As the ABJ's David Lee Morgan pointed out, Akron is playing in its third-straight do-or-die game.
Lose here, and Ohio is heading to Detroit as the MAC East Champions. A win, and the Zips will rely on Miami to finish off the Bobcats the following week.
Also in that story, Ohio coach Frank Solich claims his team is better than the one Akron demolished 27-3 last year. I believe OU's defense has improved. Its offense, however, seems to be similar, if not worse, than the squad Akron held to 11 rushing yards, nine first downs and three points.
Solich said if Akron shuts down the run again, it will be a repeat of last year, the Ironton Tribune reports.
Honestly, I keep flip-flopping on my prediction. While I continue to ponder it, here are some other pundits' predictions...
More or less, the pundits are saying that Ohio has found ways to win the close games. Akron has found ways to lose them (see Cincinnati and Central Michigan). Ohio has stayed away from the catastrophic turnover, while Luke Getsy often has been plagued by them.
On our podcast, I said Ohio would win, 24-21. I take it back. I don't have a prediction tonight. This game perplexes me like none other this season. I can envision anywhere from a blow-out Akron win to a Bobcats victory by a touchdown.