OK. I'll admit I was completely, absolutely, 180 degrees wrong about Kent State.
The Flashes destroyed Toledo 40-14 today at Dix Stadium.
Eugene Jarvis ran for 179 yards and three touchdowns. Julian Edelman had another nice game, too.
- Central Michigan won again. So both teams that beat Akron in the MAC are 4-0 in conference play. That means Akron, perhaps, hasn't played as bad as it seems.
- This result, however, makes me abandon all conventional wisdom about MAC football this year. Garrett Wolfe rushed for 25 yards on 18 carries in Western Michigan's 16-14 win over Northern Illinois.
- In other MAC play, Bowling Green moved to 3-1 in the conference with a 24-21 win at home against Eastern Michigan.
What does all this mean for Zips fans? Kent State (4-0) and Bowling Green (3-1) will seriously need to choke for Akron to return to the MAC Championship. The MAC standings certainly aren't uplifting.
Akron suffered its first MAC loss in two years today as Northern Illinois scored a 77th-minute goal to win 1-0.
With several near-misses and crossbar bangers, it was more of the same.
The Zips (8-4-1, 2-1 MAC) will return home for a Wednesday night game against Michigan.
The men and women both won the 19-team Falcon Invitational at Bowling Green.
Individually, Akron's best finishers were Jason Headman (ninth overall) and Sediah Erskine (second).
While MAC Championships in soccer and football look less likely each week, the runners are keeping the athletic department afloat.
When Kansas State introduced former Zips coach Bob Huggins last night, it mirrored a rock star's entrance.
Memo to whoever works the multimedia at Rhodes Arena: Akron should do some similar things this year. Fans love it, and it must pump up the players.
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