Welcome to the Winless Watch, where just one team is left looking for that first win of the season.
Akron (0-10). Streak: L 10. The Zips come off their bye week to host one of the most improved teams in the country in Miami (Ohio) in a nationally televised game tonight. The RedHawks have won three straight on the road, and Akron will have its hands full trying to stop receivers Nick Harwell and Armand Robinson, along with Thomas Merriweather. Miami quarterback Zac Dysert is a game-time decision with bruised ribs. Coach Rob Ianello said it was good for his team to have a mini break headed into this game.
“We are now a little fresher, I feel, since we had some extra time to get injuries healed up and we are looking forward to playing,” he said.
Akron is coming off a tough 37-30 double overtime loss to Ball State, but is hoping to build on some performances. Quarterback Patrick Nicely threw four touchdown passes (plus three interceptions), and Alex Allen had a season-high 165 yards rushing, his first 100-yard game of the season against an FBS opponent.
If Akron loses, the Zips have a winnable game to close the season at home Nov. 26 against Buffalo (2-8), which just lost starting quarterback Alex Zordich for the season.