On Thursday, December 22, 2022 at 7:30 PM EST, the Air Force Falcons will face the Baylor Bears from Amon G. Carter Stadium in Fort Worth, TX. The game will air exclusively on ESPN, which you can stream with a Live TV Streaming Service.
Air Force Falcons vs. Baylor Bears
The Air Force vs. Baylor game will be streamed on ESPN, which is available with a subscription to Sling TV. You can also stream ESPN on DIRECTV STREAM, fuboTV, Hulu Live TV, and YouTube TV.
This will be the first meeting between the two schools since 1977. The Falcons, running an option-oriented offense, are making their sixth appearance in the Armed Forces Bowl and are on a four-game winning streak. Air Force leads the nation in rushing yards per game with 330.9, while Baylor allows 138.
Richard Reese, a freshman running back for Baylor, set a freshman record with 962 yards rushing and 14 touchdowns. The game will be played at TCU Stadium in Fort Worth, Texas, with temperatures hovering around the teens and a wind chill of below zero.
Although the game is on ESPN, it is not simulcast on ESPN+ as they do not air College Football games which are ESPN exclusive broadcasts.
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Baylor vs. Air Force Game Preview: Baylor will take on Air Force in the frigid Armed Forces Bowl
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Dave Aranda will call the defensive plays in the frigid Armed Forces Bowl against option-oriented Air Force for the first time since the Baylor coach led the defense for LSU’s national championship team three years ago.
Stepping into his office now is like stepping back in time.
“It’s been a while,” Aranda said. ‘Now go to my office, my desk, I have passes and drawings everywhere. I remember those days. It used to be a tidy desk. It’s not like that anymore.”
Aranda fired defensive coordinator Ron Roberts at the end of a 6-6 regular season that followed a run-up to the 2021 Big 12 championship and Sugar Bowl victory over Mississippi. Roberts joined the staff of new Auburn coach Hugh Freeze as defensive coordinator.
Special teams coordinator and safety coach Ronnie Wheat were also let go after the Bears finished in the middle of the pack in the Big 12 in defensive efficiency.
“I think what we’re trying to do here is probably different than most, and I think it’s just really important that everything is together in terms of how we treat people and what we’re doing and everything and the fit,” Aranda said . “I think we will have a good match in the future.”
The forecast calls for temperatures in the sub-zero wind chill at the home of TCU, Baylor’s Big 12 rival, in the teens.
The Falcons (9-3) make their sixth appearance in the Armed Forces Bowl, more than any other team. Baylor’s pedigree is probably the strongest of all their opponents. It is the first meeting between the schools since 1977.
“I think it’s amazing when you look at their program and what they’ve been doing here for the last 12 years,” Air Force coach Troy Calhoun said. “So for us to face someone like this in one game, our guys realize we’re really lucky to be in this situation.”
The Falcons have the vaunted three-option offense and running back Brad Roberts, who has a school-record 1,612 yards rushing (134.3 per game).
Air Force leads the country with 330.9 yards rushing per game, while Baylor allows 138. The Bears allowed three 100-yard rushers in their past four games, then only before that.
“I think when you’re up against an options team there’s not a lot of grey. It’s black and white,’ Aranda said. “It’s a math game. It’s 11-to-11, but we need to make sure we have the bounce numbers and the right leverage.”
RUN, RUN REESE
Running back, Richard Reese set a Baylor freshman record with 962 yards rushing to go with 14 touchdowns. He has three 100-yard games, but only 171 yards combined in the past four games.
With warnings of dangerous wind chill and temperatures well below freezing, officials canceled pregame activities, including a giant American flag presented during the national anthem, which has become a staple of the Armed Forces Bowl.
SOMETHING MUST GIVE
The Baylor defense averaged about 27 1/2 minutes per game during the regular season. Air Force has the best ball control offense in the country at over 36 minutes per game.
ON A ROLL
Air Force has a four-game winning streak and a shot at its fifth 10-win season since 2014. The Falcons went 15 years without one before that.
ONE LESS WORRY
The interior of Baylor’s defensive line has Calhoun’s attention, but All-Big 12 selection Siaki Ika pulled out of the game. Presumably, the 6-foot-4, 358-pound nose tackle, an LSU transfer, will focus on preparing for the NFL draft.
THIS LOOKS FAMILY
While Baylor makes the short trip from its Waco campus, about 100 miles south of Fort Worth, to play at a well-known stadium, Air Force has been a regular in the Dallas area lately.
The Falcons defeated Louisville 31-28 in the First Responder Bowl at SMU in Dallas last December, then defeated Army 13-7 in a neutral-site game last month at the home of MLB’s Texas Rangers.