Call me a sports dweeb, but I've done some math about Akron's chances for a bowl game. Akron is 5-5. A win against Kent State this Thursday and the Zips are bowl eligible for the second-straight year. Last year, Akron was the only bowl-eligible team that didn't go to a game. This year, it might be similar.
Currently, 64 teams in the country are bowl-eligible - just enough to fill the 32 bowls. Several five-win teams are looking to get their sixth win. The five-win teams are Maryland, North Carolina, Kansas, Kansas State, Texas A&M, Baylor, Pittsburgh, Houston, Southern Mississippi, Colorado State, Utah, Stanford, Arizona State, Oregon State, Louisiana Lafayette, Arkansas State and Vanderbilt. I didn't have time to check if all of these teams have a game left, but most do.
So Zips fans need to root against each of these teams as they play their last game of the season. If they all lose, and Akron beats Kent, the Zips' bowl chances will improve greatly, even if they don't get help from Ohio or Toledo this week. (Ohio must beat Miami and Toledo must beat Bowling Green for Akron to win the MAC East.)