Akron scheduled a home game against North Texas on Sept. 23 for its fourth non-conference contest.
Last year, North Texas was 2-9 overall, playing in the Sun Belt Conference. The season before, the Eagles played (and lost to) Southern Miss in the New Orleans Bowl, ending the season at 7-5. For next year, CollegeFootballNews.com predicts North Texas to be the 111th best team in the nation. North Texas was the perfect fourth out-of-conference opponent. The team is not very good, yet is Division I-A and has some history.
Other highlights from a GoZips.com report are that ESPNU will televise the Buffalo and Ohio games.
Five of the first six games are on the road for Akron, but the Zips will be able to rebound from an possible below-.500 record with three of the last four games coming at home.
It looks as if the Zips will have one certain loss (@ Penn State), two probable losses (@ N.C. State and @ Toledo), one toss-up (@ Central Michigan), three probable wins (@ Cincinnati, Miami, @ Ohio) and five certain wins (@ Kent State, North Texas, Bowling Green, Buffalo, Western Michigan).
Without knowing who wins the position battles or how the team looks in practice, I will guess the Zips win eight games.