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Game at Browns Stadium in 2007

By mrasor Published: December 15, 2006


Next fall, the Zips could play in the inaugural Patriot Bowl -- an annual game at Cleveland Browns Stadium pitting one of Ohio's MAC schools against a U.S. service academy: Army, Navy or Air Force.

That is according to a Record-Courier story that also mentions the MAC's football scheduling is well on its way to being complete. Remember, Temple enters the MAC East next season, so Akron will play one fewer cross-over game against the MAC West.

Kent State athletic director Laing Kennedy said it is not a certainty Akron would play in the first Patriot Bowl. However, the Zips already have Army on next year's schedule, although it's an away game.

Akron's other games next season include...

  • Sept. 8 - A new quarterback will try to run the Zips offense against the defending national champion Ohio State Buckeyes at the Horseshoe.

  • Sept. 15 - Indiana visits the Rubber Bowl (if there's anything left of it by then). This would be the Zips first win against a Big 10 team in a long, long time. I'm talking maybe more than a century ago.

  • Sept. 22 - Possibly the Zips' fourth non-conference game. Or it could be an off week.

  • Sept. 29 - Akron travels to Army. Of course, this might be the first Patriot Bowl.

Certain home MAC games include Kent State and Ohio. Away MAC games include Miami, Bowling Green and Buffalo. It would appear Temple would be a home game to balance it out. The conference also will add two cross-over games. (Here's hoping for Eastern Michigan and Ball State.)

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