The Air Force Falcons are planning to play two football games this season against fellow service academies Army and Navy.
The Falcons' abbreviated schedule will include hosting Navy on Oct. 3 at the Air Force Academy and a trip to West Point, New York, to face Army on Nov. 7. The military schools annually take part in competing for the coveted Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy, which goes to the academy with the best record in the round-robin competition.
Navy currently has possession of the trophy after beating both schools last season.
Air Force was in a holding pattern after its conference, the Mountain West, decided in August to postpone fall sports due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The team has been practicing since Aug. 24 in compliance with protocols.
Army is off to a 2-0 start after beating Middle Tennessee State and Louisiana-Monroe. The Black Knights have 12 games on their schedule.
Navy lost 55-3 to Brigham Young on Sept. 7. The Midshipmen have 11 games listed, including Army on Dec. 12.
Last season, Air Force finished 11-2, which included a loss to Navy and a win over Army. The Falcons beat Washington State in the Cheez-It Bowl as they closed the season with an eight-game winning streak. It was their longest since 1998.
Coach Troy Calhoun returns a strong nucleus that includes inside linebacker Demonte Meeks, along with offensive linemen Parker Ferguson and Nolan Laufenberg. They were all named to the preseason all-Mountain West team.
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