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  1. Early season nominee for the dumbest post of the year.
    9 points
  2. Bubba's father tweeting about Bubba coming back for one final year w/ the Zips
    6 points
  3. 247 isn't doing so hot...
    6 points
  4. Happy Season Finale day! I cannot say enough how much I’ve enjoyed watching this team play. As frustrating as the results have been most weeks, they’ve looked like a real football team in every single game and I am once again proud to be an Akron Zip. The future has never been brighter! BEAT BUFFALO!!!!
    6 points
  5. Disappointing way to lose, but the future is insanely bright. Hope the rest of the MAC enjoyed their wins this year. Won’t be the same story in 2023 with another influx of talent.
    5 points
  6. I have a bad feeling about this one.
    5 points
  7. Official timeout because a kid in a floor seat spilled his popcorn on the floor.
    4 points
  8. I hope Kobe & Nate & especially Sammy & Hankerson get a ton of pt today & shoot, shoot, shoot. We need Sammy & Hank to start hitting.
    4 points
  9. Hey, I didn't say "Earl Morrall"!
    4 points
  10. Yep, damn shame they built around a kid who worked himself into being an All-MAC player.
    4 points
  11. Edge/OLB Sebastian Benjamin of St. Francis has been offered. Zips fans may recall #9 giving us all kinds of issues in Game 1. As a reminder, he collected 3 sacks that game.
    4 points
  12. Makes you all the more thankful we've got Coach JoeMo at the helm!
    3 points
  13. Below are the conference only stats for 2022 vs 2021. There were some major improvements in some areas and still work to be done in others. Points Per Game Offense: 2022 = 26.6 2021 = 21.1 Points Per Game Defense: 2022 = 30.4 2021 = 35.3 Offensive Yards Per Game 2022 = 408.1 2021 = 345.0 Defensive Yards Per Game 2022 = 367.5 2021 = 459.1 Offensive Rushing Yards Per Game 2022 = 108.5 2021 = 115.9 Defensive Rushing Yards Per Game 2022 = 138.1 2021 = 278.1 Offensive Passing Yards Per Game 2022 = 299.6 (1st in MAC) 2021 = 229.1 Defensive Passing Yards Per Game 2022 = 229.4 2021 = 181.0 (1st in MAC) Offensive Efficiency 2022 = 132.2 2021 = 149.7 Defensive Efficiency 2022 = 141.1 2021 = 149.5 Sacks Against 2022 = 36 2021 = 37 Sacks By 2022 = 13 2021 = 9 Interceptions 2022 = 5 2021 = 5 Red Zone Offense 2022 = 87.5% 2021 = 70% Red Zone Defense 2022 = 81.3% 2021 = 90.9%
    3 points
  14. I went back to 2004 to take a look at kind of a goofy-but-telling stat I've had in mind as the season went on. How much greater was the Zips' biggest loss compared to their biggest win in the MAC schedule? In just three seasons since 2004, the largest margin of victory was greater than the largest margin of defeat. In 2005, the Zips beat Kent by 32, lost to Miami by 28. In 2017, the Zips beat Ball State by 28, lost to Toledo by 27 (though I would argue the MACC was a bigger butt-kicking). In 2022, the Zips beat NIU by 32, lost to OU by 21. 2022 was also the first time since 2004 that a first-year head coach won at least two games, as Bobby I, Terry, and Arth combined to go 2-34. Other numbers, notes, and observations: In MAC play, the 2022 team scored 82 more points than the 2018 team, while giving up just 12 more In MAC play, the average scoring margin of the 2022 team was -3.75. In 2018 it was -12.5 The 2021 MAC Champion, NIU, went 6-2 in MAC play with a -1 scoring margin DJ Irons finished 5th in QB efficiency and 5th in total passing yards, playing in only 6 MAC games. The TD numbers weren't there, but Akron did finish tied for 4th in rushing TDs in MAC play, despite the lowest rushing totals in the league. The Zips scored 26 TDs in MAC play. The defense gave up 26 TDs in MAC play. Zips finish 4th in MAC rushing defense, allowing 3.8 YPC and 138.1 YPG Despite having the no. 1 passing attack in the league, the pass defense never really came along. They come in 9th in the MAC, and only intercepted 5 passes in MAC play. Unfortunately, Durant's final pick should have been a game-winner, but... Special teams cost the Zips at least one more win on the schedule (BG), and the numbers back it up. They only averaged 34 net punting yards all year. Zip kickers were 8-12 on the year. Definitely need improvement in these areas next year. The Zips allowed 36 sacks in MAC play, while only coming up with 13 of their own. That contributed greatly to the field position deficit throughout the year The defense was the best in the MAC at getting off the field on 3rd down, allowing just a 30% conversion rate. Conversely, they were 10th on 4th down conversions, with Friday's game-winner being the most egregious Zips finished 4th in red zone conversions, scoring points 28 times in 32 trips. They were 8-8 on field goals from the red zone. 20 touchdowns was definitely not enough though.
