In journalism, we try to come up with original things to say.
Repeating how bad the team has played is not really an option for those who cherish their jobs. I have always pitied Sheldon Ocker, who is forced to choke out game stores on the Indians after the All-Star Break.
It's also a lame approach to simply use clever words to say the same thing (that Akron sucks). But since cyberspace affords unlimited keystrokes, I'll toss out some one-liners.
Akron is so bad that:
-- Team parents are wearing paper bags over their heads.
-- The Zips don't know a pass from a hole in the ground.
-- InfoCision Stadium was voted the "Beacon's Best" library to visit on fall Saturday afternoons.
Now that we've finished with that unsavory business, we can talk about the Western Michigan game.
Tom Gaffney, whom I respect, does not make flippant conclusions. He argues that Akron should start Matt Rodgers at quarterback.
I think the more prudent course is to give Rodgers more and more playing time. Patrick Nicely earned the job in camp, and he's been hunted down without protection nor receivers all season. If Rodgers' style is better under such dire circumstances, then let's phase him in. No need to ruin a sophomore's confidence in an 0-7 season, or what's left of it.
On the other sideline you have another sophomore quarterback, Alex Carder, who is second in the conference in passing yards. But he has two senior receivers in Juan Nunez and Jordan White who are in the top five in the conference in receptions per game.
Since we are discussing journalism a little, let me direct you to one of the MAC's best beat writers. Reading articles by Graham Couch of the Kalamazoo Gazette is one advantage of playing WMU. On Wednesday, he wrote about Broncos coach Bill Cubit's two years as a running backs coach at Akron under Gerry Faust.
Couch also addressed the Shockeroo at Kalamazoo (or whatever dumb nickname I tried to coin it). For those who don't remember that game in 2007, watch the video below...
But back to the game ... Aside from the passing advantage and a couple of playmakers on defense, Western Michigan is only average. Probably a little better than Kent State and a little worse than Ohio. The Broncos are 2-4 and are coming off a trip to Notre Dame. (Think they'll notice the difference between our place and the Irish's?)
Oddsmakers favor WMU by 7.5. I think it's a winnable game (but I've been wrong a lot this season).