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Akron vs. Miami - Game notes

By mrasor Published: November 3, 2011

Football

The good news about today's game is that you don't have to waste a perfectly good Saturday to watch it.

The Zips are 14-point underdogs at Miami, a 7:30 p.m. game to be televised on ESPNU.

Miami is 2-2 in the MAC, and in the thick of the division race. After Ohio's win over Temple last night, the RedHawks could take the division lead with a win.

Miami is a "pass, pass and keep passing" offense. The RedHawks average 67.5 rushing yards per game, and that's last in the nation. The passing offense, however, is second in the MAC with 278.1 yards per game.

Junior Zac Dysert is poised to overtake Ben Roethlisberger as Miami's all-time leading passer. Sophomore Nick Harwell is his favorite target.

Defensively, Miami is better at stopping the pass than the run. Senior linebacker Jerrell Wedge is sixth in the conference in tackles. (Akron's Brian Wagner, by the way, has 30 more tackles than the nearest MAC player.)

The Zips will need at least 100 yards from Jawon Chisholm to keep the chains moving. This is really not a bad matchup for the Zips. The problem is, Akron has never won at Miami, and that's more than coincidental. For whatever reason, Oxford makes for a tough road environment. I think the Zips will lose by 10.

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