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Howard vs Akron Preview

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The Akron Zips play host to the Howard University Bison for their opening game, and expectations are high. Although Akron is coming off a five win season, many of their starters on both offense and defense are returning for the 2014 season. The Zips came up just a few yards short in one of their early games versus powerhouse Michigan, but they ended the season on a three-game winning streak. Terry Bowden (Yes, of the Bowden’s you’re thinking of) nearly doubled the amount of points they scored per game in his first season using a versatile air-attack. Hopefully the Zips will be bowling come December.

 

Howard @ Akron

 

Keys for the Howard University Bison:

  • Quarterback Greg McGhee, the reigning Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) player of the year 2013, passed for over 2,300 yards and rushed for almost 900 in 2013. If the Bison are going to get on the path to winning then McGhee is going to have to pave the way for the rest of the team.
  • Senior Safety Cameron Alston led the team in tackles last season, as well as picking off a few interceptions and a fumble recovery. The Bison defense can rally around their tackle leader in order to boost morale, which will hopefully spill over to the offensive side.

 

Keys for the Akron Zips:

  • Starting QB Kyle Pohl didn’t necessarily struggle last season, but with only 14 touchdown passes in a pass-style offense, he didn’t shine either. If Kyle can find his game there are plenty of other offensive threats he can get the ball to.
  • Running back Jawon Chisholm is an explosive asset in the backfield. With close to 1000 yards rushing and 8 touchdowns, Chisholm looks to add to his numbers with a year of experience under his belt.

 

 

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–Favorite/Odds: Akron by 14 points.

 

–This matchup will be the proving ground for both of these teams. If Akron can regain the form they had at the end of the 2013 season they will be looking for a bowl bid. However if Howard wins it could signal the start of a promotion from the FCS to the FBS.

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