Akron will kickoff in Storrs, Conn., in two hours.
Judging by the media attention, you wouldn't know that
I found one story -- from the AP -- previewing the game in today's papers.
I suppose it's irrelevant. This game doesn't mean much to either team. UConn wants to stay undefeated. It solidifies the Huskies' bowl eligibility, but they really care more about the Big East schedule. Akron, on the other hand, wants to knock off a BCS opponent. Aside from confidence or recruiting, that's not a giant help. The six MAC East games are all that really matter to J.D. Brookhart.
I would trade a win to see the Zips improve in the running and passing attacks and to stay healthy.
It will be interesting to see how Bryan Williams responds to being named the starting running back. Also watch Wayne Cobham in John Mackey's rover position. The system needs a high-motor sure-tackler at that position. If Cobham can't do it, I am excited to see Amin Kabir, a.k.a. Amin Kaboom.
Carlton Jackson's play concerned many of you last week. This will be his opportunity to fix his mechanics and play "within the system." (I'm still about two weeks of bad quarterback play away from calling for Matt Rodgers.)
Akron will need to protect Jackson and limit UConn running back Donald Brown to stay in this game. They probably will, but the Huskies still win. Regardless, take the Zips against the 15.5-point spread.
UConn 21, Akron 16