Bubba Walther fits in better at OU than Akron because his poor defense is hidden through Tim O'Shea's zone, the ABJ's Tom Gaffney writes.
This game is crucial to Akron's hopes for a respectable RPI. Ohio has a strong offense, and despite a middling defense, the Bobcats' zone is likely to give Akron problems like other zones have.
Obviously the Zips can win in Athens; they blew out OU two years ago. But I like the Bobcats to win for those reasons. If it's any consolation, this will be one of only two MAC games I give the advantage to the Zips' opponent.
Prediction: Ohio 74, Akron 71