It’s a Sun Belt/MACtion matchup that has big implications for the Akron Zips today, as head coach Terry Bowden travels back to Alabama for the first time since he left to square off with the Troy Trojans. Aside from the homecoming, it’s a chance for the Zips to prove that the hype spent on them as a darkhorse MAC contender was not for naught this offseason.
2017 has seen Akron beat up on FCS Arkansas Pine-Bluff and get thrashed by Penn State and Iowa State, creating serious questions about just what kind of team Akron has as ‘17 unfurls. This is one of those games that fans, staff, and players need to prove themselves against if Akron is to be a serious contender to make it to Detroit.
Troy is a talented team and a two touchdown favorite, so for the Zips to make this Bowden homecoming a successful one they have to play perhaps their best game of the season. Do that and get a victory and it’s a potential springboard to a MAC East run. A loss and it’s hard to see Akron being a serious contender for the conference.
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Kickoff time: 6:00PM
Stream: WatchESPN app, pending cable provider
Weather: Partly sunny, 80°
Line: Troy -15.5
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