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  1. 70 now and partly cloudy, with a 12% chance of rain. Beautiful, and will probably change about 7 more times before Saturday. Scot Loeffler will return to the BUGS sideline after missing last week's game against Mississippi State due to health reasons. Hope everything's ok. This will be my oldest daughter's first University of Akron sporting event. Let's make it a good one!
    4 points
  2. 4 points
  3. https://unitedsoccercoaches.org/rankings/college-rankings/ncaa-di-men/ zips drop from 14 to 15 .....in this week's coaches poll other zip opponents in coaches poll Pitt goes from 10 up to number 8 Ohio State (after tieing Akron and defeating Indiana) jumps from 22 to 13 Indiana drops from 15 to 16. Duquesne has a 6-0-1 record and is tied for 25 in this week's poll FIU and Western Michigan both received votes in this week's poll
    4 points
  4. I would say a few factors off the top of my head unfortunately play into this: 1. Akron football has not been a very good product for a long time. I get ragged on by a few people I know, who are sports fans, for having season tickets to Zips football. However, they have admitted they would probably go to games if the Zips produced good teams, or at least competitive teams. Their losing ways for SO long has turned a lot of people off. If they start winning consistently, I think people would be more interested. 2. Ohio State. I hate to say it, but in Ohio, many children are Ohio State fans and grow up watching them with friends and family. Even if no one in their friends or family ever graduated from Ohio State, people are still bred to watch them. It's easy, they always win, get a lot of coverage, so forth. Kids go to Akron for an education, but many will stay in their dorm or go to a local bar on a Saturday and watch the Buckeyes play on Saturday, even though the Zips have a home game on campus. This is frustrating!! 3. Coverage by local media. It is non-existent and any articles written by ABJ feel forced sometimes. I think the fact that no one, including the local media or university, really even promoted the fact that people could get FREE tickets to the home opener is a sign of how much change needs to happen on that front. I need to get back to work or else I'd go into further detail on these points, but those are just some thoughts off the top of my head. My suggestion: Win, plain and simple. And push local promotion of the team.
    4 points
  5. Highlight of the night was the healthy return of Sammy Tojaga. Hard working young man. Sammy was very good on the 2018 National runner up team Sammy and William Portman will be great leaders for this team over the rest of the year. If the zips can figure out how to defend corner kicks, this could be a very good team. I want to rewatch the key moments of the game......to see the very key no-offside call...and the very key offside call. Ryan Kingsford looked the best that he has all year. Great performance by him (with Shooky out). I agree with what the announcers said that they heard from Coach Embick. they said "Coach Embick said that Mitch Budler has been very good as GK this year. IMHO - Mitch has made some great saves against high powered talented teams
    4 points
  6. Did they not PLAY to win THE GAME??!
    3 points
  7. IMO- offensive linemen need to play on a string. And mixing 5 predominately unfamiliar faces on the line isn’t going to start off well. Removing Gray was a big help, but playing together is the biggest key to the improvement.
    3 points
  8. It's a steal. Packs the long, cold winter with entertainment.
    3 points
  9. Word on the street is - Ravontae's scheduled to see his first Zips action on October 1st vs. BGSU. Long road back to the field for the kid. Hope he can stay healthy. He will be a force if he can avoid the walking boot.
    3 points
  10. "Hey Aaron - I know you're a failed, once-promising NFL prospect. I can't imagine how hard that must have been to deal with as you held a clipboard for millions before being offered hundreds of thousands of dollars to hop in the booth to commentate on your safe space - SEC football. Anyways, the SEC isn't everything, bud. The list of non-SEC QBs, even non-P5 QBs, to have more successful football careers than you and countless other SEC/P5 QBs is too long to list. Just keep that in mind before you continue to unprofessionally clamber for a G5 QB to transfer to your beloved SEC or P5 school. Sincerely, Every Zips Fan That Had to Listen to Your Garbage Commentary on Saturday" z.i.P.S. No I didn't send this - I don't have Twitter. Arth's media sessions were like the current Browns regime. Unwilling to answer anything in detail because they're not smart enough to realize the opponents already know their mistakes due to how simple/basic they are. JoeMo knows he's smarter than 99% of the coaches on the opposing sideline, and isn't afraid to actually answer the media's questions.
