The Zips of the University of Akron seem to fear no competitor. That may be why the school’s Athletic Director schedules games against big time college football teams as well as the squads that represent small schools and programs.
As such, the Zips often “bite off more than they can chew.” The team’s fans probably like the fact that this squad sometimes “toils in the big time” even if it loses games against upper level s teams. They hope, as do the players, that Akron University may, from time to time, engineer a great upset.
It hasn’t happened lately, but that certainly doesn’t mean that it can’t happen. It can and it probably will, sooner or later.
Meanwhile, the Zips play the teams on their schedule. Last year, in 2014, fourth year Head Coach Terry Bowden led his squad to a pedestrian Won-Loss record of just 5-7. This squad is a member of the Mid-American Conference (MAC) and in games against conference foes the Zips could produce only three wins against five losses.
The team’s record meant that it was ineligible for a bowl game invitation. So the Head Coach and his players got an unwanted early vacation from college football.
Hopes were high for the 2015 Season. It got under way on September 5th when the Zips traveled to Oklahoma to compete against the 9th ranked Sooners. The home team prevailed by a score of 41-3. Akron University lost its home opener the following week on September 12th when the Pittsburgh Panthers came to town and won by a final score of 24-7.
The Zips got a break yesterday, September 19th when they hosted a team they could beat. Savannah State University provided the opposition in a contest won by the home team Zips by a score of 52-9.
The team has several more home games it needs to play this year. The first of them will take place on October 3rd against Ohio University. The Zips will then host Central Michigan University on October 31st, the University of Buffalo on November 21st and Kent State University on November 27th.
The remaining road games feature contests against Louisiana-Lafayette University on September 26th, Eastern Michigan University on October 10th, the University of Bowling Green on October 17th, the University of Massachusetts on November 7th and Miami of Ohio on November 24th.
It is, by every measure, a tough, but fair schedule in which the Zips will find that they are competitive and able to win, if they play well. That is really all that any football team can expect.
If the University of Akron does perform well on the gridiron this season, it may be reasonable to conclude that this team has “turned the corner” and that better days lie ahead.
Courtesy of the University of Akron