2018 Football Preview – MAC – Zips
Looking for 2018 Akron Zips predictions? The Zips season was a bit odd last year. Statistically they were one of the worst teams in college football, all over the field. It looked like a team that maybe should have finished with two wins, but somehow it finished with seven and the MAC East title.
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2018-18 College Football Preview – Akron Zips
Head Coach: Terry Bowden
2017 Record: 7-7
Akron Zips Odds to win the 2018 FBS Championship: +50000
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Where those wins a fluke last year? Or will this year be a big step forward?
2018 Akron Zips Predictions: Team Strengths
Strong under center : The offense is set to be pretty good this year, and it all starts under center with Kato Nelson.
The Sophomore quarterback is back for another run as the starting quarterback, and he was good as a freshman last year.
Last year he passed for 989 yards and eight touchdowns and two interceptions. Although those aren’t flashy numbers by any means, he was only a freshman and he got the job done.
This year he should be able to take another step forward and the pressure is going to be on. I would look for him to be able to handle the pressure this year.
Veterans up front: The run defense wasn’t great last year, but they have three of the four starters back on the defensive line, and that consistency should help.
It’s not going to be the best in the league, but I would expect it to be really a lot better than what last years was.
2018 Akron Zips Predictions: Team Weaknesses
Running the Ball: As good as the passing game was last year, the rushing game was that bad and even worse.
They didn’t once run over 180 yards against any FBS team, and they really only had one game all year where they could even run the ball.
If the Zips want to improve this year, they need to find a way to run the ball. If they can’t run the ball this year, it’s going to be tough for the offense to take that big of step forward, no matter how good they throw the ball.
Get off the Field: The defense could not get off the field, and gave up the most first downs in the FBS.
The defense needs to start making stops this year, or the defensive struggles will be back this year.
Akron Zips Deacons Prediction: 7-5
The Zips didn’t do many favors for themselves in the non-conference play, but I think they should still be good during conference play.
I think they will finish with right around seven or eight wins, but once again will compete for a MAC Title. I also think the stats for this team will look a lot better this year.
2018 Akron Zips Schedule
- Sept. 1 at Nebraska
- Sept. 8 Morgan State
- Sept. 15 at Northwestern
- Sept. 22 at Iowa State
- Sept. 29 OPEN DATE
- Oct. 6 Miami Univ.
- Oct. 13 at Buffalo
- Oct. 20 at Kent State
- Oct. 27 Central Michigan
- Nov. 1 Northern Illinois
- Nov. 10 at Eastern Michigan
- Nov. 17 Bowling Green
- Nov. 23 at Ohio
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