Sept. 29, 2002
Air Force is ranked 25th in this week's ESPN/USA Today coaches poll and 27th in the Associated Press writer's poll released today. The Falcons received 96 points in the coach's poll and 84 in the writer's poll. This week marks the first time since the final poll of 1998 that Air Force has been nationally ranked. That season, AFA finished 10th in the coaches poll and 13th in the writer's poll.
"It's a great honor to have your program recognized nationally, but as I've always said it not where you're ranked early in the season that counts. What matters most is where you're ranked in November and December," Air Force head coach Fisher DeBerry said.
The Falcons, 4-0 overall and 2-0 in the Mountain West Conference, are off to its best start since the 1997 season when the team opened 7-0 en route to a 10-3 record. The 4-0 starts marks the fifth time in the DeBerry era that the team has been perfect through its first four games. In the other four years, AFA has averaged 10 wins per season and gone to a post-season bowl game every year.
Air Force opens BIG October this week by hosting Navy on Saturday, Oct. 5, at 1 p.m. in Falcon Stadium. AFA plays four home games in the month of October, including games with nationally ranked teams Colorado State and Notre Dame.