The Plain Dealer's Elton Alexander writes about Dennis Kennedy, who transferred from Ohio State.
Jim Tressel told the ABJ's David Lee Morgan he hopes his team can avoid missed blocking assignments against the 3-3-5 defense.
The Columbus Dispatch outlines the Buckeyes' history of near upsets by smaller schools. The one I remember most vividly was an overtime win against Marshall in 2004.
The Dispatch also talks about Tressel's duties with Akron. Before Jim Dennison promoted him to full-time assistant, one of Tressel's chief duties was to order McDonald's food for the team after games. Oh, and he drove the coaches' wives to away games in a woody wagon. LOL.
The game starts at noon. For those of you living on campus, the university acquired the Big Ten Network for the next two weeks so you can watch it in the comfort of your (dry) residence hall. Most everyone else who is not in Columbus will be at a sports bar. I'll be at Johnny Malloy's.
The spread is 29 points, which I believe is way too high. Why? First, Akron played Ohio State in 2002 and lost by only 14. Of course, no player remains from that team. But most will agree the Zips have more speed, size and talent than five years ago. Given the geography of this "rivalry," Akron players usually are pretty pumped up to be playing in front of 100,000 people at a school maybe they believed should have offered a scholarship.
Second, Ohio State played I-AA Youngstown State last week and won by 32. Are the Penguins only three points better than the Zips? I will concede this: YSU did not commit a turnover. And that's the only way Akron stays competitive.
My prediction is 27-13, Buckeyes.