MWC football analysis: Aggies should win conference-opener vs. Air Force Falcons (11 items)
Editor's note: This post originally appeared on the MWC football analysis blog, and has been republished with permission by the author.
The Aggies open up against the Falcons this Saturday on the road in the MWC opener. It shouldn't matter where the game is played — the Aggies should come out a winner.
Here's a closer look at all the factors going into this week two matchup between the Utah State Aggies and Air Force Falcons.
1 of 11. Nuts and bolts
Kickoff time: 1:30 p.m. MT
Stadium: Falcon Stadium, located near Colorado Springs, Colo.
Elevation of stadium: 6,621 feet
Elevation change for Utah State: Although Falcon Stadium has an elevation of more than 6,000 feet, Utah State will only be experiencing an elevation increase of 1,911 feet. Consequently, stadium elevation should have an insignificant effect on Utah State.
Travel distance for Utah State: Insignificant (less than 1,000 miles)
Time change for Utah State: None
Field surface: Artificial (FieldTurf)
Weather: Forecasted daytime high temperature is 87 degrees. Forecasted daytime high humidity is 46 percent. Isolated thunderstorms may delay or interrupt the game. There is a 30 percent chance of rain. The UV index will be very high.
Stadium noise: Moderate
2 of 11. Dual-threat quarterback
But McCarney is not Utah State's Chuckie Keeton. More importantly, McCarney was operating behind Colgate’s FCS offensive line, while Keeton will be operating behind Utah State’s experienced and powerful offensive line.
3 of 11. Aggies in the trenches
Utah State will have a challenge in run blocking outside the tackles and in pass blocking, but Utah State’s offensive line is extremely experienced and should know how to block a faster opponent.
4 of 11. Aggie passing game
However, USU's Keeton is among the best quarterbacks in the nation. He is very accurate, going 31-for-40 in Week 1 vs. Utah, and is extremely difficult to sack. Keeton should have good individual passing statistics against Air Force, but nothing extraordinary.
Overall, Utah State’s passing offense should be effective against Air Force’s passing defense.
5 of 11. Aggie rushing game
Keeton may have difficulty gaining rushing yards against Air Force’s disciplined and fast defenders.