The AP Poll gave the Zips one top-25 vote, making them about 49th in the country.
J.D. Brookhart often says mid-majors have a difficult time finding solid defensive linemen.
Although the Zips will lose Kiki Gonzalez and Jermaine Reid, they may pick up a couple others.
Chris Leatigaga, a redshirt sophomore at a junior college in California, is considering a transfer to Akron. Scout.com gives Leatigaga three stars.
Also, Captain Kangaroo of ZipsNation.org is reporting Antwon Hight may return to campus. Hight, a two-star defensive end from Canton McKinley, did not qualify for grades after committing to Akron in 2005.
One of our reporters just spoke with Caleb Porter about the Zips hopes for an at-large berth.
The coach was pessimistic, saying his team's RPI is too low.
More coming as it happens.