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Akron vs. Indiana preview

By mrasor Published: September 17, 2009

After doing some snooping, I found out that ticket sales are lagging behind for this week's football game, when compared to the grand opening of InfoCision Stadium.
That should be no surprise. I think you'll see a big walk-up crowd, though. The home opener, by contrast, is a game that people believed would be a sell out, and it was to be such a special experience that nobody wanted to risk missing.
I'm confident it will be another great atmosphere at InfoCision Stadium, especially with the fans that the Hoosiers are sure to bring.
Behind an experienced offensive line, running back Demetrius McCray has picked up nicely as Indiana's starting running back. He ran for 134 yards against Western Michigan. McCray is no Evan Royster, but he is playing like a solid Big Ten back. The difference from the Big Ten style is that Indiana likes to run McCray off tackle, rather than the "three yards and a cloud of dust" strategy.
Two sophomore receivers have emerged as targets for new quarterback Ben Chappell, whose problem has been drives stalling in the redzone. Offensive penalties also have hindered many scoring opportunities.
Indiana's defense gave up 278 passing yards to Eastern Michigan and 266 passing yards to Western Michigan's Tim Hiller. EKU quarterback T.J. Pryor also had success running the ball, scrambling four times for 37 yards.

    The ABJ's Patrick McManamon described the college festivities this weekend, between Friday's soccer game and Saturday's games in Cleveland (OSU vs. Toledo), Akron and Kent State (vs. Iowa State).
    Here is what I wrote about Indiana on May 26. Back then, 79 percent of Zips fans thought Akron will prevail.
    The weather looks phenomenal.
    The Zips are still favored by between four and 4.5 points. The over-under is about 49.
    Tom Gaffney wrote an interesting story where IU coach Bill Lynch says the gap between the Big Ten and the MAC has narrowed. mentions that Indiana has lost seven straight road games. The story also discusses the team's redzone woes.
Below is the video of Tom Wistrcill, J.D. Brookhart and Caleb Porter talking about this weekend's events.
Indiana has given up a lot of passing yards and it's likely that will continue Saturday. Two weeks ago, Penn State's front seven had no problem getting into Akron's backfield. With Jammie Kirlew and Greg Middleton being great pass rushers, this will be a big test to see if the Zips have improved on pass protection.
The Zips' defense, meanwhile, is on a roll, holding opponents to six consecutive scoreless quarters. For that reason, the real room for variance is Akron's running game. If the Zips move the chains, then Akron's balanced attack should pull away. If not, then this will be a close game.
Akron 31, Indiana 23
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