As promised, here are my thoughts on the Zips 20-0 loss to Army...
I think my expectations were too high coming into the season. An inside source told me the team is so young that it could win eight games, or it could win two. I disagreed. We have the best coach in the MAC. We have the best receiver in the MAC (arguably). I failed to realize we have a defense that lost its linebackers. We have an offense that lost its linemen. Most importantly, we lost the best player in Akron history, Charlie Frye.
That said, this season is not over. Akron's final games are @ Bowling Green, @ Ball State and home versus Ohio and Kent State. The way Bowling Green is playing, that game is almost winable, regardless of Omar Jacobs being the best QB in the MAC. Ohio is better this year, but not necessarily better than Akron. Kent and Ball State are terrible.
Akron has three wins. It takes six wins to be bowl eligible. If the Zips can win three of their last four, they could (miraculously) find themselves playing in a December bowl game.
So despite the horrific play against Army, Akron's season is not dead. Chin up.
Also, go to the Kent and Ohio games. The turnout for the Army game was pathetic. Sure, it was cold and rainy. But it was also homecoming against a big-name team.
I just hope Coach Brookhart didn't bring any recruits to watch the game. They might as well put on their Big-10 jersey now.