    3 points
  15. The first official NET rankings are out. For those not aware this is the metric the NCAA created to replace RPI for the purpose of evaluating resumes and to help seed teams. This is how the MAC currently stands. 1) Kent St. - 24 2) Akron - 137 3) Toledo - 156 4) Ball St - 165 5) Ohio - 182 6) Buffalo - 185 7) CMU - 220 '8) NIU - 287 9) BGSU - 295 10) EMU - 325 11) Miami - 329 12) WMU - 338
    3 points
  16. Would be sweet if we got our Shedeur Sanders with him. A QB clearly at a level higher than we'd typically get, but wants to play for his dad.
    3 points
  17. You have to admit, this game was a perfect summary of the season. We played teams a lot closer than the last few years but always seemed to fumble a win.
    3 points
  18. With all the mistakes Buffalo is making, this is like watching Akron this year play Akron last year.
    3 points
  19. I'm so jazzed up for the game today. I have on all Akron gear at work today. The guys in the shop are going to have the radio dialed in while I'm going to watch it from my office. I'm all in so I need the Zips to come up big today. ... or I'm going to have to sneak out the back door when I leave.
    3 points
  20. Seriously? One poor game? Guy was the MAC defensive player of the year last. And second leader scorer on the team. Don't think he lost his touch over one game. Sheesh.
    3 points
  21. If Taylor ever has a son and doesn't call him Opie it will be a great travesty.
    3 points
  22. My guess (and it is speculation) is that the MAC wants to get the game over with ASAP in the event that Buffalo wins and becomes bowl eligible. Bowl games participants have started to be named, and the MAC wants to ensure that Buffalo is not left behind if they become bowl eligible. I believe that the MAC has affiliations with 6 bowls, and as of now, there are only 5 bowl eligible teams in the MAC. A Buffalo win will get the number to 6. catdaddyp please comment if I am off base.
    3 points
  23. Colorado should be an elite football school. The opportunity to go to school & play football in the Rocky Mountains should be a dream. I'm a beach guy. Love the beach. But I've never been literally awestruck by the landscape like I was when visiting the Rocky Mountains.
    2 points
  24. The Portal opens in about 12 hours
    2 points
  25. Big East, baby! 🙌💪💪
    2 points
  26. Average PPG differential in MAC play: -3.75. A field goal. The 2021 Northern Illinois Huskies were MAC champions by winning closely nearly every week in MAC play. The 2022 Akron Zips finish dead last, losing 5 of 7 MAC games by a touchdown or less. A game of inches, and the Zips are closer than college football thinks. I’d expect the o/u on 2023 wins set by sports books will be in the 4-5 range. Bet the farm on the over.
    2 points
  27. I can confidently say that the program is in better condition on December 2, 2022 than it was on December 2, 2021. I'd have liked to have seen more wins but in the final analysis I am pleased with the direction of the team and this coaching staff.
