It has been a month since USAFA released the 2007 schedule, but I just happened to notice it today. It seems like they’re playing the standard conference games (of course). Also of no surprise, it seems as though the home opener (which falls on Parent’s Weekend – the first chance for the freshman to see family in 4 months) is against a Division I-AA team. This actually happened a year or two while I was there. I guess you supposedly get the guaranteed win to boost morale that weekend (and some good points in the betting pool for me perhaps). Then again, with the team being entirely uprooted with new coaching and tactics, the So. Carolina St. game may be Troy Calhoun’s litmus test. Here’s the line-up (all times are Mountain, the parenthesis indicate televised games with the station):
Sept. 1 — So Carolina St (mtn) — 12 p.m.
Sept. 8 — at Utah (mtn) — 4 p.m.
Sept. 13 — TCU (CSTV) — 6 p.m.
Sept. 22 — at BYU (mtn) — 1 p.m.
Sept. 29 — at Navy (CSTV) — 11 a.m.
Oct. 6 — UNLV (mtn) — 7 p.m.
Oct. 13 — at Colorado State (mtn) — 3:30 p.m.
Oct. 20 — Wyoming (mtn) — 12 p.m.
Oct. 25 — at New Mexico (VERSUS) — 7 p.m.
Nov. 3 — Army (CSTV) — 1:30 p.m.
Nov. 10 — at Notre Dame (NBC) — 12:30 p.m.
Nov. 17 — San Diego State — 12 p.m.
Nov. 24 — OPEN
It looks like the toughest game we have is (obviously) Notre Dame at Notre Dame. I’m sure I’ll have a pretty big sidebet going with John the Irishman on that one. Tackling Utah, TCU and BYU back-to-back probably won’t bring about the best beginning to the season, but at least it won’t be your standard “leave the gate running, then ½ way through the season, start choking and losing” concept of the previous 3 years. I’ll bet the first 4 games will pretty much decide the rest of the AF season.
Like I said in my previous football post, it will be interesting to see how Calhoun decides to change the strategies and how well they work for a team that is composed of guys with less mass than your typical college team. I’m hoping airing the ball a little more will be a good answer, especially with QB Shaun Carney returning for his final season. From what I’ve seen, he’s probably the best passer the Air Force has had for at least ten years. Now we just need the rest of the support-structure to fall into place.