Will this be the Zips' BCS shocker?
Oddsmakers think Akron has a puncher's chance, saying Syracuse is only a 4.5-point favorite in the Carrier Dome.
The Orange finished 2-10 last year under Greg Robinson, with whom J.D. Brookhart has a personal connection. The Orange gained only two yards per carry all season. The athletic director allowed Robinson to have another year as an opportunity to coach his own recruits.
Scout.com says the Orange plans to run more this season. That wasn't exactly the plan in week one against Northwestern, which Syracuse lost 30-10. The Orange passed more than it ran, and did neither particularly well.
Ryan Bain would actually give the Zips' defensive line an advantage against Syracuse's smallish offensive front (but we won't know the injury report until tomorrow). Quarterback Andrew Robinson has put up big numbers in games sporadically, but his favorite targets are gone from last year. He's not particularly precise with his passes, either.
The Orange defense got plowed by Northwestern's Tyrell Sutton, but not quite as badly as P.J. Hill buried the Zips. The team's defensive line is also small, and it should make for a big running day for Akron, as well.
The Zips jumped seven spots to become No. 5 in the national poll.
Congratulations go out to Jeff Boals, who is now an associate head coach.
The new title demonstrates how much he means to the basketball program. Oh, and he is the man behind the Zeke Marshall coup.
Zips fans might not like to hear this, but he is the next Shaka Smart, in that his career will take him much higher than assistant coach in the MAC. Smart is now an assistant for Billy Donovan at Florida.
Chris Singletary from Kent State got in a little trouble over the weekend.
Allegedly, he got "uncooperative" with the police. That might be his last straw.