    2 points
  28. Actually they're State University of New York at Buffalo. It should be SUNY at Amherst
    2 points
  29. Btw, I was out of “Likes” hours ago, fellas. So keep the good commentary coming. It’s appreciated!
    2 points
  30. 2 points
  31. Crazy how far the safeties have come. Coach Renna needs a pay raise.
    2 points
  32. Thanks! I need the dialogue on this one; it's like sitting on a psychiatrists couch. Lol. I just wish there was more information coming at us about this one. Anything. Bread crumbs. It's confusing and there has been zero smoke or word on the street about why Akron didn't offer him a scholarship opportunity. Neither did Kent State. I wish there was just something out there as to why, other than just Zero Dark Thirty silence on the subject. It's aggravating to those of us who love to follow both Zips recruiting and local recruiting, and then to have radio silence on the subject when it seems obvious that the Vin Diagram circles are overlapping. 😂
    2 points
  33. I believe it goes by Academic Progress Rate, but I’m not sure what all goes into that formula. My understanding is that 3 bowl games were still open. NMSU was granted one. Rice has the top Academic Progress rate of the 5 win teams so they also get one. Now it’s down to either Buffalo with a win or UNLV with a Buffalo loss. Assuming all the eligible teams actually accept the bowl invites. If not, then more 5 win teams will be extended invitations.
    2 points
  34. According to an article from yesterday: Wasel's passing stats going into the championship game are "3,040 yards, 36 touchdowns and four interceptions on 169-of-236 passing."
    2 points
  35. As I have mentioned before, I think Enrique and X are struggling at times in part because all of their opponents are now well aware that they are the two primary scoring options and best offensive players on the Zips. Until some others step up they will continue to see pressure and double teams.
    2 points
  36. Good wishes to Joao Moutinho. Classy Mesage to Orlando fans https://www.themaneland.com/2022/11/30/23486692/defender-joao-moutinho-bids-orlando-city-farewell-in-social-media-post
    2 points
  37. Our run was similar to that of Pitt thus far. Won 1st round game. Defeated #16 seed Syracuse then #1 seed Wake Forest. However, Zips had to travel to Stanford whereas Pitt will host their Elite 8 match.
    2 points
  38. Benevolent announcers made this drubbing as watchable as was possible.
    2 points
  39. DeAndre Yedlin - class act as always. So proud of him representing U of A.
    2 points
  40. 2 points
  41. A few takeaways: - Sounds like the OL is now settled into a rotation of Landers at LT, Whigan at RG, Williams at RT. Georges, Robarge, and Kilbane splitting time at LG and C. JoeMo said Georges, Robarge, and Kilbane came in as walk-ons but did not say if they are all currently on scholarship. He didn’t mention it but Chambers has also seen some time at LT, giving Landers a break for a series or two. - Hawkins saw time in the heavy D packages at NT and held his ground. - Corey Thomas is now officially a DB, playing mostly Nickel but considered a Safety. - Terry has played his best football the past two games. - I don’t remember his exact verbiage, but he said something along the lines of Kellom probably has a little more shiftiness and burst to him than Wiley and Price, but needs to add on more weight. - JoeMo was happy with the rotation at Linebacker, but don’t have the bodies for the same kind of rotation along the defensive line or secondary. (My words here and not his) Its concerning that some of the young guys like Fann and Lawson still haven’t developed enough to give us anything. - Looking forward to the matchup with Buffalo.
    2 points
  42. BG lost to some school named “Queen” tonight. Does not appear BG will be 2023 MAC champions, my friends. They don’t even seem to be fighting, to the end.
    2 points
  43. If Tavari is starting with X at the 2, I'd be shocked.
    2 points
  44. Wouldn’t be surprised. He’s a player JoeMo recruited out of high school. Also expect the staff to at least reach out to Oregon 4 star WR Dont’e Thornton.
    2 points
  45. If you click on year by year records, Maryland was seeded 11 when they won NCAA in 2018 https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maryland_Terrapins_men's_soccer
    2 points
  46. Game will be on CBS Sports network. Not sure why its scheduled for 1:00.
    2 points
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