1.) Tackle in Open Space: When you play Air Force you can expect a grinding out game that is option heavy. When it comes to the Falcons, they have one major objective on offense. That is to get their play-makers in open space. For Boise State to be successful Friday night, they will have to tackle better, much better actually. Air Force is going to get guys into the open field, the question will be can Boise State stop them when they get there? For BSU to win this game they will have to win one-on-one match ups in open space. Ioane and Thompson will have to make some big plays in this game.
2.) Make Stops on 1st & 2nd down: Air Force has thrown the ball 29 times in 2 games this season. They have only completed 13 of those 29 passes, and only have 1 touchdown through the air. This is what Air Force is and will likely always be, a team who is very limited in the passing game. If Boise State can make stops on 1st & 2nd down, Air Force will be forced to throw the ball. Something they are not comfortable doing. Putting the Falcons in 3rd and long consistently throughout this game would give Boise State a huge advantage.
3.)Play From Ahead: Just like stopping the Falcons on 1st & 2nd down, getting ahead in the ballgame has the same results. Air Force is not a come-from-behind type of team. If Boise State can build a quick and early lead on the Falcons. Air Force will be forced to try to move the ball through tactics that do not fit their scheme. If Boise State jumps to a substantial lead it will take a lot of pressure off the Bronco’s defense, and put a lot of pressure on the Falcon’s inexperienced QB’s.
4.) Stay Balanced on Offense: Air Force has played Utah State and Colgate this season. And in both games they showed their defense has some work to do. For Boise State to win this game they should stay balanced on offense. Much like last week, opportunities will present them self if Boise State stays committed both to the pass and the run. Against Air Force Chuckie Keeton went off for 5 passing TD’s and 77 yards on the ground. Boise State might not have Chuckie Keeton, but they do have a lot of weapons to distribute the ball to. Get the ball in the hands of the play-makers and good things will happen. Shane Williams-Rhodes, Burks, and Ajayi will have chances to make big plays. If they do, this game could come very easily for the Broncos.
5.) Blue on Blue: Seems silly right? Something like uniforms matching the field making a difference? This is the first time we get wear our blue uniforms for the Mountain West, so why not celebrate? Boise State should come out with a lot of energy and the fans should as well. Blue out in the crowd, and a blue out on the field and ESPN on a Friday night, what more could fans, players, and coaches ask for? This is a chance for Boise State to show that what happened to start the season, has nothing to do with now. A win over Air Force gets Boise State right back in the national picture.
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