    3 points
  11. - Joe continues to hammer home the point we were outmatched or “out gunned” against MSU and Tenn. - Said we left 21 points out there with the missed scoring opportunities and turnovers. - Said Nate Thompson had his best game yet. He was decent in week 1, struggled in week 2, and had his best game in week 3. - Thompson is playing the boundary safety since he’s a larger guy at 6’3” 210 and is needed more for run fits. - Said Whigan has been the most consistent OL. Nate Williams has done a good job at RT. Daniels at LT has helped but he still needs to get stronger. - Blake Hester has done a nice job on special teams. - 3 Running Back rotation with Wiley, Price, Norrils. - Clearly happy with Noah Perez calling him “my guy.” - Mentioned obvious players from last game like Shockey-Louis, Adams, Grimes, Bubba. - Intentionally held off on designed run plays for Irons against Tenn.
    3 points
  12. These are a joy to watch and listen to. I had to stop watching the Arth ones, just awful nothing every week. Joe brings it here discussing playing those kinds of opponents, the QB's role in the run game, and emphatically states that Noah is our kicker. This guy gets it, Akron is on the rise!!!
    3 points
  13. A college football fan can invest his/her entire day (driving there, tailgating, watching the game, driving home), or spend the day watching every game, including the Zips, on a 65" HDTV. A Zips fan can only take so much losing in their lifetime. I would be embarrassed to add up the amount of Zip losses I have witnessed in person, and I'm probably not even in the top 1k. Most Zips fans are Browns fans as well, how many times can that fan watch their team lose on Sat, only to turn around and watch it happen on Sun as well. The Zips\Browns fan is a special kind of person. There should be a local therapy office specializing. Many more reasons, but they are all excuses. Winning solves everything. I'm confident JoMo has the Zips on the right path. Once they become an entertaining team, fans will show up.
    3 points
  14. I just want to know how the announcers got the info on Chong seen above, and about how Embick was "going to try and wait until next week to bring back Sam Tojaga"? Our own broadcast, local media, match interviews, etc. get next to no information on injuries or insight from the team. For example, I haven't heard anything about Will Jackson being out for the past two games
    3 points
  15. I now live about an hour and a half outside of Lynchburg and plan to drive in for this game. Any other Zips fans plan to attend? I brought my daughter to Liberty for a track meet last year and their campus and athletic facilities are out of this world. Beautiful surrounding area too if you're into mountains and hiking. I don't know much about their team other than they finished the year as a top 25 team in 2020 and their QB from last year was drafted in the 3rd round. I did a little research on their fan site. Looks like Charlie Brewer, who was a 4-year starter at Baylor, transferred in and was set to be their starter this year but went out for the season their first series of the season. They're now down to their 3rd string QB, which is the guy that played against Wake, Kaidon Salter, a former 4-star recruit. Looking at their schedule, Southern Miss taking them into OT gives me some hope, but a win over UAB and a stupid coaching decision away from a win over Wake Forest doesn't bode well for our rebuilding Zips. Regardless, I'll be there rocking my blue and gold, so if anyone else is coming down and wants to link up, let me know!
    3 points
  16. I have no problem with penalties as long as there was a penalty. I saw Clemson get flagged for three straight pass interference penalties Saturday. Every one of them was a penalty. What bothers me about college penalties is the amount of time it takes to administer a penalty. Almost as bad as the reviews and college clock rules. As long as we are discussing things that bother me, I can't stand fans who think refs should equal out the number of penalties per team. What if one team just stinks and commits a lot of penalties? Why should the refs have to equal that out?
    2 points
  17. Probably because he did not watch the game.
    2 points
  18. RPI Monday Morning ....September 26 Akron drops to 31...after yesterday's very weak offensive performance Ohio State 17 Duquesne 18 Indiana 20 Penn State 24 Pitt 25 FIU 41 Cleveland St 43 W. Michigan 46 Mich State 86 VCU 111 Wright State 115 BGSU 116 N. Illinois 156 Chicago St 204
    2 points
  19. That late goal in the 1st half has not just happened this year. I clearly remember it happening the past several seasons.
    2 points
  20. If you became a Zips' fan during the Ianello years you are a true hero.
    2 points
  21. QB 1) Irons = 83 (62.5) HB 1) Wiley = 67 (63.6) 2) Price = 12 3) Norrils = 3 4) Latimer = 2 WR 1) SJL = 62 (58.1) 2) Williams = 8 WR 1) George = 80 (66.8) 2) Anderson = 2 WR 1) Adams = 76 (58.8) 2) Grimes = 4 3) Naim = 14 TE 1) Banks = 46 (57.6) 2) Branks = 39 LT 1) Daniels = 82 (63.3) 2) Landers = 1 LG 1) Banes = 83 (49.4) C 1) Georges = 83 (57.1) RG 1) Whigan = 77 (55.3) 2) Kilbane = 6 RT 1) Williams = 83 (65.0) Notes: - Georges and Robarge split snaps the first 3 games, but this game Geoges took all the snaps at Center. - Latimer and Landers saw their first action on offense this season.
