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Eli McGuire made the most of his opportunity at the East-West Shrine game.
Mountain West ties for most G5 wins
New Mexico, San Diego State, Hawai'i and Air Force won bowl games to give the Mountain West a 4-3 bowl record. No other Group of 5 conference earned more wins.
Air Force overcame a very slow start to roll over South Alabama in the Arizona Bowl, denying the Jaguars their first-ever bowl victory.
Arion Worthman threw for 207 yards to balance out Air Force's run-heavy offense, Jacobi Owens scored two touchdowns and the Falcons overcame a sluggish start to beat South Alabama 45-21 in Arizon
Dave Tuley ESPN Staff Writer
Air Force beats South Alabama 45-21 in Arizona Bowl. The ViewFromVegas is the Falcons covered as 14.5-point favorites and the game went over the betting total of 54.5. This was the second straight cover by a favorite in the bowl games, but underdogs are still dominating at 23-9 ATS (71.9 percent). Unders dip to 18-14 (56.3 percent).
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Since going up 21-3, South Alabama has 25 yards of offense and now trails Air Force 45-21
Breaking down the Arizona Bowl
Air Force has the advantage in all three phases of the game. ESPN's FPI gives the Falcons a 77 percent chance to beat South Alabama, and our experts agree. Bowl picks (Insider)
Schlabach confident in Air Force
Mark Schlabach describes 30 of this year's 40 bowl games as toss-ups. However, this isn't one of them. He expects Air Force to handily win the Nova Home Loans Arizona Bowl over South Alabama. Schlabach's bowl predictions
Mountain West projected to finish third
The Las Vegas Bowl between San Diego State and Houston on Saturday is maybe the most intriguing game the Mountain West has to offer during bowl season. But the conference is favored to win four of its seven matchups. Who will win bowl season? (Insider)
Falcons deserved better bowl matchup
Air Force went 9-3, won the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy and knocked off Boise State. The Falcons' reward is an uninspiring matchup against South Alabama. Bowl selection losers (Insider)
Not all records are created equal. Some teams fatten up on cupcakes to secure wins, while others load up on tough teams despite the risk of losses. You'll notice the difference this bowl season.
Rittenberg favors Air Force
South Alabama has had its ups and downs, beating San Diego State and Mississippi State but struggling on the road. That inconsistency leads ESPN's Adam Rittenberg to favor Air Force in the Arizona Bowl. Bowl Predictions
The Jaguars are making just the second bowl appearance in school history, while the Falcons have made the postseason nine of the past 10 years.
Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer
Western Kentucky's Jeff Brohm will be the leading candidate at Cincinnati if the school can land him ahead of possibly two Power 5 options (Purdue and Baylor). Others include Air Force coach Troy Calhoun and Ohio State defensive coordinator Luke Fickell. Buckeyes assistant Kerry Coombs also could get a look as he has extensive roots in the Cincinnati area.
The blood alcohol content of former Air Force star QB Dee Dowis was nearly three times the legal limit when he died in a car accident on Aug. 29.
Air Force flying into Tucson?
The Falcons will be looking for their sixth straight victory in the NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl against Idaho, according to ESPN's Mark Schlabach and Brett McMurphy. Bowl projections
Air Force had a late goal-line stand, Tyler Weaver returned a blocked punt 11 yards for a touchdown and the Falcons beat No. 19 Boise State 27-20 on Friday.
Mountain West could see shake-up
According to ESPN's FPI, Wyoming's chance to clinch the Mountain Division is nearly a coin flip. New Year's Six-contending Boise State needs a win and a Cowboys loss.
What is Air Force's destiny?
There is only one potential landing spot when it comes to bowl games for the Falcons, according to ESPN's Mark Schlabach and Brett McMurphy. Bowl projections
Quarterback Arion Worthman rushed for 215 yards and threw a 22-yard touchdown pass to Jalen Robinette with 32 seconds left as Air Force beat San Jose State 41-38 in Mountain West Conference play
Tim McVey scored four touchdowns, Air Force's porous defense forced a late fumble and the Falcons held off Colorado State 49-46 on Saturday night in the highest-scoring game of the rivalry.