Keith Dambrot's Zips will begin the defense of their MAC Championship Nov. 15 against Austin Peay.
The team released its non-conference schedule today, which includes a three-game tournament in Daytona Beach, Fla., and a road game against Texas A&M.
Not including the tournament and BracketBuster game, Akron will play only two non-conference road games. After the tournament, the team will play eight of 10 games at Rhodes Arena, concluding with a home matchup against Rhode Island.
It's a schedule with winnable BCS games and plenty of home matchups. It also complies with Dambrot's modus operandi: no "buy" games against a top-10 program. I give it a B+.