Posted: Aug 30, 2010 3:37 PM by Jordan Mason
Updated: Aug 30, 2010 8:08 PM
It is college football kickoff week. Air Force is getting ready for its season opener on Saturday.
And just as it seems every season, the Falcons haven't gotten much respect from the pollsters. But that may not be the biggest insult.
I've been doing a lot of research at home and have come to a definitive conclusion that NCAA Football 11 is the most realistic college football video game I've ever played. I mean, look at those graphics!
And it has the Air Force option attack and the passionate Falcon Stadium fans, but there's one big problem.
"These ratings are kind of off," said Air Force quarterback Tim Jefferson. "That was my first reaction to it."
With an A the best and F the worst, the Falcons were given a C+ by Electronic Arts, the company that makes the game. That C+ is the same as the CSU Rams, and worse than the B- of the CU Buffs.
"It's an improvement from past years, which still isn't enough," said Air Force running back Jared Tew. "They usually don't give those academies much respect."
The Air Force defense returns five starters from a team that was the nation's top pass defense last season.
Yet, in the game, the Falcons are a C+ on defense.
"I don't think we got much team credit this year even after what we've done," said Air Force cornerback Reggie Rembert. "It's just a game."
Yes, just a game, but also just the latest example of how Air Force football, despite three straight bowl games, is still saying, where's the respect?
"We're always underdogs," said Jefferson.
Air Force's opener is Saturday against Northwestern State. Kickoff is at noon at Falcon Stadium.