For Air Force and South Alabama, it’s once again time to play some football.
It’s been about a month since both teams took the field, but that’s about to change during the 2016 Arizona Bowl.
After starting the year 4-0, Air Force (9-3, 5-3 Mountain West Conference) dropped three straight to Wyoming, New Mexico and Hawaii. The Falcons reached bowl eligibility in Week 10 with a blowout victory over Army. Air Force finished as the fourth-best team in the competitive Mountain Division of the MWC.
South Alabama (6-6, 2-6 Sun Belt) opened with a big win over Mississippi State, but finished eighth in the conference. The Jaguars reached the six-win mark in their regular-season finale against New Mexico State.
Air Force vs. South Alabama: Arizona Bowl game time, details
Time: 5:30 p.m. ET kickoff
Date: Friday, Dec. 30
Location: Arizona Stadium, Tuscon, Ariz.
Weather: High of 70 degrees with no chance of precipitation
The line: Air Force is a 13.5-point favorite
What TV channel is the Arizona Bowl between Air Force and South Alabama on?
It will be televised on American Sports Network and Campus Insiders.
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Air Force vs. South Alabama keys to the Arizona Bowl
1. Stopping the run
Air Force finished the season with the nation’s No. 3 rushing attack (322.8 yards per game) behind New Mexico and Army. The Falcons had four rushers with more than 600 yards, including senior Jacobi Owens, who had a team-high 785. South Alabama finished as the nation’s No. 98 rushing defense, allowing 212.1 yards per game.
2. Slowing the triple option
While this also falls into the category of stopping the run, slowing the triple option is a different animal. South Alabama needs to play disciplined football and stick to its assignments against Air Force. The Jaguars struggled against Georgia Southern, which implements a similar style, while allowing 304 yards and 3 scores on the ground in Week 2. For comparison, Georgia Southern finished as the nation’s No. 29 rushing attack.
3. South Alabama QB Dallas Davis
The Jaguars’ sophomore quarterback finished the season as the Sun Belt’s No. 2 passer in yards per game (246.1) while throwing for 10 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. Air Force struggled against the pass, finishing 11th out of 12 Mountain West schools (251.2 yards per game) this season. Davis could be in for a big game.