The theme -- By putting up 35 points against Bowling Green, Temple showed it has an offense that at least can score on bad MAC defenses. Although Akron doesn't have one of those bad MAC defenses, this game all-the-sudden looks more competitive than it did two months ago. Quarterback Adam DiMichele might be one of the more talented passers in the league, considering what he has to work with. The running game is nothing to boast about, being No. 106 in the nation. Teams have sacked DiMichele 19 times, which is 105th in the nation. It's safe to say this offensive line, which includes two freshmen and a sophomore, is struggling to get to speed.
Key players -- QB DiMichele, WR Bruce Francis
How Akron can stop them -- This is a game where the Zips can get pretty creative with blitzing schemes. Send a cornerback here, a safety there. The lack of a decent running game should allow Akron to drop the rover into coverage the entire game. But put as many players as possible in the box and let the quarterback and inexperienced line figure it out. Although the secondary self-destructed against Western Michigan, it should be re-energized for the Homecoming matchup.