Do we really know how good the Zips are this year? After two regular-season games, we’re still waiting to gauge Akron’s talent level.
In the opener against Penn State, Akron was overmatched. However, in the InfoCision home opener, the Zips pounded FCS Morgan State.
Going in to this weekend’s game against Indiana, Akron is five-point favorites. A weekend of firsts. Not only are the Zips hosting a Big Ten (11) team, they are also favorites against their midwestern big brother.
From all indications, Indiana is not very good and has been described as a mid-level MAC team. Lets hope that is an accurate description.
Has anyone heard how attendance is shaping up for Indiana? One would think interest would be high, with the new stadium.
A win this weekend, against a Big Ten-team will be key in keeping momentum generated by the stadium alive. Because the long-term factor on generating fan interested will be the Zips’ performance on the field, rather than the field itself. Sorry Summa.
Looking ahead, the schedule looks tough. Next week, Akron travels to Mt. Pleasant to take on the class of the conference, Central Michigan. After a homecoming game against Ohio, the Zips are on the road for three games; Buffalo, defending MAC champions, Syracuse, which is looking for payback after last year’s embarrasment, then, Northern Illinois. It would be nice to take away at least two victories in that three-game road swing.
The Zips will then come home to Kent State on November 7 and Temple on November 13.