I was starting to research Gardner-Webb, and I stopped. What's it matter?
Without attempting to be pompous, this game will be decided by how Akron plays. And really, it would take a series of turnovers, defensive vomits and coaching errors for this outcome to be close.
So let's focus on what matters -- what we need to see tomorrow at noon:
1) Chill out, Pat. Patrick Nicely must stay in the pocket and keep his poise. That Charlie Frye habit of squirming out of the pocket is going to get him killed, and, unlike Frye, it's not playing to Nicely's strengths.
2) A secondary concern. Let's get the safeties contributing more. It's a weakness on the team. If the current guys can't produce versus Gardner-Webb, put in freshmen. No sense in sticking with guys who should be producing more at this point in their careers.
3) Will they show up? Maybe, just maybe, the athletic department was saving its hardest sales for the non-Syracuse home games. Either way, Akron has to break 15,000 in attendance every game where the weather is halfway decent. You're looking at 70 and cloudy tomorrow. Come November...
p.s. If you want to make money, find a place to bet legally and put money on Akron, favored only by 12.5.