The Panthers had a week one scare versus the FCS' Youngstown State Penguins last Saturday. Pitt would find a way to pull out the 45-37 victory, but things were far too close for many fans. The Panthers struggled to contain the Penguins' rushing attack, giving up 204 yards to YSU on the ground. But quarterback Tino Sunseri finished 19-for-30 for over 200 yards and touchdown, leading the way for the Panthers' offense.
The Zips struggled against a ranked Oklahoma squad last weekend, but Terry Bowden's side had some bright spots. Akron was able to move the ball at times in the first half, and their defense held strong at times, leading Oklahoma to obtain just a 17-3 halftime lead. By the time it all ended, Oklahoma had ran away with the second half and wore down the Zips defense, claiming a 41-3 victory.
This is the fourth ever meeting between the two schools. Akron won the last matchup a year ago, 21-10.
Quick Game Info
Game time, date: Saturday, September 12 at 6:00 p.m. EST
Location: Summa Field at InfoCision Stadium in Akron, Ohio
TV: This game will be on ESPN3
Online streaming: You can catch this game on the WatchESPN app for iOS and Android powered devices. Click here to watch on your computer.
Radio: If in Akron, 1350 WARF-AM has the call. Outside of the Akron area, the game can be heard by clicking here, or on the TuneIn Radio app for iOS and Android.
Odds: Most places have Pitt by 12. For a full list of NCAAF odds, click here.
Players to Watch
Kyle Pohl (QB, Akron)- Pohl is going to need to be better than he was last week in order for the Zips pull off another upset versus the Panthers. He was 6-for-17 a week ago versus the Sooners.
Zach Paul (P, Akron)- Paul was stellar for Akron last week, with his average punt going over 46 yards, and his punting back Oklahoma up in the first half and kept the Zips in it.
Tino Sunseri (QB, Pitt)- Sunseri did what he needed to last week, throwing for 239 yards on 18 completions to help the Panthers hold off Youngstown State.
Mike Shanahan (WR, Pitt)- Shanahan finished with the most yards of any Pitt wide outs last week, and will be looking to the same for his team later today.