Air Force has lost consecutive games to Wyoming and then-No. 12 San Diego State, falling to near the bottom of the conference standings somewhat early in the season. TCU is coming off a 54-52 victory over the Boise State Broncos, but it had lost consecutive games before that.
Both teams are gunning to get back to .500 against Mountain West opponents, as they each have identical 1-2 records through their first three games. Neither team has beaten an opponent from the conference this season other than Boise State, which has lost to both teams. Following this game, Air Force has to take on UNLV, currently ranked No. 15 nationally.