The theme: This is a speedy defense, which works fine for a Big East team, but not so much against the Big Ten. The Hoosiers aren't physical enough to be a good run stuffing team. They aren't experienced enough to stop the pass. So far, the team has beaten Indiana State (D-IAA) and outscored Western Michigan. The Broncos didn't have much success running the ball last week, but quarterback Tim Hiller was able to throw for 343 yards and three touchdowns against the Hoosiers.
That begs the question, Does Indiana have a better run defense this year? Recent history would indicate "probably not." The Hoosiers began last season with two excellent efforts in the trenches. Then the returned to form by allowing the mighty Salukis of Southern Illinois to trample for 244 yards on the ground. Fool's gold? I'd say so.
Key players: CB Tracy Porter, LB Geno Johnson
How Akron can score: Dennis Kennedy needs to start running with a purpose. Maybe it would have been futile anyhow against Ohio State, but the running backs must carry this offense until the passing game comes together. This is a chance for the Zips' offensive line to show its talent. Hey, maybe the tight ends will even show up for this week's contest in Bloomington ... Naw. The bottom line is that if Akron gets behind early, Joe Moorhead must open up the playbook for Jabari Arthur to show his worth. These passes to the flats on third-and-8 are starting to bug me.
I will appear on Bill Morgan's pregame radio show on 1350 AM on Saturday morning. Be sure to tune in.
Some sportsbooks have actually increased the spread to 13.5 points. The over-under is either 49 or 49.5. It's clear to me that you should take the Zips and the under. But what do I know?
I was chatting with a founder of the AK-Rowdies last night. He told me enrollment is up to 1,000 students. Last year, it was 200. We'll see if they show up... On a side note, one of my law school classmates discussed joining the "Aaak" Rowdies. I chuckled.
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