banner

College Football

more stats

24
Final 1234Score
Akron3071424
Michigan7014728
Preview | Matchup | Log | Wrap | Box
28


Akron (1-1) at (11) Michigan (2-0)



Saturday, September 14, 12:00 p.m. (et)

The Sports Network

By Lucas Gulotta, Associate College Football Editor

GAME NOTES: The 11th-ranked Michigan Wolverines take aim at their 17th straight victory in The Big House as they host the Akron Zips for a non- conference matchup.

The Zips are coming off a hard-fought, 35-33 victory over James Madison that improved their record to 1-1. Now in his second season as Akron's head coach, Terry Bowden has yet to defeat an FBS opponent with the program. Akron has finished just 1-11 in each of the past three seasons. This will be its second road game of the 2013 campaign. The Zips suffered a 38-7 setback at UCF in their season opener. They have not won back-to-back games since 2008.

The Wolverines are fresh off a 41-30 win over Notre Dame at Michigan Stadium in what was one of the marquee matchups of week two. The victory marked the 400th for the program at Michigan Stadium and the team's current 16-game win streak in The Big House is the longest active home winning streak among BCS conference teams. The Wolverines are 21-7 under coach Brady Hoke, who is 2-1 against Akron in his career.

This will be the first meeting in history between these schools. Hoke faced the Zips three times when he was the head coach of MAC rival Ball State. Bowden is 1-0 versus Michigan in his career thanks to Auburn's 34-13 win over the Wolverines in 1995.

Akron's first-year offensive coordinator A.J. Wilwee decided to employ a two- quarterback system for the team's bout with JMU. The gameplan worked well as Nick Hirschman and Kyle Pohl threw two touchdowns each to help Akron overcome an early 13-0 deficit. Pohl, who started under center, finished 14-of-22 for 143 yards with two touchdowns to one interception. Hirschman amassed 144 yards and three total touchdowns, while completing 6-of-10 pass attempts. Both passers should see action in Ann Arbor.

Akron's receiving corps is very deep as 11 different players have made multiple receptions already. The leader of the group is 5-foot-6, 138-pound freshman Fransohn Bickley, who has made six catches for 61 yards. Sophomore Zach D'Orazio has reeled in two of the team's five touchdown receptions while fellow sophomore Andrew Pratt's 118 yards on three catches makes him the team's most effective target.

Although the Zips frequently passed the ball, junior tailback Jawon Chisholm still came up 47 yards shy of the 1,000-yard mark in 2012. He showed solid improvement in terms of efficiency as his yards per carry average rose from 4.4 to 5.3. Chisholm was bottled up by UCF in the opener, but picked up 87 yards against the Dukes.

Akron's defensive coordinator Chuck Amato has not been able to turn his unit into one opposing offenses fear. The Zips allowed their FCS opponent to gain 498 yards of total offense and achieve 26 first downs in their last appearance. The Dukes were moving the ball with ease on their final drive, but ran out of time before they could take the lead one final time. Junior linebacker Johnny Robinson has registered 15 total stops, including one for loss through two games.

The Zips' defense will have their toughest assignment yet in Ann Arbor. Michigan junior quarterback Devin Gardner's dual-threat ability is going to make him extremely difficult to contain. Notre Dame had no answer for Gardner as he went 21-of-33 passing for 294 yards and four touchdowns. He also gained 82 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries to lead the team in rushing. Gardner has accounted for at least two touchdowns in seven consecutive games dating back to last season.

Jeremy Gallon was on the receiving end of three of Gardner's touchdown passes last week. Gallon finished the game with a career-high 184 yards and eight receptions, both of those totals were more than double that of any of his teammates. Tailback Fitzgerald Toussaint was the second on the team in receiving yards thanks to his one reception that went for 31 yards. Toussaint also rushed 22 times for 71 yards.

"We'd still like to run the ball better from the tailback position, I think that's always going to be a constant," said Hoke. "If we can control the line of scrimmage and do that, then make sure we're targeting the perimeter the right way."

Against the Fighting Irish's talented offensive unit, Michigan registered a pair of interceptions and made two stops on fourth down. The Wolverines allowed 410 yards of total offense to Notre Dame, but they were a lot less generous in their season opening win over Central Michigan, which they held to just 210 yards.

Raymon Taylor has registered a team-best 15 total tackles along with an interception through the first two games. Blake Countess has made a strong return from the knee injury that kept him out for the majority of the 2012 season. The redshirt sophomore made the first two interceptions of his career to go along with six tackles in the win over Notre Dame. Countess started the final six games of the 2011 season, including the Sugar Bowl victory over Virginia Tech.

