GoZips.com did a nice job outlining what college football magazines and Web sites are saying about the Zips and their players.
If you don't want to click the link, here is a rundown...
- Lindy's (42) and The Sporting News (46) rank the Zips in the nation's top 50 teams.
- Most say Akron will win the MAC East.
- They also agree Luke Getsy, Kiki Gonzalez and Jermaine Reid are among the MAC's best players. Also receiving recognition were Andy Alleman, Jabari Arthur, Tim Crouch, Kris Kasparek, Andy Wills, Reggie Corner, Kevin Grant, John Mackey and Brion Stokes.
- If Akron happens to earn another bowl bid, one game just became much, much more attractive. The GMAC Bowl is set for Jan. 7 and won't compete with other games at the end of bowl season.
Blake Sattler finished 11th and Ryan Gutkowski 38th at the Ohio Amateur.
It definitely will be nice to have Sattler back next season. The Zips made some serious progress last year, despite Sattler sitting out with a medical redshirt.
Akron's women are among the nation's best academically, the track coaches association announced.
- Natalie Sako, a junior high jumper, took third at the North American Under 23 Track Championships. She was the only participant from a MAC school.
Sami Khorbotly, a semi-frequent commenter on this blog, had a scare last week. His parents were on their way home from Lebanon almost were forced to stay there due to violence between Hezbolah and Israel. You can read the ABJ story by clicking the above link.
- On a lighter note, I met the legendary Captain Kangaroo on a trip back to Ohio yesterday. His softball team had the misfortune of playing the Keg Kickers. Kangaroo is one of three founders of ZipsNation.org, the premier Zips fan site. Dr. Z was also there. Despite their disdain for my employer, they seem to be good guys.
- Kangaroo pitched a solid game, but the Kickers won, 10-8. I failed to hit the ball out of the infield against him in three at-bats, but still reached base twice.