It's Band Day at Rynearson Stadium today. 10 local bands will take part in a special pre-game and halftime show. So you get that entertainment PLUS you get to watch Eastern Michigan take on the Zips of Akron. Akron comes into the game at 3-4 overall and 1-2 in the MAC East. EMU is 2-5 overall and 1-2 in the MAC West.
Akron has a very adept offensive squad which will certainly challenge Eastern's less than stellar defense. Chris Jacquemain runs the show for Akron BUT he'll throw interceptions, oh will he throw interceptions. If Eastern can contain the Akron ground game, maybe get a lead and force Jacquemain to throw, the EMU side will have a much better chance. Eastern's offense had been clicking until last week's effort against Army. Akron will give up points so if EMU can establish a solid running game and work the passing game off of that, again, they'd have an advantage.
The season is growing late and the expected improvement in Jeff Genyk's team has yet to appear. A win against Army sure would have helped. After today EMU has but four games left to really show the program is on the right track. Trouble is 3 of the last 4 games are against teams vying for a MAC West title, and one, Ball State who is ranked in the top 25. Today could (and we think should) be played as Genyk's last stand.
We hope Eastern Michigan is ready to go to the wall to beat Akron. For today we'll trust they are.
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