If Akron beats Western Michigan, the team will be bowl-eligible for three consecutive years.
Still, what chances does a 6-6 team from the MAC have?
The brand-new International Bowl pits a Big East team against the third MAC team. Tom Lowding (sp?), a representative from the bowl, just told Buchtelite sports editor Dan Kadar that he will be at Friday's game "to scout both teams."
Now, the teams' records come first when deciding between UA and WMU. However, what Akron did at last year's Motor City Bowl -- selling out its allotment of 9,000 tickets -- is certainly appealing.
"Akron set the bar for what MAC teams should try and do," Lowding said.
Maybe, just maybe, last year's bowl is enough to make up the difference between a 6-6 team and a 7-5 team when the 6-6 team has the head-to-head win.
CORRECTION: As a commenter pointed out, Akron can not go to the International Bowl unless Western Michigan receives an invite elsewhere. All 7-5 teams must have a bowl before 6-6 teams are considered.
It appears likely that both Steve McNees and Mike Bardo will be redshirted this season, the Buchtelite's Michael Beaven reports.
The story will be in tomorrow's paper.
The Plain Dealer tried to address the question but it was still up in the air.