Colgate vs. Air Force: Game Preview, Kick Time, TV and Radio Schedule, Livestream, Prediction
The Falcons begin 2019 by hosting FCS Colgate, but is this just another tuneup? Here’s how to watch and our preview of the game.
WEEK 1: Air Force vs. Colgate
WHEN: Saturday, August 31 — 3:30 PM EST/1:30 PM MT
WHERE: Falcon Stadium; Colorado Springs, Colorado (46,692)
RADIO: The Air Force broadcast can be found in and around Colorado Springs on KVOR 940 AM, as well as in Denver on 104.3 FM, on the Armed Forces Network, and on satellite radio through Sirius channel 99.
SERIES RECORD: Air Force leads the series 1-0. In the lone prior meeting on August 31, 2013, the Falcons beat the Raiders 38-13.
ODDS (via OddsShark): Air Force -20.5
2018 STAT PROFILES: link
The 2019 campaign for Air Force kicks off against Colgate, in what seems to be a tradition for the Falcons to begin the season against an FCS opponent.
Troy Calhoun has never lost to an FCS team in his tenure at Air Force and I would not expect that streak to be in jeapordy this year. That is not necessarily an indictment on the Colgate Raiders, but reflects of a talented Falcon team.
Colgate is coming off of a great 2018 season in which they had one of FCS’s top defenses. Unfortunately for the Raiders, though, a lot of those players have since graduated. Offensively, they do return an all-conference performer at quarterback in Grant Breneman, but it should be a pretty steep and uphill battle to match scores with the cadets from Colorado Springs.
This should be an opportunity to work through the depth of the Air Force roster and on-field communication. There still isn’t clarity on the starting quarterback as the two-deep still lists both Donald Hammond III and Isaiah Sanders as possible starters. I don’t know that this game will validate a starter, but it certainly is a starting point.
Look for a lot of players to get carries and make appearances on the stat sheet. Air Force falls one point short of a fifty burger, but covers the spread with a victory.
Air Force 49, Colgate 17