    2 points
  22. A split season just about like everyone else does with the NCAAs starting in late April/first of May. Play the non conference games in the fall and conference games and NCAA tournament in the Spring. It would mimic what almost all pro leagues do. By doing this it would also cut down playing 2 games a week to one game a week for the most part. Which gives the player more time to rest and recover and less injuries hopefully. The NCAA was supposed to vote on this in the 2020 soccer meetings and then the pandemic happened. Why it hasn't been put back on the docket is beyond me. I know Coach Grassie at Marshall not only supports it but ever since he has been at Marshall has advocated for it. He also has said most of the coaches he knows on a daily or weekly basis supports the split season.
    2 points
  23. Probably tough when everyone else is letting him down blocking or catching. Talking about bad leadership based on split second clips we see on TV is speculation unless there is a connection with the team. Piling on DJ, who may be our best player, seems misplaced.
    2 points
  24. The Zips didn’t win but anyone that has been watching this team each week can see the progress they are making. Yes I wish the dropped passes would’ve been caught and some of the missed tackles were made. This “team” is getting better and the building will continue.
    2 points
  25. I think that Akron defense has made some nice open field tackles all game.
    2 points
  26. IDK if its because we are playing a better opponent or not, but this is a really good announcing crew for a ESPN+ game. Also, Kamarii Landers (true freshman), got man handled on that sack.
    2 points
  27. At the game. Have seen only one Zips fan but see a small contingent way up on the corner.
    2 points
  28. Congratulations to the Columbus Crew 2 for finishing the inaugural (2022) season in first place overall (https://www.mlsnextpro.com/standings/2022/overall#season=2022&live=false) as well as the Eastern Conference (https://www.mlsnextpro.com/standings/2022/conference#season=2022&live=true) in part due to the outstanding play of Zips alum, Crew2 Captain midfielder Marco Micaletto and defenders Abdi Mohamed and Daniel Strachan as well as Zips 2023 recruit Caleb Borneo. The first round of the MLS NEXT Pro Playoffs, the Conference Semifinals, will take place Saturday, September 24, and Sunday, September 25, at the home of the two higher-seeded teams in each conference. https://www.mlsnextpro.com/news/first-round-schedule-set-for-2022-mls-next-pro-playoffs Saturday, September 24 Columbus Crew 2 (1) vs. Rochester New York FC (4) – Historic Crew Stadium (3:00 p.m. ET)
    2 points
  29. Georgia's closest game all year might be PCCC.
    2 points
  30. Book it. January 1st can't come soon enough. It will be fun to start throwing down a few bucks here and there on the Zips.
    2 points
  31. Open playbook + Liberty injuries + Liberty overlooking us = Zips win. LET'S GO ZIPS! BEAT LAST CHANCE U EAST CAMPUS!
    2 points
  32. We can win this game tomorrow. With Liberty's injuries, the Zips can win the game if they don't shoot themselves in the foot like they have done every game so far this season. I'm keeping positive. Unlike last week, I'm amped for this game!
    2 points
  33. Winter is tracked based on Akron basketball. Once the MAC season rolls around, we know we're halfway through the 💩 weather.
    2 points
  34. Do yourselves a favor....go to GoZips.com and click on the Menu tab, and pick "staff directory". Go down to "Communications and Marketing". Three people total. And rumor has it one of those three is not actually working, just sitting home collecting a check due to being let go. Go to a D2 college website and check out their Comm and Marketing staffs. Guaranteed triple that number. Or go look at any MAC school's staff, at least 8 to 10 admins, plus Grad students. Then, throw in the fact that new management at the U decided to not use PEG to produce and manage football "game day experience", you will see why there will not be "creative things to do" during the agreed-terribly long time out breaks....New Admin has been hitting home runs with coaching hires, but losing the game admininstratively, IMHO.
    2 points
  35. QB 1) Irons = 72 (76.7) 2) Undercuffler = 3 HB 1) Wiley = 45 (58.7) 2) Price = 15 3) Norrils = 15 WR 1) SJL = 60 (69.6) 2) A. Williams = 9 3) Naim = 3 WR 1) Grimes = 37 (70.8) 2) Adams = 36 3) Golden = 3 WR 1) George = 66 (53.2) 2) Anderson = 9 TE 1) Banks = 29 (54.1) 2) Brank = 32 3) Clark = 16 LT 1) Daniels = 75 (77.3) LG 1) Banes = 75 (65.0) C 1) Robarge = 45 (60.4) 2) Georges = 30 RG 1) Whigan = 75 (50.7) RT 1) N. Williams = 72 (53.0) 2) Chambers = 3 Notable ST: Naim = 23 Thomas = 21 Price = 21 Hester = 19 Durant = 19
    2 points
  36. Penn State at 33 and Duquesne at !9 . Next 2 games are huge. Zips must get a W in both games. Cleveland State will also pose a good non league test. Cleveland State battled Ohio State to a 0-0 tie last night at Krenzler field. Sinisa has a done a great job at CSU.
