Troy Calhoun has revived Air Force’s football program. He’s changed a loser to a winner.
But there’s one challenge where he’s failed miserably.
He hasn’t beaten Brigham Young. He hasn’t come close. (A reader – thanks AFAFan – points out that Calhoun hasn’t beaten Navy, either, but his Air Force teams have played Navy tough. The Falcons haven’t played BYU anywhere close to tough.)
Air Force has a sorry history against BYU. The Cougars lead the all-time series, 26-6. The Cougars have won the last six meetings by a combined score of 243-130. That’s 40.5 points per game.
That, if you’re an Air Force fan, player or coach, is humiliating.
The Cougars have beaten Calhoun-led teams three straight times by a combined score of 107-51.
If you’re looking for the most interesting, most entertaining game of AFA’s season, you don’t have to look far.
BYU visits Falcon Stadium Sept. 11. The Cougars boast Jake Heaps, considered the nation’s top high school quarterback last season. He looks on his way to joining BYU’s long line of gifted quarterbacks, a line that includes Mr. Clean, Jim McMahon, and Steve Young and Mad Max Hall. (I’ll miss Mad Max; he ranks among the most unpopular players in Mountain West history.)
No doubt, Heaps will deliver all kinds of damage during his BYU career.
But there is reason to doubt he will inflict major damage when he visits Sept. 11. A true freshman will be battling against what might be Air Force’s strongest-ever secondary. Reggie Rembert, Jon Davis and Anthony Wright Jr. are the Falcons best players. Each is extremely dangerous with the ball in his hands. Each is a threat to steal a pass and ramble to the end zone.
This will be an intriguing battle. The kid vs. the wily veterans. The kid leading the program that has been beating up on the Falcons for decades.
Should be great weather. Should be a great show.
The Falcons might – or lack of might – will be revealed early this season.
Check out Jake Schaller’s Air Force blog. Make sure to scroll down a bit to see Jake’s look at next season’s Army-AFA football game: