Air Force and Louisville will face each other in the First Responder Bowl in Dallas in what should be a very interesting matchup between ACC and Mountain West foes at Gerald J. Ford Stadium in Dallas, TX, on December 28, 2021.
- Air Force Falcons and Louisville Cardinals
- NCAA Football – 2021 SERVPRO First Responder Bowl
- Date – 28/12/2021
- Starting time – 3:15 PM ET
- Venue: Gerald J. Ford Stadium, Dallas, TX
Air Force Falcons Stats & Form
The Air Force Falcons are having a decent season ranked first in MW – Mountain with a 9-3 record.
They have won three straight games including a 48-14 over UNLV to close out the regular season. They beat Navy but lost to Army this year, which earned them a share of the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy. It is the first time since 1993 that the three service academies have tied for the prestigious award.
Brad Roberts rushed for two touchdowns, Emmanuel Michel ran for 123 yards and a score as Air Force rolled up 511 yards on the ground to defeat UNLV in a season-ender.
Michel carried 12 times and scored from the 2-yard line in the third quarter as 14 players ran the ball for the Falcons. Air Force attempted no passes but had 69 running plays and more than a 20-minute advantage in time of possession.
Air Force leads the nation in rushing at 342 yards per game.
Air Force Falcons News
QB Haaziq Daniels, TE Kyle Patterson, WR Dane Kinamon and DeAndre Hughes and Micah Davis are all questionable for the game against the Cardinals.
Louisville Cardinals Stats & Form
The Louisville Cardinals finished the regular season with a 6-6 record.
They are coming off a disappointing 52-21 loss to rival Kentucky in their regular-season finale, which came after two dominant wins over Syracuse and Duke.
Malik Cunningham rushed for 2-yard TD to tie the game at 7-apiece. He completed 12 of 20 passes for 145 yards before being taken to the dressing room with 10 minutes left. Evan Conley came in and threw an 8-yard TD pass and Maurice Burkley rushed for a 7-yard TD with eight seconds left for the Cardinals.
The Cardinals are 74th in the nation in rush defense after giving up 156.67 yards per game during their 12 regular season games and are 94th in yards per attempt at 4.52.
Louisville Cardinals News
DB Major Burns, DT Joseph Evans, G Chasen Hines, OL Anthony Bradford, DE Ali Gaye, CB Eli Ricks and WR Kayshon Boutte are all out for Louisville.
Air Force Falcons vs Louisville Cardinals Head-to-Head Stats
This will be the first ever match between the Air Force Falcons and the Louisville Cardinals.
Air Force Falcons vs Louisville Cardinals Betting Odds
The odds are as close as they can be with the Louisville Cardinals being a slight favorite with -123 in their favor while the Air Force Falcons are at -112.
The total point margin is set at 54.5 with -119 to go over and -104 for under.
This will be the first-ever meeting between the schools. Under head coach Troy Calhoun, the Falcons have won their last two bowl appearances. Louisville won the 2019 Music City Bowl in its only prior bowl appearance under head coach Scott Satterfield. The Cardinals will try to avoid a second straight losing season.
Both teams are used to playing close games this season, so expect this one to be no different. Air Force has scored more than 120 points in their last three games and this one will be no different. Louisville will not find a way to hold back and the Falcons will win this one, covering the spread in a game that will go over 55 points margin.