Most players see brown and white when their teams face off against Wyoming. Air Force slotback Chad Hall expects to see painful red in the 46th meeting between the two schools on Saturday.
"Wyoming is an extremely physical (team)," said Hall. "We expect a physical game."
Air Force defensive end Ben Garland said the Cowboys are big and play tough. "That's what this game will come down to, real tough physical play," he said.
A lot will be on the line when Air Force (5-2, 4-1 Mountain West) hosts Wyoming (4-2, 1-1) Saturday at noon.
Both teams remain in striking distance of unbeaten front runner BYU. And both teams have enjoyed some success of late.
Air Force has won two straight while the Cowboys have won two of their last three.
"These are two pretty good teams when hitting on all cylinders," Wyoming coach Joe Glenn said. "Both of us play with chips on our shoulder."
There are other similarities. Both coaches are convinced their teams need to be able to run the ball to be successful.
"You have to be able to run the ball against them and yet somehow play action passes have to come to the forefront," said Air Force coach Troy Calhoun. "That is your chance to hit some big plays."
The Falcons had little trouble running the ball last week, amassing 409 yards against Colorado State. Hall contributed 265 running yards alone, the third-highest in the nation this season.
Wyoming has its success to build on. When their running back tandem of Devin Moore and Wynel Seldon do well, the Cowboys win. When Moore and Seldon are held back, the team is 0-2.
"You just have to be able to run the ball when your play Air Force," Glenn said. "Our games with them turn into field-position football, and it helps to have a good running game."
Moore has rushed for 600 yards overall but has only 57 yards total in Wyoming's losses to Boise State and New Mexico. Seldon has run for 378 yards this season but only 27 yards total in the two losses.
Air Force's defense has been vulnerable to the run. The Falcons surrendered 159 rushing yards to BYU, 302 to Navy, 184 to UNLV and 224 to Colorado State.
"There are parts of the game we have to play better," Calhoun said. "That's a no-brainer."
Asked if the Falcons are improving on both sides of the ball, Calhoun replied, "I think so."
"But we aren't even close to where we need to be," he said.
Air Force leads the season series 22-20-3. The series is tied at 4-4 since the two teams joined the Mountain West in 1999.