Air Force gets a warm up game before they take on TCU in week two and they are expected to win and win quite easily. Since the game is not on the board due to this game is between a FCS and FBS team, however there are a few brave souls who went out and predicted every game this weekend and that includes Air Force vs. South Dakota. Now onto the predictions.
South Dakota split its two games vs. FBS teams last year, losing 38-7 at UCF before shocking Minnesota, 41-38. Don't count on another upset this weekend. Troy Calhoun's team is too good and too well prepared to slip up in Week 1.
Air Force 48, South Dakota 13
THE BUZZ: This is the fifth consecutive season Air Force has opened with a FCS opponent. The Falcons have won the previous four by a combined 181 points. South Dakota played one FBS school last season and beat Minnesota 41-38.
THE PICK: Air Force 45, South Dakota 17
How do FCS teams beat FBS ones? With superior execution. When the FCS team has a veteran team that knows how to run their playbook and the FBS team is searching for themselves then an FCS upset becomes a real possibility. South Dakota has its end lined up, but no one will out execute Air Force. South Dakota will hang around for the first half and make the effort of finding the game on the Mtn network worth while, but Air Force will make it a laugher in the second half.
CFN Prediction: Air Force 41, South Dakota 13