Eastern Michigan looks to take the Ohio Turnpike over to Akron where they they will face off against the Akron Zips. The Eagles are currently 4-5 overall with a 1-4 record in the MAC. The Zips are currently 0-9 and hold a 0-4 record in the MAC. In order for Eastern Michigan to go bowling, they will have to win the rest of their games this season. Looking over the records for both teams, this looks like it should end with an Eagles victory.
When the Zips have the ball, their offense is led by Kato Nelson who is 106 for 184 for 210 yards per game. He has thrown 3 picks. He stands behind a line that has given up 26 sacks. Overall, Akron averages about 58 yards per game on the ground and the bulk of those yards come from Kato Nelson. He is assisted by Deltron Sands with an impressive 15 yards per game and Brandon Lee with 14 yards per game. There is a slew of other runners behind that trio. The stand out receiver is Nate Stewart with 65 yards per game.
The Zips face a defense that is led by Turan Rush and Brody Hoying. Rush has five sacks so far in the season and Hoying has four tackles for loss. He also has a fumble recovery and interception. Overall, the Eastern Michigan defense has sacked their opponents’ quarterbacks 14 times. They have gotten 7 interceptions and 7 fumble recoveries. The run defense has been spotty this year but maybe they’ll find their grove in the home of Goodyear.
When Eastern Michigan has the ball, expect Mike Glass III to lead their offense. He is currently 169/265 in passing with an average of 249 yards per game. Three of his receivers Mathew Sexton, Quian Williams and Arthur Jackson III have over 45 yards per game. Each of those receivers has four touchdowns. The run game still averages under 100 yards per game with the bulk of that being taken by Shaq Vann who gets 58 yards per game. I expect to see good things from him against a defense which has averaged giving up 200 yards per game.
Speaking of that defense, they have five interceptions, one fumble recovery and four sacks all year. They have given up 36 points per game this year.
So what does all of this mean? I think it means that Eastern Michigan can put their loss gainst Buffalo behind them and tune up on some Zips.