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** 2018 Opponent Previews: Akron (Game 1) **

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SBNation: Terry Bowden’s done a great job at Akron, but 2018’s probably a reset year

 

The Zips ranked 112th in S&P+ last season, three spots worse than in 2016, when they went just 5-7. The defense improved just in time for the offense to regress by an equal amount. As is seemingly the case every year, Bowden struggled to keep the same QB on the field — three threw at least 26 passes, and none played more than 10 games — and a couple of key absences on defense made things more volatile than planned.
 

2017 record and S&P+ ranking: 7-7 (112th)

Projected 2018 record and S&P+ ranking: 4-8 (119thth)

Five key points:

1. Akron rode turnovers luck and a series of close wins to a stunning MAC East title in 2017.
2. Luck tends to regress to the mean.
3. Bowden might have found his QB of the future in Kato Nelson, but the skill corps undergoes an almost complete reset. That tends to lead to regression, and Akron’s offense was already pretty ... regressed.
4. Longtime defensive coordinator Chuck Amato retired, though he leaves his successor with a deep, exciting back seven.
5. This is probably a reset year for Akron, but the Zips have enough underclassman talent to put together a pretty exciting campaign in 2019.

https://www.sbnation.com/college-football/2018/3/14/17104174/akron-football-2018-preview-schedule-roster

 

 

 

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CollegeFootballNews: Somehow, It Gets The Job Done

How the heck did that actually happen? Akron was awful.

The coverage teams were miserable. The offense was the second-worst in the MAC and 121st in college football. The defense finished 103rd in the country and was also the second-worst in the conference. The team struggled to score, had the MAC’s worst running game, was the worst in the sport in first downs allowed, couldn’t throw the ball, couldn’t convert in the red zone, couldn’t rush the passer and couldn’t protect the passer.

 

But it won the MAC East and played for the conference title.

https://collegefootballnews.com/2018/05/akron-zips-college-football-lpreview-2018

– What You Need To Know: Offense | Defense
– Top Players, Key Game, Fun Stats
– What Will Happen & Win Total Prediction

 

 

More to come...

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Akron will be looking to avenge their lost and even the series at 1-1. The previous match up? The 1997 season opener in Lincoln. Frost and London had good showings.

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7 minutes ago, Redux said:

Whose betting the house on Akron?

 

Is Terry Bowden still the coach?

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23 minutes ago, GSG said:

 

Is Terry Bowden still the coach?

 

Does Lou Holtz wipe back to front?

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1 minute ago, Redux said:

 

Does Lou Holtz wipe back to front?

 

No. Someone does it for him.

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1 minute ago, Saunders said:

Line 2 of the preview brah.

 

:D

 

:lol: I know. I was being facetious. This is Terry's longest coaching gig!

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11 minutes ago, GSG said:

 

:lol: I know. I was being facetious. This is Terry's longest coaching gig!

I just hope he keeps the boy band hair until he comes to Lincoln.

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4 minutes ago, Head Coach Scott Frost said:

What's an Akron Zip? They should just change their mascot to LeBron James. 

 

A zip (or zipper) is a rubber shoe.

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6 hours ago, Gage County said:

Akron will be looking to avenge their lost and even the series at 1-1. The previous match up? The 1997 season opener in Lincoln. Frost and London had good showings.

4 hours ago, teachercd said:

I think I was at that game.  

 

First game I was able to attend at Memorial Stadium. :D It was also the game where Der Viener Schlinger was officially named, IIRC.

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4 hours ago, Sea of Red said:

 

That last tweet is fairly depressing.

 

Even more depressing that Purdue was favored last year.

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There hasn’t been much talk about our upcoming opponent.

I’ve always liked Coach Terry Bowden, has some early success at Auburn, enjoyed his commentary on ABC, and interesting how he landed at North Alabama and now Akron. 

 

Not sure what their style of football is and they seem to be a mid level  MAC team who will probably struggle at Nebraska.  

So there’s my contribution to the conversation ..  

 

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12 hours ago, Mavric said:

 

 

That would have been kinda cool to have Bobby there, but I get it.

