Oct 10, 2013; Colorado Springs, CO, USA; Air Force Falcons cadets hold a sign during the game against the San Diego State Aztecs at Falcon Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Notre Dame Football: Notre Dame @ Air Force - Predictions

Air Force Falcons

October 26th, 2013 at 5:00 P.M. ET


Last Meeting (2011): Air Force 33-Notre Dame 59

Line: Notre Dame (-20.0)

  • Lead Editor Andrew Hall: Notre Dame 38-Air Force 7
  • Podcast Contributor Brett Arney: Notre Dame 38-Air Force 24
  • Staff Writer Nick Combs: Notre Dame 35-Air Force 14
  • Staff Writer Tim Colin: Notre Dame 38-Air Force 10

Michael James on Air Force’s Offense: 

Brian Kelly and Bob Diaco need to ensure this group recovers from the emotional win over USC and concentrates on the nuisances of Air Force’s option attack.  If not, they could find themselves on their heels early.  The Irish defense has struggled to stop the run all season because they have failed to protect their gaps and the edges, the exact places Air Force attacks.  No doubt, the Irish have more talent, but with a home game on national television expect the cadets to be motivated and ready to play.

The game will come down to Notre Dame’s gap control in between the tackles (Louis Nix, Carlo Calabrese) and their ability to control the edge (Jaylon Smith and Prince Shembo).  If the Irish play disciplined football and force Air Force back inside they will stifle the Falcons option attack and leave them with long yardage third downs, a treacherous situation for a team with a young quarterback and an undersized offensive line.

In the end, Air Force simply does not have the talent to compete for 60 minutes, particularly on defense.  I expect the Falcons to gain yardage but they will be unable to keep pace with the Irish. Notre Dame wins and moves to 6-2.

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