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Comments on the 2008 schedule

By mrasor Published: March 11, 2008


    Here are some thoughts after looking at the schedule...
    Akron won't play Miami. That's a stunner. The bright side is that the Zips will dodge the MAC East favorite.
    The Zips have two consecutive bye weeks. The gap comes after the eighth game of the season. If the Zips enter the byes with a .500-or-better record, they will be in great position.
    The Rubber Bowl's final game will come Nov. 13 against Buffalo. That will be a bittersweet day.
    Akron will be thrilled to go 2-2 non-conference. The Zips will lose to Wisconsin and Cincinnati for sure. Syracuse and Army are probable losses. Army is a probable win. (By the way, One Who Knows tells me that the Bearcats aren't done fighting for quarterback Ben Mauk's final year of eligibility.)
    Without any certainty at quarterback, it's hard to predict a win-loss record. Here it goes anyhow... @ Wisconsin (L), @ Syracuse (L), Ball State (W), @ Army (W), Cincinnati (L), @ Kent State (W), Bowling Green (W), @ Eastern Michigan (W), Toledo (W), Buffalo (W), @ Ohio (L) and @ Temple (L).
    That's right. I'm saying the Zips will go 7-5. I might amend that after looking at these teams after their spring games.
    The Zips knocked Kentucky off the schedule this season and next. The first opponent at InfoCision Stadium will be Indiana. Mack Rhoades insinuated that it was Akron's fault, but he couldn't do much about it.
    Akron has not played Eastern Michigan since J.D. Brookhart arrived. If there is a ho-hum opponent on the schedule, EMU is it.
    Akron will get three ESPN games this season (including ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN Classic). You have to applaud the MAC's job in getting its teams national exposure.

Men's basketball
If you're looking for something good to watch tonight, tune in to ESPN at 9 for Cleveland State's bid to win the Horizon League at Butler.
After the Indians game today, Bruce Drennan suggested that coach Gary Waters could be in line for a giant offer to leave the Vikings.
    Other notes...
    The Cincinnati Enquirer said Akron is the dark horse to win the MAC Tournament.
    My predictions on tomorrow's action in Cleveland: Miami will beat Buffalo. BG over Toledo. Eastern Michigan over Ball State. Central Michigan over Northern Illinois.
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