"The main thing is that every week is important," said Michigan senior wideout Drew Dileo. "Last week the night game against Notre Dame was important and this week Akron at noon is important. Regardless of the team, the conference, or anything like that, this week it's Akron."

Bowden is making clear progress at Akron, but the Zips have a long way to go before they will be able to challenge a powerhouse like Michigan. Gardner should have no problem keeping his momentum going. The Wolverines' defense should be able to cause turnovers by pressuring Akron's inexperienced quarterbacks.

Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Michigan 56, Akron 10

09/11 10:32:54 ET

Other Stories

  • Sun Bowl: Duke vs. Arizona State

    Saturday at 2:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • NFL: Teams TBD

    Sunday at 1:00 pm on FOX50

  • NFL: Teams TBD

    Sunday at 1:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • NFL: Oakland at Denver

    Sunday at 4:25 pm on WRAL-TV

  • NFL: Denver at Cincinnati

    Tonight at 9:00 on 99.9 The Fan

  • CBB: Louisiana Tech at NC State

    Tomorrow at 7:00 pm on WRAL-FM

  • NHL: Hurricanes at Devils

    Tomorrow at 7:00 pm on 99.9 The Fan

  • Hawaii Bowl: Fresno State vs. Rice

    Wednesday at 7:00 pm on 99.9 The Fan

Scoreboard
Local
Final
CAR 17
CLE 13
Final
NYR 1
CAR 0
7:00pm Tonight
CHA
DEN
 
7:00pm Tonight
ECU
FAM
 
8:00pm Tonight
JST
NCCU
 
Final
TOR 118
NYK 108
Final
CLE 105
MEM 91
Final
MIA 100
BOS 84
Final
BRK 110
DET 105
Final
SAC 108
LAL 101
Final
ORL 88
PHI 96
Final
WAS 92
PHO 104
Final
MIN 96
IND 100
Final
OKC 99
NOP 101
7:00pm Tonight
CHA
DEN
 
