious replacement. Zack Bell, Erik Soderberg and Garrett Jack were consistent in their inconsistency in spring practice. Brandon Geyer should be a powerful punter.