    2 points
  37. A little late posting this… DE 1) Jones = 53 (66.9) 2) Thomas = 19 DT 1) Harper = 50 (61.5) 2) Sy = 11 3) Robinson = 18 DT 1) Hawkins = 30 (68.4) 2) Wilson = 25 3) Thomas = 20 DE 1) Johnson = 38 (55.6) 2) Morton = 42 LB 1) Arslanian = 47 (55.7) 2) Behm= 33 LB 1) Boateng = 14 (56.5) 2) Fish = 27 3) McCoy = 23 4) DiLauro = 10 Nickel 1) Lewis = 44 (46.1) 2) Hence = 31 CB 1) Hooks = 34 (40.6) 2) Golden-Nelson = 27 FS 1) Martin = 62 (54.6) 2) Woods = 18 SS 1) Thompson = 43 (84.4) 2) JKP = 29 CB 1) Durant = 67 (58.0) 2) Threatt = 26
    2 points
  38. The interior of our DL has progressed each game. Harper and Wilson are playing well, while Hawkins, Sy, and Thomas have had their moments. If Robinson can continue to develop along with the addition of Holt, we should have a really solid interior DL corps.
    2 points
  39. Home wins at Infocision: 2009 - 3 (Morgan State, Kent State, Eastern Michigan) 2010 - 1 (Buffalo) 2011 - 1 (VMI) 2012 - 1 (Morgan State) 2013 - 3 (James Madison, Kent State, Toledo) 2014 - 4 (Howard, Eastern Michigan, Miami, UMass) 2015 - 3 (Savannah State, Buffalo, Kent State) 2016 - 2 (VMI, Miami) 2017 - 5 (Ark-Pine Bluff, Ball State, Buffalo, Ohio, Kent State) 2018 - 2 (Morgan State, Central Michigan) 2019 - Nope 2020 - 1 (Bowling Green) 2021 - 1 (Bryant) 2022 - 1 so far (St. Francis) So, 28. They're over 25!! Woohoo! 17 if you only count FBS teams, though.
    2 points
  40. I think a lot of people feel if InfoCision doesn't sell out @ 30,000 butts in seats, it's a failure. That's not true. It should be filled near 30k for a big game, where a "big game" equals - A well-promoted season opener, in a season where the Zips have realistic MAC championship aspirations Kent game, in a year where the Zips have realistic MAC championship aspirations P5 team, when the Zips have realistic MAC championship aspirations Championship-caliber opponent @ InfoCision, in a season where the Zips are also contending for the championship If the Zips aren't championship contenders, all bets are off. Even in a championship-level season, if a mediocre-to-bad Ball State or NIU team visits Akron, no one cares, and you can only expect a mediocre crowd. I feel when the Zips are winning 9...10...11 games in a season, which top-tier MAC programs have proven is possible, and where Joe and Co. are capable of taking the Zips, that averaging a 2/3rd's full InfoCision over the couse of a season is a realistic goal. And that would eliminate the need to travel for payday bludgeoning's like the last two week's, because we'd be making money at home. And winning.
    2 points
  41. The person covering the Zips for the Beacon didn’t even know that Tennessee beat Pittsburgh. That person is incapable of providing competent coverage even if the paper decided to support the home town team.
    2 points
  42. My advice about attendance for fans is....stop worrying about it. I love college football and enjoy going to games. In addition, I don't care if there is anyone else at the game other than Mrs. GP1, the luckiest woman in the world. Big crowds create inconveniences for me (lines and traffic) I would prefer to not deal with. My ideal Wake game would be as follows. I have a parking spot right next to the stadium to tailgate. Once in the stadium, all bathrooms and concession stand would be open. The people required to run the game would be there including the scoreboard operator. Cheerleaders and band would be there. Ideally my wife and I would be the only two in attendance. I've gotten to the age where I really don't care for large crowds and find the experience of them overrated.
    2 points
  43. It's really sad that the local media doesn't support (or at least cover) the home town team, inexcusable.
    2 points
  44. GOOOOOOAALL!!! 2-0
    2 points
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