8:00pm Tonight
HOU
POR
 
8:00pm Tonight
CHI
TOR
 
8:00pm Tonight
MEM
UTA
 
8:30pm Tonight
DAL
ATL
 
8:30pm Tonight
SAN
LAC
 
10:30pm Tonight
GSW
SAC
 
2:00pm Today
MEM
BYU
Final
UVA 76
HARV 27
Final
BGU 68
FERST 82
 
Final
ARMY 72
MAINE 69
 
Final
QUIN 60
ORST 52
Final
CLST 69
USF 65
 
Final
CARK 55
CCAR 72
 
Final
UWGB 66
ARKLR 46
 
Final
RAD 74
CORN 61
 
Final
UNT 62
CREI 58
Final
CAN 67
HC 48
 
Final
USB 67
GHND 52
 
Final
OKST 64
MD 73
Final
WINT 100
REIN 72
 
Final
UGST 68
SMISS 55
Final
NEOM 77
TXPA 72
 
Final
STLU 58
VERM 55
 
Final
UNCA 62
WCU 66
 
Final
EVAN 81
ALAST 63
 
Final
HART 82
FIU 69
 
Final
VALPO 82
GOSHEN 55
 
Final
LIP 69
PEAY 63
 
Final
DEN 46
BRY 48
 
Final
MONT 62
SD 67
 
Final
MTST 65
TENST 47
Final
SAMF 64
LAMON 50
 
Final
SCAR 78
COKR 52
 
Final
HAMP 75
NARZ 66
 
Final
SDU 71
SDCHR 61
 
Final
BC 71
USC 75
Final
NICST 64
TROY 65
 
Final
BRAD 47
UCI 55
 
Final
UGA 65
SHU 47
Final
ALA 60
APP 59
Final
KSU 53
NDST 52
 
Final
WASU 82
SJST 53
Final
UTEP 78
ALCOR 45
 
Final
SEAT 66
SACST 47
 
2:00pm Today
BRAD
ARKLR
 
2:00pm Today
CCST
BRO
 
2:00pm Today
NW
ILLCH
 
2:00pm Today
FSU
STET
 
2:30pm Today
GWU
OHIO
 
3:00pm Today
KNST
ELON
 
3:00pm Today
ARKPB
SUTAH
 
4:00pm Today
PSU
DART
 
4:30pm Today
COL
DEP
 
4:30pm Today
UCI
UWGB
 
5:00pm Tonight
PORT
L
 
5:30pm Tonight
ABCHRIST
SCST
 
6:00pm Tonight
PURD
GWEBB
 
6:00pm Tonight
NKENTUCKY
IDAHO
 
6:00pm Tonight
FORD
MAN
 
6:00pm Tonight
OSU
UMO
 
6:00pm Tonight
MSU
CITA
 
6:00pm Tonight
GSOUT
TRUETT
 
7:00pm Tonight
WMICH
ALAAM
 
7:00pm Tonight
MNTER
BING
 
7:00pm Tonight
WAKE
BUCK
 
7:00pm Tonight
SYR
COL
 
7:00pm Tonight
RMU
DEL
 
7:00pm Tonight
VCU
ETST
 
7:00pm Tonight
FATL
EKENT
 
7:00pm Tonight
GTDNS
FAIR
 
7:00pm Tonight
ECU
FAM
 
7:00pm Tonight
ILLST
MAST
 
7:00pm Tonight
TEMPL
KU
 
7:00pm Tonight
PRIN
LIB
 
7:00pm Tonight
UNH
LIU
 
7:00pm Tonight
BONA
MDES
 
7:00pm Tonight
TENN
MERC
 
7:00pm Tonight
JMU
NORST
 
7:00pm Tonight
ALCOR
NDST
 
7:00pm Tonight
ND
NILL
 
7:00pm Tonight
CLEM
OU
 
7:00pm Tonight
UCF
SELA
 
7:00pm Tonight
NAVY
TOWS
 
7:00pm Tonight
BUT
TENNM
 
7:00pm Tonight
VT
VMI
 
7:00pm Tonight
ODU
WMARY
 
7:05pm Tonight
IND
NO
 
7:30pm Tonight
UCONN
CLMB
 
7:30pm Tonight
STJ
LBSU
 
7:30pm Tonight
WVU
WOFF
 
8:00pm Tonight
MCNST
CMICH
 
8:00pm Tonight
COLST
CSOU
 
8:00pm Tonight
SIUE
CHIST
 
8:00pm Tonight
MICH
COPST
 
8:00pm Tonight
MINN
FUR
 
8:00pm Tonight
TCU
GRAM
 
8:00pm Tonight
TULSA
INCWORD
 
8:00pm Tonight
TTU
LOYC
 
8:00pm Tonight
JST
NCCU
 
8:00pm Tonight
IOWA
UNF
 
8:00pm Tonight
VANDY
PENN
 
8:00pm Tonight
LAM
RICE
 
8:00pm Tonight
MISS
SEMIZ
 
8:00pm Tonight
BAY
SOUTH
 
8:00pm Tonight
CHAT
UAB
 
8:00pm Tonight
OKLA
WEBER
 
8:05pm Tonight
SILL
MURST
 
8:05pm Tonight
MIZST
ORU
 
8:05pm Tonight
DRAK
SIMPSON
 
8:05pm Tonight
UMKC
TENT
 
9:00pm Tonight
LSU
COC
 
9:00pm Tonight
AFA
JVST
 
9:00pm Tonight
UTEP
KSU
 
9:00pm Tonight
PROV
MIAMI
 
9:00pm Tonight
ARK
UWMIL
 
9:00pm Tonight
MARQ
NDAK
 
9:00pm Tonight
GAELS
NE
 
9:00pm Tonight
NMST
NNM
 
9:00pm Tonight
NCOL
UCD
 
9:00pm Tonight
OREG
UCSB
 
9:00pm Tonight
CAL
WISC
 
9:05pm Tonight
EWASH
LCST
 
9:05pm Tonight
PORST
WALLA
 
10:00pm Tonight
NEV
MARS
 
10:00pm Tonight
CSFU
TAMCC
 
10:30pm Tonight
HOU
BSU
 
11:00pm Tonight
WICHS
LMU
 
11:00pm Tonight
WASH
TULA
 
11:00pm Tonight
SDST
UCR
 
Final
DET 1
COL 2
Final
EDM 5
DAL 6
Final
BOS 4
BUF 3
Final
NYR 1
CAR 0
Final
CHI 4
TOR 0
Final
WIN 3
PHI 4
7:00pm Tonight
CLB
NAS
 
7:00pm Tonight
WAS
OTT
 
7:30pm Tonight
FLA
PIT
 
10:00pm Tonight
VAN
ARI
 
10:00pm Tonight
ANA
SJS
 
10:30pm Tonight
LOS
CAL
 
Final
NOS 14
ATL 30
Final
HOU 25
BAL 13
Final
CAR 17
CLE 13
Final
CHI 14
DET 20
Final
TAM 3
GBP 20
Final
PIT 20
KAN 12
Final
MIA 37
MIN 35
Final
NYJ 16
NEP 17
Final
STL 27
NYG 37
Final
OAK 26
BUF 24
Final
DAL 42
IND 7
Final
ARI 6
SEA 35
8:30pm Tonight
CIN
DEN