Akron is still looking for its first win of the season and the first victory in head coach Tom Arth’s tenure with the program. The Zips (0-6, 0-2 MAC) will still have a few winnable games left on their schedule, as Buffalo, Northern Illinois, Bowling Green, Ohio, and Miami (Ohio) all come into the week with a 2-4 overall record. Can the Zips bounce back with their first win at home against Buffalo this weekend?
Buffalo goes for it on 4th and 3 and concerts for the touchdown with Kyle Vantrease finding Dominic Johnson for the 4-yard score! UB leads Ohio 7-0 in the 2nd. pic.twitter.com/YMe3Nj6M9T— BULLetPoints (@bulletpoints716) October 5, 2019
Vantrease finished 16-of-23 for 197 yards and two touchdowns to go along with his rushing score. Not bad for a player making his first start in nearly two years, as Vantrease filled in admirably for regular starter Matt Myers. And not only did Vantrease start at quarterback, but he doubled as team’s punter as well. Sophomore running back Kevin Marks led the team in rushing with a season-high 112 yards, marking his second consecutive 100-yard game and his third of the season. After finishing with 13 rushing touchdowns as a freshman, Marks has been kept out of the end zone this season. He has two touchdowns in five games, but is on pace to eclipse his rushing total from last season (845) after racking up 532 yards in five games.
Vantrease’s performance has left the quarterback situation up in the air ahead of this week’s game at Akron. University of Buffalo head coach Lance Leipold said he hasn’t determined the starting quarterback for Saturday’s game. Myers is expected to return to practice this week, but he hasn’t been officially cleared to play after sustaining an upper-body injury Sept. 28 against Miami (Ohio). To make matters even more complicated, Leipold said Trevor Bycznski, a true freshman, has had the most reps in practice in the last week and a half.
After opening the year with a six-game losing streak, several Akron players have reportedly entered their names in the NCAA’s transfer portal. Yet, head coach Tom Arth was not worried about the departures, preaching patience in his first year with the program.
Akron comes in scoring just 14.3 points and averaging only 307.8 yards of total offense per game this year. They also rank dead-last in the nation in rushing at just 57.5 yards per contest. On defense, they’ve given up 36.0 points and 439.3 yards of total offense, including 200 yards per game on the ground.
- Bulls are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games in October.
- Bulls are 7-2 ATS vs. a team with a losing record.
- Bulls are 9-3 ATS in their last 12 conference games.
- Zips are 2-12 ATS in their last 14 games following a straight up loss.
- Zips are 1-9 ATS in their last 10 games after scoring less than 20 points in their previous game.
- Zips are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games following an ATS loss.