Mack Rhoades always felt it important that the football team played six times at home, even if one of those games was against a Division I-AA team.
Although there is a new athletic director, Rhoades' impact is all over this schedule, which begins with two home games and finishes with two home games.
The marquee opponent coming to InfoCision Stadium is Syracuse, which has split two matchups with Akron in the past two seasons. The football purists will be pleased that the first 10 games are played on Saturdays. The Miami game is on Wednesday, and the Zips play Buffalo on the final Friday of the season.
Bowling Green is the only MAC East foe that Akron does not play.
Sept. 4 — Syracuse Sept. 11 — Gardner-Webb Sept. 18 — at Kentucky Sept. 25 — at Indiana Oct. 2 — Northern Illinois (homecoming) Oct. 9 — at Kent State Oct. 16 — at Ohio Oct. 23 — Western Michigan Oct. 30 — at Temple Nov. 6 — at Ball State Nov. 17— Miami Nov. 26 — Buffalo
Fewer than 500 general admission seats remain for Friday's game. I wouldn't want to be left out of this one.