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I spent some time earlier this week in Las Vegas – actually, Henderson, just outside Vegas – for the Mountain West Conference football media gatherings. My notebook is filled to capacity with all sorts of stuff about the Falcons and other teams in the conference, so until practice starts, I’ll throw out some things that I thought were interesting.
-TCU is pretty much everyone’s team to beat. The Horned Frogs have nine of 11 starters back on defense, including preseason MWC Defensive Player of the Year Tommy Blake (DL), and an offense that features preseason MWC Offensive Player of the Year Aaron Brown (RB). They enter the season on an eight-game winning streak.
Said Air Force Coach Troy Calhoun: “Just an outstanding squad. … If you’re looking for weaknesses, you’re not going to find any.”
There probably never is a “good” time to play a team like this, but Air Force has the closest thing to it. The Falcons play host to TCU on Sept. 13 – a Thursday night game that comes less than a week after TCU plays at national powerhouse Texas. If the Frogs ever are going to be vulnerable, it will be that night.
-The sleeper pick in the conference this year seems to be Colorado State. Why? It’s in part because the Rams have most of their starters back from last season, but mostly because of the return of RB Kyle Bell. He rushed for 1,288 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2005 but missed all of last year with a knee injury. Without him, Colorado State rushed for just 918 yards COMBINED in 2006. The Rams’ leader? Gartrell Johnson with 305 yards. Yikes.
I’ll check back later today with some additional thoughts on the Falcons.