Why You Should Watch: It's pretty simple really. While man is yet to perfect, or even invent time travel, the Independence Bowl will provide you a glimpse of what football in the past looked like. The thing that intrigues me the most about this game is that both teams run the triple option offense. Generally the only chance college football fans get to see such a matchup is in the Army-Navy game, but this one has better athletes.
Keys to Victory for Air Force: The key for Air Force is pretty simple, actually: do what it does best. Run the ball, run the ball, and then run the ball some more. You would think that a Georgia Tech defense that has spent all season practicing against an offense that runs the option would be better against the run, but the truth is that Tech's front seven just isn't very good at stopping the run.
Which the Falcons will have to exploit.
Quarterback Tim Jefferson is pretty inconsistent throwing the ball, and Georgia Tech's defensive strength is its secondary. So if Air Force chooses to throw too often in this game, it will be playing its biggest weakness on offense in Tech's greatest strength on defense. Which doesn't make sense, and will not lead to a victory.
If Asher Clark isn't the player of the game for Air Force, then the Falcons lost.
Keys to Victory for Georgia Tech: The biggest key for Georgia Tech in this game could be the health of quarterback Josh Nesbitt. Nesbitt suffered a broken forearm on November 4th against Virginia Tech and hasn't played since. Tevin Washington has been serviceable filling in for Nesbitt since then, but he's not as good when it comes to decisions and timing in the triple option offense.
The good news for Georgia Tech is that Air Force will be a little thin up front on defense in this game as Zach Payne and Bradley Connor will both miss the game thanks to knee injuries. This means that Georgia Tech will have to try and wear down a defense that has already shown against Navy this season that it can stop an option attack.
The Independence Bowl is like: a time machine. As I said before, we don't often get the chance to see two option teams face off in college football these days, so we should take advantage when we can. This may be the only chance you have in your lifetime to actually travel back to a simpler time, and if you miss out you'll regret it. In fact, your only chance will be that hopefully some day when we have perfected time travel, a friend will go back in time to present day and tell you to watch it.