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Air Force-Michigan Capsule

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ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 01: Denard Robinson #16 of the University of Michigan drops back kto pass during the game against the University of Alabama at Cowboys Stadium on September 1, 2012 in Arlington, Texas. Alabama defeated Michigan 41-14. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

ARLINGTON, TX – SEPTEMBER 01: Denard Robinson #16 of the University of Michigan drops back kto pass during the game against the University of Alabama at Cowboys Stadium on September 1, 2012 in Arlington, Texas. Alabama defeated Michigan 41-14. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

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Air Force (1-0) at No. 19 Michigan (0-1), 3:30 p.m. (ABC/ESPN2)

Line: Michigan by 21½.

Series Record: Michigan leads 1-0.

WHAT’S AT STAKE

The Wolverines will get a chance to show they still belong in the rankings after getting beat by Alabama 41-14 last week at Cowboys Stadium. The Falcons have a shot at snapping a 19-game losing streak against teams ranked in the AP poll.

KEY MATCHUP

Michigan’s front seven against Air Force’s option offense. After the Wolverines were pounded by the Crimson Tide’s straightforward approach on the ground, they will have to adjust to a lot of deception on the ground with what coach Troy Calhoun calls a tailback, zone-running scheme.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Air Force: RB Cody Getz, one of 13 first-time starters, made the most of his best opportunity to carry the ball in four years by running for 218 yards and three touchdowns on 17 carries in last week’s 49-21 win over Idaho State.

Michigan: RB Fitzgerald Toussaint, the team’s top tailback has been cleared to play by coach Brady Hoke, who suspended him for the opener after he pleaded guilty to drunken driving. He is expected to start.

FACTS & FIGURES

Michigan beat Air Force 24-7 in 1964 at home in their only previous meeting. … Air Force hasn’t defeated a team in AP poll since beating No. 23 Cal 23-21 nearly a decade ago on the road and its last win over a Big Ten team was in 2003 against Northwestern. … The Wolverines will unretire No. 47 by a player to be announced Saturday, putting Bennie Oosterbaan’s jersey back in circulation with a Michigan Football Legend patch. … Michigan has the longest active streak of avoiding a shutout — scoring in 338 straight games since being blanked at Iowa in 1984 — and Air Force’s 234-game scoring run ranks fourth. The Wolverines’ scoring streak trails only the NCAA record of 361 that was set by BYU from 1975-2003 and snapped by Utah. … The Falcons have played in a program-record five straight bowl games.

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