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Looking ahead to Ohio State

By mrasor Published: November 25, 2008

Men's soccer
Akron is five games away from the national championship.
The Zips will play Ohio State at 7:30 tonight in what could be the first. Akron beat Ohio State 4-3 in Columbus on Nov. 7 thanks to two Steve Zakuani goals.
An added twist tonight is that Ohio State suspended six players for its first-round win over Oakland. Those players are game-time decisions. Two are vital to Ohio State's rotation.
The weather forecast calls for a 100 percent chance of snow. After a snowy MAC Championship victory at Lee Jackson Field, some of the Zips complained that the frosty weather does not benefit their style.
It should be a great time out in the snow. I plan to attend because I feel I got cheated out of a final game of frostbite at the Rubber Bowl. Oh, and because it should be a great game.
Men's basketball
I was awfully tempted to blog from the warm Rhodes Arena instead, but the Zips are playing Division-II Urbana. They're bad, even for a D-II team.
In Tom Gaffney's preview, coach Keith Dambrot says he wants the McKnight brothers to combine for 14 rebounds per game. That way, he can feel better about putting them on the floor together, instead of using Mike Bardo for Windex purposes.
If Akron doesn't win by 40, I'll be disappointed.
Gaffney also wrote about J.D. Brookhart's disappointment after the Ohio loss.
There are 68 spots for bowl teams. There are 63 bowl-eligible teams and 16 more with five wins. A bowl game does not appear likely, but a win would at least force some bowls to make a decision.
Six wins would also be an improvement from the last two seasons. And this season had lower expectations than either.
Back to the bowl discussion, though... I haven't looked at these 16 teams, but logic tells me that many are from BCS conferences and that they built their win totals through nonconference games. Therefore, they probably have losing records in their conference.
Let's assume that these teams are mostly 5-6. That right there shows they are more likely to lose than to win. It is also safe to say these teams will end with an in-conference game (and the team in question has been largely unsuccessful in conference games).
It is not preposterous to believe that only five could finish their season with a win and that Akron could be one of those five. I don't care to research this unless Akron wins on Friday against Temple. I will break down the Owls tomorrow.

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