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Akron was terrible last year. 7-7 but -1.1 ypp and a pythagorean win expectation of 5-9. 3 of 7 wins were by a FG or less.

That's a lot of red flags. They liked to run a bit more than pass, except they were terrible at that, too. 3.2 ypc but only 3 games above 4 ypc and 7 games below 3 ypc.

 

It is one of those games where if our defense doesn't look good it's cause for concern but if our defense does look good it may mean nothing. Akron is just that bad on offense. Instead of production, focus on the things Chinander preaches. If there's a lot of energy and gang tackling, it's a good sign.

 

Offensively, I expect big things. We have a massive talent advantage. Akron surrendered 6 ypc or more 6 times and allowed 64% passing or more 7 times. It should be nothing short of a coming out party for Martinez. Who emerges out of the running backs should be interesting as everyone should be popping big runs.

 

Akron lost a lot on offense and is, in general, expected to be even worse this year. Ideal starting opponent of a new era.

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11 minutes ago, GSG said:

There's an entire thread talking about Akron:

 

 

 

And there are more threads about QBs than the number of QBs. Even the players yesterday were getting tired of just talking about QBs. 

 

The OP just wants to talk about something else, and I can't find fault in that.

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Just now, brophog said:

 

The OP just wants to talk about something else, and I can't find fault in that.

 

Doesn't mean it needs it's own thread, but whatever.

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4 minutes ago, GSG said:

 

Doesn't mean it needs it's own thread, but whatever.

 

Should be a criminal offense to start an Akron thread during Akron week.

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1 minute ago, brophog said:

 

Should be a criminal offense to start an Akron thread during Akron week.

 

Especially when we already had one started

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3 minutes ago, brophog said:

 

Should be a criminal offense to start an Akron thread during Akron week.

 

When one has already been started? Sure. 

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Just perusing one of their boards:

 

They seem a little excited that we're starting Martinez since he hasn't played since his Jr year of HS.

 

They're confident in their defense since they return some key guys.

 

There is a Iowa State/Akron fan on there trying to talk s#!t about Nebraska :lol: 

 

 

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9 minutes ago, GSG said:

 

Especially when we already had one started

 

I hear ya. We've never been so crazy as to have two threads on the same topic going at once. It would be chaos.

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Quote from the Zips board:

 

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For those who appreciate irony, I think a contributing factor to Martinez selection was the coaches fear that he would transfer if not selected as the starter.

 

So he obviously knows more than anyone here ;)

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6 minutes ago, GSG said:

Quote from the Zips board:

 

 

So he obviously knows more than anyone here ;)

 

Yeah, that thought crossed my mind, but I don't believe it to be true. I would say, if he were to not win the starting job in 2019, he would've considered transferring.

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1 minute ago, BigRedBuster said:

 

 

Same game:

 

One of my favorite fullback runs of all-time:

 

 

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1 hour ago, GSG said:

There's an entire thread talking about Akron:

 

 

Oh.   Right. The conversation about Akron game week started on March 1.  I guess I’m late for the party. I’m going to head over to the basketball forum to start a discussion on the 2019 big 10 basketball tournament.

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1 hour ago, GSG said:

That would have been kinda cool to have Bobby there, but I get it.

 

Yeah, it would have been interesting to have Bowden watching from Osborne's skybox.

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1 hour ago, brophog said:

Should be a criminal offense to start an Akron thread during Akron week.

 

1 hour ago, GSG said:

Especially when we already had one started

 

The threads have been merged.

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7 minutes ago, Enhance said:

 

 

The threads have been merged.

 

And the 14 simultaneous QB threads? People might not realize there is an actual game this week.

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8 minutes ago, brophog said:

And the 14 simultaneous QB threads? People might not realize there is an actual game this week.

Hyperbole and sarcasm are unnecessary. There are approximately four QB-related threads on the main page and each of them are relatively different enough to stay as individual threads. If you disagree, you may issue a Report and we'll review. We try to make concerted efforts to combine similar threads but we're not omnipotent.

 

Otherwise, please stay on topic.

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