Military Bowl: Air Force vs. Toledo

December 27, 2011
Military Bowl

Who: Air Force vs. Toledo.

Where: RFK Stadium.

When: 4:30 p.m.

TV: ESPN.

Radio: WWXT (92.7 FM), WWXX (94.3 FM), WTEM (980 AM) .

Records: Falcons 7-5; Rockets 8-4.

Unknown quantity: Toledo Coach Matt Campbell has been on the job full-time for just more than two weeks, and the Military Bowl will be his first game calling the shots since Tim Beckman departed for Illinois. Campbell was the offensive coordinator for three years, and this year the Rockets are eighth nationally in scoring offense. Still, the first game for any new coach can be intimidating, and the fact that it’s a bowl game in an unfamiliar environment could make it that much more so.

Air Force home field: RFK Stadium is supposed to be a neutral site, but the Falcons have sold nearly 10,000 tickets to the game, and thousands more have been distributed to military personnel in the Washington area. Air Force should feel right at home on the former home field of the Washington Redskins and a short drive from Annapolis, where the Falcons played at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on Oct. 1 in a 35-34 overtime win against the Midshipmen.

Windy city: With two of the more dynamic offenses in the country, the Military Bowl has the potential to be one of the highest scoring games of the postseason. Windy weather, though, could impact how well at least one offense operates, as the forecast calls for gusts reaching 40 mph. Toledo runs a spread formation and averages 33 pass attempts per game, but running back Adonis Thomas could get more work if conditions make throwing difficult. Air Force, meantime, averages just 15 passes per game.

— Gene Wang

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