Air Force vs Michigan State: 5 bold predictions

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Sep 12, 2015; East Lansing, MI, USA; Oregon Ducks running back Royce Freeman (21) gets tackled by Michigan State Spartans cornerback Vayante Copeland (13) during the fourth quarter at Spartan Stadium. The Spartans beat the Ducks 31-28. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

3. ‘No Fly Zone’ holds AF under 40 passing yards

There’s a bad pun to be made here somewhere.

How about, the ‘No Fly Zone’ will be in full effect against Air Force’s aerial assault.

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Forty passing yards may seem like a shockingly low number, but it is an attainable goal for a top defense facing a triple-option with a backup quarterback.

Air Force has averaged only nine pass attempts per game this season. I would expect that number to be even lower now that starter Nate Romine is out for the year.

Backup quarterback Karson Roberts hasn’t thrown a pass in a game in two years, and has only completed 21 passes in his entire career.

It will be a much-welcomed break for the the Spartans’ secondary, which has given up an average of 337 passing yards per game this season to the talented aerial assaults of Oregon and Western Michigan.

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