It could be that the University of Akron football team is earning some modicum of respect.



The Mid-American Conference released next fall's schedule Friday afternoon and the Zips have the potential to play four nationally televised games on the ESPN family of networks.



“Considering how we ended last season, we are very excited about 2014,” Bowden said. “When you get your new schedule, it makes the upcoming season real. Our players are in the middle of off-season conditioning and spring practice is just a couple weeks away, so today's announcement provides motivation for all of us. Each game will present a challenge and we are excited for the opportunity to play on national TV several times.”



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Akron



Aug. 

28           Howard

Sep. 

6              at Penn State

20           Marshall

27           at Pittsburgh

Oct.

4              *Eastern Michigan

11           *Miami

18           *at Ohio

25           *at Ball State

Nov.

4              #*Bowling Green, 8:00 pm ET (ESPN2/ESPNU)

11           #*at Buffalo, 8:00 pm ET (ESPN2/ESPNU)

18           #*UMass, 8:00 pm ET (ESPNU/ESPN3)

25           #*at Kent State, 7:00 pm ET (ESPN2/ESPN3)