The theme -- Ohio's defense has been successful when it is able to penetrate into teams' backfields. The Bobcats are second in the MAC with 24 sacks. They are in the top-half in the conference in stopping the run and pass. The line in this 4-3 defense is the strength.
Key players -- Landen Cohen and Kris Luchsinger lead that line. Safety Todd Koenig leads the team in tackles. Although he has been quiet this year, don't forget about punt returner Chris Jarrett, who was a third-team Freshman All-American last year.
How Akron can score -- This should be a good test for Akron's line. It must limit penetration because the Zips won't move the ball if they're facing third-and-long all night. Chris Jacquemain is eligible to play, but the coaches haven't announced who will start. As with the entire season, I might as well be throwing the passes if the Zips don't enter the endzone at least four times.