The theme -- Western Michgan has the fifth-worst run defense in the nation, allowing 245.8 rushing yards per game. Statistically, the pass defense looks good (40th nationally), but opponents have only averaged 25 pass attempts per game.
To be fair, the Broncos played West Virginia, who could probably run against the New England Patriots. WVU's Pat White, Steve Slaton & Co. ran for 316 yards, and the starters didn't even play a good chunk of the 62-24 blowout. Missouri and Indiana also are top-30 run offenses, and they, too, left WMU in the dust. Although the Broncos beat Toledo, the Rockets' running game is among the best in the MAC. So perhaps this is just one of the many statisitical anomalies that persists in nonconference college football. But maybe not, since Central Connecticut nearly ran for 200 yards, as well.
Key players -- Londen Fryar probably is the MAC's best cornerback. He makes game-changing plays. Defensive end Zach Davidson and linebacker Boston McCornell have combined for 10.5 tackles for loss. Those three players have been the only playmakers this season.
How Akron can score -- I would avoid throwing to whomever Fryar is covering. But you can forget that idea, because Akron has only one receiver. The real way to keep up with WMU's high-scoring offense is to keep them off the field. Bryan Williams needs to keep the chains moving. If the receivers are covered, Chris Jacquemain must get three or four yards wherever possible. I say "Jacquemain" because he is slated to start, but I don't expect him to play most of the game.