Teams get their first taste of action

Sep 13, 2005 4:14 AM

Air Force has not had back-to-back losing seasons under Fisher DeBerry and it doesn’t appear this year will be different.

The Falcons improved to 2-0 with a 41-29 victory over San Diego State and showed pundits that they are more than just a running team. Shaun Carney hit 10 of 12 passes for 231 yards and tossed a 38-yard TD pass as Air Force amassed 503 yards of total offense.

Colorado also reached the 2-0 mark following an easy 39-0 win over New Mexico State. The only interest in that contest was in the spread (24½), which the Buffaloes managed to cover early in the third quarter. The Buffs are now 5-2 against the number in their last seven games, including a 4-1 run to end the 2004 season.

Colorado’s opening game victim, rival Colorado State, fell to 0-2 after a 56-24 pounding at Minnesota. The Golden Gophers’ top offensive player, RB Laurence Maroney, had a ho-hum day by his standards (26-133, 2 TDs). A 20-point third quarter broke open the game, which closed with the Rams as a 12-point underdog.

The Buffs are idle this week, preparing for a key Sept. 24 road matchup at Miami of Florida. So, we’ll concentrate on the Falcons and Rams.

Wyoming 1½ at Air Force (53½): The visiting Cowboys come off a 38-0 win over hapless Louisiana Monroe. It was Wyoming’s first shutout in nine years, so don’t expect a replay this week at the Academy. This figures to be a tough test for Air Force, which is 0-4 ATS against the Pokes since 2001.

This could be more of an aerial show than in past matchups. Carney has made the Force much more of a threat through the air, while Wyoming QB Corey Bramlet is considered one of the top passers in the Mountain West Conference. Bramlet threw for 223 yards and a touchdown against Monroe. We think the line is favorable toward the Falcons. In fact, we would have given 7. AIR FORCE.

Nevada at Colorado St: Sonny Lubick deserves a break and he’ll get one this week. The Rams have 14 days to prepare for Nevada, which was pounded last Friday by Washington State. Facing Colorado and Minnesota on the road is not the way to open a football season.

CSU figures to bounce back strong against Reno. That means a hefty double digit spread. But we have a week to deal with that.