CSU vs. Air Force: What each team stands to gain (and lose)

Nov 30, 2013; Fort Collins, CO, USA; Colorado State Rams defensive lineman Calvin Tonga (97) tackles Air Force Falcons wide receiver Jalen Robinette (9) in the fourth quarter at Hughes Stadium. The Rams defeated the Falcons 58-13. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

The Colorado State Rams are the Air Force Falcons of one week ago.

Having dropped two consecutive games to quality opponents, the Falcons rebounded with a convincing win over Wyoming last Saturday.

Fast forward one week, and the Rams are in a similar setting. Two-straight losses to a pair of perennial contenders in the Mountain West (Utah State and Boise State) have the Rams reeling heading into a sold-out homecoming game against the Falcons in Fort Collins.

Questions abound. If CSU replicates the Air Force-rebound and claims the Ram-Falcon Trophy, how does their season change? And, should the Falcons play the homecoming spoiler, what are their bowl prospects?