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No. 49: Air Force

You can’t control injuries. There’s nothing a staff can do to keep players on the field and off of crutches; try as one might – and I’m sure there’s a detail-obsessed coach out there who has chewed it over – there’s no way to control the flow of injuries. Typically, those teams that dominate the national title conversation remain largely injury-free, outside of the common nicks and bruises that impact every roster. But for most teams, injuries are a constant, never ending source of pain and anguish. For some the pain stings worse: Air Force, for example, is not a football factory, one that spews out five-star recruits like a slot machine, but rather one of those programs that needs all it can get from each and every player on its roster. Put the Falcons among those teams that must stay healthy – and if they don’t, a once-promising season can quickly take a turn for the worse.

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    No. 23: Air Force

    Wouldn’t it be great if Air Force ran the Air Raid offense? You know, throwing the ball into the wide blue yonder, passes climbing high into the sun before falling gently into a receiver’s hands for six. Unfortunately, the Air Force offense is all meat-and-potatoes, no flash or frills, just the running game. Third-to-last in passing in 2010, no higher than 117th in the F.B.S. since 2006, the Falcons adopted this philosophy long before Paul Johnson revamped Navy and decades before Rich Ellerson did the same at Army. If it’s not broke, why fix it? Yeah, the Air Force Academy puts men and women in the skies, but that doesn’t mean the football program needs to do more than run on first down, run on second down, run on third-and-short and then, if need be, run the ball to convert on fourth down. It’s a philosophy the football program has embraced with open arms for decades.

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      The Countdown

      A bottom-to-top assessment of the F.B.S. landscape heading into the 2012 season.