The good people at Maize 'n' Brew interviewed Jeremy Mauss of Mountain West Connection on the difficulties that Air Force presents. The challenges are real, Mauss said, but Mauss was not ready to predict an upset in Ann Arbor:
One thing I am certain of is that Air Force will cover the 20-point spread that Vegas has rolled out. It is extremely rare that the Falcons get blown out. In the end I think that Michigan will be too much and win by about 10-14 points by pulling away in the fourth quarter.
Mauss further theorized that Michigan won't pull away until later in the game, and that it will spend much of the first half trying to figure out the ins and outs of the Air Force offense. It's one thing to look at film and prepare mentally for the option offense, and it surely helps for Michigan's scout team to run it in practice. But it's something else entirely seeing it live and in action, and it requires adjustment.
Head over to Maize 'n' Brew for the full interview.
The Falcons kick off against the Wolverines at Michigan Stadium on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. MT.
For more on Air Force football, visit MWC blog Mountain West Connection and SB Nation Denver. For more on Wolverines football, visit Michigan blog Maize 'n' Brew, plus Big Ten blog Off Tackle Empire and SB Nation Detroit.