Akron (0-2) at Central Michigan (1-1)
Time: 3 p.m., Saturday
TV/Radio: ESPN+, Steve French (pbp), David Skoczen (analyst), Joe Dunn (sideline); WARF (1350-AM flagship), WHKW (1220-AM/96.9-FM); WHKZ (1440-AM); iHeart Radio, TuneIn.com/Akron Zips
Series record: Central Michigan leads 16-10-1
Last meeting: Akron won 17-10 last season
About Akron: The Zips are coming off a loss to the UAB Blazers at InfoCision Stadium in which they struggled in the running game. Quarterback Kato Nelson had a decent game, but a running game would have provided more cover for the UA offense. On defense, keep an eye on defensive back Alvin Davis and linebacker John Lako.
About Central Michigan: The Chippewas are coming off a 61-0 loss to Wisconsin. They are led by senior running back Jonathan Ward, who has 161 yards in the first two games on 23 carries. Quarterback Quinten Dormady has completed 32-of-49 passes for 321 yards and three touchdowns.
• From UA coach Tom Arth on the CMU defense: “I have a lot of respect for coach [Jim] McElwain and their staff. They're going to be difficult to defend. They do some differing things on defense [multiple fronts] that we have to be prepared for and have a plan for ... They're a pretty aggressive defense. When they're bring pressure, they're coming. They're timing up blitzes. Their linebackers are hitting it on the run, so we have to do a good job of being ready for some of the pressures they're going to bring.”
• From McElwain on Nelson: "He's a guy who can cause us issues with our make-up. ... if you don't keep your rush lanes, he can hurt you with his feet and I've been really impressed with how he gets the ball out to quick receivers and different concepts they're running. He's one of those guys that if you don't contain, he's going to hurt you."
— George M. Thomas