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NCAA Bowl Previews 2015/16: Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl

The California Golden Bears and the Air Force Falcons are looking to kick off a day of a great day of Bowl games, in whi



  The California Golden Bears and the Air Force Falcons are looking to kick off a day of a great day of Bowl games, in which some of the country’s biggest stars will shine. The Golden Bears stormed out to a 5-0 record early on and seemed to be on their way to a very, very good season. However, their season promptly fell apart as they lost 5 of their final 7 games, to finish 7-5. The problems for the Golden Bears do not come on offense. They gain the 9th most yards per game (YPG) in the FBS, with 524 and they rank 4th in passing yards per game (PYG) with 368. On the ground they aren’t quite as affective, they rank 88th in rush yards per game (155.7 RYG) but they score 36.5 points per game (PPG), making them the 23rd most prolific offense. Defensively though, they really struggle, they rank 110th in total defense (455 YPG), 95th in passing (251.8 PYG), 103rd in rushing (203.5 RYG) and 88th in scoring (30.3). Jared Goff, should he declare for the draft, is undoubtedly Cal’s top prospect and arguably the top QB prospect in the draft. Though he is helped by Cal’s up-tempo spread system, he has plenty of tools that make him an attractive pro prospect. He has a quick, over-the-top release and he can zip it through windows. Furthermore, he is accurate, particularly on in-cutting routes. He has great footwork and he does a good job with the mental aspects of the game. He can get happy feet, and he is a little slight – bringing up durability questions – but he seemingly has all the tools to be able to develop into a good NFL QB. Along with Goff, Cal has a large group of players looking to impress in their final games; WR Kenny Lawler, RB Daniel Lasco, OG Jordan Rigsbee, SS Stefan McClure, DE Todd Barr, WR Bryce Treggs, CB Darius White, DT Mustafa Jalil, DE Kyle Kragen, WR Stephen Anderson, WR Maurice Harris, LB Jalen Jefferson, WR Darius Powe and WR Trevor Davis. The Falcons were sitting at 3-3 going into week 7 and were looking to turn things around having lost 3 of their last 4. They won 5 of their last 6 to make it to the MWC Championship game but came out of it as 3 point losers to San Diego State. The Falcons are built very similarly to their military counterparts, Navy; they run the ball and play good defense. Overall, offensively they don’t overwhelm, but their ground game is very dangerous. They rank 32nd in total offense (452 YPG) and 123rd in passing (130.6 PYG), but they rank 2nd in rushing (321.8 RYG) and 39th in scoring (33.6 PPG). Defensively, they’re far more balanced, they ran 23rd in total defense (337 YPG), 23rd in passing (190.4 PYG), 43rd in rushing (146.7 RYG) and 40th in scoring (23.2 PPG). Just like the other military academies, Air Force players are obliged to serve for 8 years (5 five of which must be active duty and the remainder can be served as inactive reserve), so none of these players are real prospects for this year’s draft. However, DE Alex Hansen, QB Karson Roberts and RB Jacobi Owens are players to watch. If you want to watch this game, or any of the other Bowl games, the complete Bowl schedule can be found here, where you’ll be able to see how and when you can watch every game.  

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Remy Cabache

Lifetime sports fan. I have written with RealSport since the NFL section started and I have also written for my own blog, EbonyBird.com and I have had several articles published in local newspapers covering my local (American) football team.

NCAA Bowl Previews 2015/16: Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl

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