Aug 26, 2013
Colgate (0-0) vs. Air Force (0-0)
TELEVISION: Root Sports
Mark Neely (play-by-play) and Sed Bonner (analyst)
RADIO: KVOR AM 740 in Colorado Springs; The Fan 104.3 in Denver; goairforcefalcons.com
Jim Arthur (play-by-play); Jesse Kurtz (analyst); Jay Ritchie/Bob Ihle (pre- and post-game shows)
GAME FACTS: Air Force opens the 2013 season at home for the seventh consecutive season ... This is the first meeting between Air Force and Colgate ... Air Force was picked third in the Mountain Division of the Mountain West Conference ... This season marks the seventh straight that Air Force is opening the season at home against an FCS opponent ... The Falcons have won 15 straight home openers against unranked teams dating back to 1994.
COACHES: Air Force is coached by Troy Calhoun (Air Force, 1989), who is in his seventh season. He has led the Falcons to 47-31 career record. Calhoun is 29-18 in MW games, 18-13 in non-conference games, 28-9 in Falcon Stadium, 15-17 in road games (12-10 in MW road games) and 2-4 in bowl games.
Colgate is coached by Dick Biddle (Duke, 1971), who is in his 18th season. He has guided the Raiders to a 133-65 career record.
THE SERIES: Air Force and Colgate are meeting for the first time. This meeting also marks the first time the Falcons have played a team from the Patriot League.
COACHING AT YOUR ALMA MATER: Air Force and Colgate both have several coaches that are coaching at their alma mater. Air Force has 10 coaches that are Academy graduates on the staff while Colgate has four coaches that are working at their alma mater.
• Air Force is 36-19-2 overall in season openers, including a 31-8 mark in season openers at home.
• Air Force has won six straight and seven of the last nine season openers with the only losses coming at No. 11 Tennessee in 2006 and vs. No. 13 California in 2004. • The Falcons have won eight of the last nine season openers at home with the only loss coming vs. No. 13 California in 2004.
• Air Force has won 15 straight season openers vs. unranked teams dating back to 34-21 setback vs. Colorado State in 1994.
• Air Force head coach Troy Calhoun is 6-0 in season openers, all six coming at home.
UP NEXT: Air Force hosts Utah State on Saturday, Sept. 7. Kickoff is 1:30 pm at Falcon Stadium. The will be televised nationally on CBS Sports.