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Air Force will face Louisville in First Responder Bowl

The Falcons will appear in their 11th bowl game under coach Troy Calhoun on December 28, 2021.

NCAA Football: UNLV at Air Force Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Conference championship weekend has come and gone, and now Air Force has its bowl game opponent.

The Louisville Cardinals.

Air Force and Louisville will square off in the Servpro First Responder Bowl at 3:15 p.m. EST in Dallas, Texas on Dec. 28.

It will be the first ever meeting between the two teams in football.

A 10-win season hangs in the balance for the Falcons, and a victory in the bowl would give Air Force its third 10-win campaign under Troy Calhoun. But the Cardinals aren’t pushovers. Under Scott Satterfield, Louisville has battled to a decent 6-6 record in the ACC, where they’ve had little trouble putting up points in their wins.

The Cardinals put up 42 points on UCF, 33 and 34 in losses to Wake Forest and Virginia, respectively, and a whopping 62 points on the Duke Blue Devils. They’ve also been blown out by SEC opponents in Ole Miss and Kentucky.

This is the 11th Air Force bowl game under coach Troy Calhoun, and the Falcons have won the last two appearances, including a Cheez-It Bowl victory over Washington State in 2019. The Falcons have also had six nine-win seasons under Calhoun. In all, the Falcons are 5-5 with Calhoun as head coach.

For Louisville, it’s the second bowl appearance for a Satterfield-coached Cardinals side. In 2019, they topped Mississippi State in the Music City Bowl.

The First Responder Bowl has been around since 2010, but has gone by different names in the past decade. It was the Ticket City Bowl from 2010 to 2011, the the Heart of Dallas Bowl from 2012 to 2017. The game has always been played in Dallas.

Air Force has never played in the game, but Army appeared there in 2016, beating nearby North Texas 38-31.


Stay tuned for an in-depth preview closer to kickoff, and don’t forget to root for Navy over Army next weekend... Let chaos reign.