COLORADO SPRINGS — The Air Force Falcons haven't messed around during their two-week bye period, they've had one objective: To prepare for an upset bid at Colorado.
"We know where we stand at the end of the day, run the ball heavy and then when they fall asleep hit them for six," Falcons senior wide receiver Geraud Sanders said. "I'll be ready out there, me and DJ (Williams) have been connecting all week and we're ready for this weekend."
This will be the first meeting on the football field between the Falcons and Buffaloes since 1974. A year which brought us the Watergate Scandal, The Rumble in the Jungle and a new Major League Baseball home run king in Hank Aaron.
Nostalgia aside, this is a monumental opportunity for an Air Force program in need of a signature win after a few down years. A victory over Colorado at Folsom Field Saturday would be just the ticket.
"I think in the past during the bye weeks we've been working on Army/Navy stuff and then looking at Boulder," senior defensive back Jeremy Fejedelem said. "During the bye week we focused straight at Colorado football and we're ready to go."
With the Buffaloes coming off a dramatic 34-31 overtime win over Nebraska, Troy Calhoun's team is hoping their lack of preparation for the triple-option offense and a healthy defense will be the perfect combination for an upset win.
"We're confident but I wouldn't say we're cocky about it," senior linebacker Kyle Johnson said. "We recognize the situation and how close it's going to be and that drives our preparation."