The University of Akron football team will face their most significant game in coach Terry Bowden’s short tenure Tuesday when they play the Bowling Green Falcons Tuesday night at InfoCision Stadium.
The Zips (4-4, 2-2) can still control their destiny in the Mid-American Conference’s East Division with a win over Bowling Green (5-3, 3-1). A win ties them for the division lead, giving them the inside track to eventually play for the conference championship in Detroit.
But UA will have to fix one problem that has plagued the team in their past two games – turnovers.
“What we talked to our players about is eliminating the turnovers,” Bowden said. “I don't think the effort changed. I don't think their attitude changed. The turnovers changed.”To read more or comment...
Funeral services have been set for former University of Akron director of basketball operations Dan Peters, 60, who died from pancreatic cancer Monday.
Mr. Peters, a graduate of Canton Central Catholic High School and Kent State, also coached at Ohio State, Youngstown State, Walsh University and the University of Cincinnati.
Calling hours are 4-8 p.m. Friday at Paquelet Funeral Home, 1100 Wales Road NE, Massillon, 44646. A funeral mass will be held at Queen of Heaven Catholic Church, 1800 Steese Road, Uniontown, 44685, on Saturday at 10:30 a.m.
Messages may be sent to the family at www.paquelet.com.
From a Mid-American Conference news release:
CLEVELAND– With a strong commitment to sportsmanship, integrity and a student-first student-athlete experience, the Mid-American Conference (MAC) Council of Presidents affirms its commitment to the collegiate experience. The MAC will support the redefinition of an athletics grant-in-aid to include cost of attendance if autonomous legislation is enacted during the annual NCAA Convention in January, 2015.
The presidents of the MAC are committed to remaining a strong, vibrant and values-oriented NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision Conference, focused on the overall campus life experience of the individual student-athletes which includes academic success and graduation, social growth and teams competing at the highest competitive levels.
“The MAC is dedicated to supporting our student-athletes in the classroom, the community and on the playing field with the ultimate goal of graduating and having a great collegiate experience,” said MAC Commissioner Jon Steinbrecher.To read more or comment...
Akron Zips coach Terry Bowden often says that after a loss it’s how you respond that determines at team’s future. That is never more true than this weekend for the Zips (4-3, 2-1) as they take on the Ball State Cardinals (2-5, 1-2) in Muncie, Ind. After missing a chance to vanquish some demons and take a leading position in the MAC East Division, UA instead allowed the Bobcats into the conversation after losing to them 23-20. Now there will be three teams – add Bowling Green to the mix – scrapping for the crown. That situation makes every game important. UA needs to build momentum because their next challenge will come against the Falcons. Here are five keys to beating the Cardinals.
Ignore Ball State’s record: The Cardinals own a 2-5 record and that should be ignored. This is where the cliché “they’re better than their record indicates” comes in. The Cardinals have been in every game they’ve played and have lost by an average margin of seven points in five games. Two of the games they lost came by just four points each. It’s a team that misses its former quarterback Keith Wenning, but they’re also coming off a win giving them some momentum.
Establish the running game: Bowden said he felt more comfortable passing the ball last week against Ohio after the team lost a key cog and the offensive line and shuffled it to compensate. Jawon Chisholm and Conor Hundley combined for 13 carries. I’m no football coach, but I contend that was a mistake with a freshman quarterback in Tommy Woodson getting his first start. Ball State gives up 197 yards rushing per game. Do the math. It makes sense to try to establish the run no matter who is in at quarterback. Kyle Pohl, who started every games until suffering a head injury, was back at practice this week and Bowden will keep Ball coach Pete Lembo guessing. Call me crazy, but I think a healthy, clear-headed Pohl helps.
That defense must get to Ball quarterback Jack Milas: Milas produced a breakout game against their win against Central Michigan last week, but the fact is he is a freshman. If they can get some clean hits on him, he will be rattled. Throwing a few exotic blitzes his way from the secondary couldn’t hurt either. It won’t be easy, the Ball State offensive line has only given up 10 sacks on the season. Every little bit is going to help because the Cards average more than 25 points per game and have scored more than 30 in each of their past two outings.To read more or comment...
After a few weeks off, we return to getting a look at the Akron Zips’ opponent. This week Ben Breiner of the Star Press in Muncie, Ind. provides insight into what UA can expect against the Ball State Cardinals.
How difficult has it been to replace Keith Wenning?
To this point, all sorts of difficult. He was the guy who really ran the offensive show, made things go through the air. That in turn helped the ground game go, and Ball State has been a team that under Pete Lembo has led with his offense. For the first five games, the aerial attack showed little spark. So in short, he's been missed.
Has losing him been the difference in losing those close games?To read more or comment...