Michigan and Air Force play in the Wolverines’ final nonconference game of the regular season on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017, at noon ET. Find all the information about the game time, the television schedule and how to watch online for the Michigan-Air Force game is below.
The Wolverines (2-0) moved up to No. 7 in both the Associated Press and Amway Coaches polls after the win against Cincinnati. Air Force is 1-0. It had a bye last week after beating VMI 62-0 in its season opener. This is the third meeting between the two schools, with Michigan winning both previous games. They last met in 2012, when Michigan pulled out a 31-25 victory at Michigan Stadium.
Michigan-Air Force game time, details
Time: Noon ET
Date: Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017
Location: Ann Arbor, Mich.
Weather: Mostly sunny, high 81 degrees, 10 percent chance of rain.
The line: Michigan -23.5
What TV channel is showing Michigan-Air Force?
The Michigan-Air Force game will be televised on BTN.
How can I watch Michigan-Air Force online?
The Michigan-Air Force game can be watched online at BTN2Go.
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Michigan-Air Force preview
Michigan defensive coordinator Don Brown has been talking about preparing for Air Force and its flex-bone offense since before spring practices began. His wait is over as the Wolverines take on the Falcons for the first time since 2012 when they needed Denard Robinson’s 426 yards of total offense and 4 touchdowns (two by air, two by ground) and a late defensive stop to pull out a 31-25 victory.
The Wolverines have been led by their defense in victories against Florida (33-17) and Cincinnati (36-14). The defense has outscored the Florida and Cincinnati offenses 21-17 and its three touchdowns are the most in the nation. The starting defensive line of ends Chase Winovich and Rashan Gary, and tackles Mo Hurst and Bryan Mone are controlling the line of scrimmage, freeing the linebackers and secondary to flow aggressively to the ball and make tackles. The Wolverines have 18 tackles for loss, including 10 sacks.
Air Force’s forte is running the ball out of the option look, but the Falcons are also capable of throwing the ball efficiently. Brown has talked about his players needing to be disciplined in their assignments more so than normal because of the misdirection and various looks Air Force will show on offense. Junior quarterback Arion Worthman is 6-0 as a starter. He had 33 yards and 1 touchdown rushing and 172 yards and 2 touchdown passes against VMI. Air Force’s top running back is senior Tim McVey, who rushed for 98 yards and 1 touchdown in the opener. McVey also caught 3 passes for 77 yards.
UM used a lot of two-tight end alignments last week against Cincinnati as the Wolverines sought to take advantage of greater size vs. UC’s linebackers and safeties. There will be a similar size advantage for the Wolverines against Air Force, so don’t be shocked to see more double-tight end schemes and a lot of running backs Ty Isaac, Chris Evans and Karan Higdon. Isaac has had back-to-back 100-yard games to start the season but any of the three players are capable of having big games.
Quarterback Wilton Speight is still working on his accuracy. He has missed several throws high in the first two games. Speight has done a good job of shaking off bad plays, moving on to the next play and coming up with timely completions when he’s needed, but he’s still working on being more consistent with his footwork. That’ll be something to watch. Wide receiver Grant Perry leads the Wolverines with 8 catches for 112 yards and 1 touchdown this season.