Air Force vs. Hawai'i: Falcons play for bowl eligibility against hapless Warriors

Ron Chenoy-US PRESSWIRE

Air Force plays to qualify for its sixth-straight bowl game with a win on Friday.

The Air Force Falcons host the Hawai'i Warriors Friday night, looking to clinch bowl eligibility with a win in Colorado Springs.

The Falcons hope to reverse fortunes after two ugly losses at the hands of Army and San Diego State. Air Force lost those two games by a combined score of 69-30 while committing a total of nine turnovers. When the Falcons take care of the ball they are tough to beat, totaling 335 rushing yards per game via the option attack. Running back Cody Getz has eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark, while quarterback Connor Dietz has added more than 600 yards of his own.

Luckily for Air Force in its bid to become bowl eligible, not only has Hawai'i yet to win over an FBS opponent, it has yet to come close. The Warriors' eight losses have come by an average score of 49-15. Things have become bad enough that first-year coach Norm Chow has opened up the quarterback position. Previously unchallenged starter Sean Schroeder (1,546 yards, nine touchdowns) is battling Jeremy Higgins (210 yards, zero touchdowns) for the spot.

Hawai'i will also be without leading rusher Will Gregory, who was suspended by Chow after throwing a punch, which resulted in an ejection, in the Warriors' last game against Boise State.

Date/Time: Fri., Nov. 16, 7:30 p.m. MT

TV: ESPN2

Odds: Air Force is favored by 23 points

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