If anybody needs a pick-me up right now, it’s an Air Force football fan. The team has given up 150 points in starting 0-3 in the conference and now the dynamic starting quarterback is suspended indefinitely for academy issues.
Talking with many supporters of the team, the conversation inevitably drifts back to better days, mostly those when Tim DeRuyter served as defensive coordinator. The man seems universally liked and his stature in these parts is growing almost mythic with every touchdown catch an opponent hauls in against the current defense.
So, here’s today’s fun stat. Air Force’s defense ranks 117th in the nation. The team that ranks No. 116? Fresno State. As in, Fresno State, coach by Tim DeRuyter.
The big difference, of course, is that the Bulldogs are 3-0 and Air Force is 1-3. Being armed with one of the nation’s top quarterbacks will do that for a program.
Still, that stat kind of jumped off the screen and seemed like something that needed to be shared with some grass-is-always-greener fans. It’s pretty obvious that stopping offenses in college football is growing exceedingly difficult, and at times even the best in the business are going to struggle with it.