Akron's offense, abysmal in their last two outings, will need to be much more productive if the Zips want to win in a hostile, road environment. In order to be better, Akron will need the best from their junior quarterback Kyle Pohl. In a 48-17 loss to the Herd a week ago, Pohl only went 17-for-37 for 151 yards and two interceptions.
Because of their struggles throwing the ball, Akron will need the running game to step up in a much bigger way then it did last week.The Zips ran the football just 23 times for only 93 yards, having a to pass a lot more because of the lopsided score line. Manny Morgan had the most carries for Akron, with 8 of them totaling just 36 yards on the ground while also adding a touchdown. Four players touched the ball in the ground game for Marshall last week, totaling over 280 yards running the ball. Rakeem Cato also added 210 through the air, showing that the Zip defense has a lot to do to come out with a win.
Pitt is coming off of a 24-20 loss at home to the B1G's Iowa Hawkeyes. It was the Panthers' first loss of the young season, as they struggled to deal with Iowa's backup quarterback in the second half. Pitt QB Chad Voytik threw the ball 29 times in the loss, completing 19 of them for 250 yards and a INT. Pittsburgh also gave 29 touches to running back James Conner, who totaled 155 yards and a touchdown in the loss. Pitt will looking to finish this game strong, as they led 17-7 over Iowa at halftime, before letting the Hawkeyes out score them 17-3 in the second half 'en route to the Iowa victory.
This will be the third meeting between the two schools, and the first since 1998, when Pitt handled Akron 35-0 on the western side of Pennsylvania. The Zips have yet to score a single point on Pitt in their two all-time meetings, losing their other one 17-0 back in 1900.
Here is how you can see the action at Heinz Field unfold.
WHEN: September 27, 2014 at 1:30 p.m.
WHERE: Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
STREAMING: The game will be available to watch on the WatchESPN app. WatchESPN is available on the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store for iOS and Android devices.
RADIO: Akron fans can hear the action on the Akron IMG Sports Network and can listen online here