Air Force has won one conference game over the past two seasons, with rival coaches expecting the Falcons to finish last in the Mountain West once again.
You'd think there would be nowhere to go for them but, well, up.
But after a rash of injuries hurt their chances last season, it's been more of the same this offseason.
The big loss was Sammy Schafer still recovering from a concussion, and the latest to go down -- according to the Colorado Springs Gazette -- is forward Zach Bohannon, who will miss six to eight weeks with a torn meniscus.
Bohannon goes on a lengthy injury list for Air Force, which already lost forwards Sammy Schafer (post-concussion symptoms) and freshman Ethan Michael (knee) for the season. Bohannon shouldn’t miss any games, but could miss some practice time leading up to the season.
The 6-7 Bohannon should play a lot in a thin frontcourt this season.
With Air Force unable to replenish its roster with transfers like other Mountain West programs can, it's not going to be easy for coach Jeff Reynolds to avoid depth issues continuing to be a problem.
The way things have gone for the program, it's looking like getting back into the upper half of the conference -- even with the departures of BYU and Utah -- will take some time.