The Akron Zips started the 2014 season strong, going 4-2. The hot start wouldn’t last as they stumbled to a 5-7 finish which earned them fourth place in the MAC East.
Akron’s head coach is Terry Bowden, son of legendary Florida State coach Bobby Bowden. Terry Bowden claims the record for the best start to a coaching career in college football history, beating out Oklahoma coach Barry Switzer.
Bowden is still tight-lipped about who he will start at quarterback at Owen Field on Saturday. All signs point to experienced Senior Kyle Pohl getting the nod, but the dual-threat Pitt transfer Tra’von Chapman is still apparently in the mix.
The Zips return starting receivers, lineman, and a proven running back in Conner Hundley.
Akron has arguably the best defense in the MAC. Noseguard Cody Grice had 31 tackles, 2.5 sacks and 3 fumble recoveries last season. Bowden is outwardly confident in his players, claiming, “Our front seven can line up most anybody.” It is unclear whether this is motivational coach-speak or if he sincerely believes this.
Though we will have to wait until Saturday to know the truth about the Zips’ defense, there is no question Akron will have their hands full dealing with OU’s athleticism and physicality.