The Central Michigan Chippewas will host the Akron Zips in a MAC clash Saturday afternoon from Kelly/Shorts Stadium in Mount Pleasant, MI. The Zips fell 31-20 at home to UAB in their previous action, and the Chippewas were crushed 61-0 at Wisconsin in their week two clash. Akron registered a 17-10 home win against Central Michigan last season.
Zips Offense Struggles in 0-2 Start
The Akron Zips are searching for their first win after two tough games to open the season. They kicked off their season with a rough 42-3 road loss to Illinois in a game they were heavy underdogs, followed by a 31-20 home loss to UAB last week. They will be glad to see an easier opponent in Central Michigan this week. Zips’ QB Kato Nelson did nothing against Illinois, although he rebounded by accumulating 359 passing yards with two TD’s last week. The junior QB tallied a solid 15:8 TD to INT ratio in 2018. The Zips’ leading rusher is Deltron Sands with only 56 rushing yards. The senior was able to rush for 47 yards against Illinois in week one.
Watch for junior WR Dustin Burkhart in this one as he came out of nowhere with 217 receiving yards in the loss to UAB after not making a catch against Illinois. Nate Stewart should be noticeable after making nine grabs for 107 receiving yards in two games. The Zips offense was much better in week two and it will be interesting to see how they fare against a Chippewas team they only scored 17 points against in last year’s meeting.
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The Akron defense has been a problem early. Both their pass and rush defense have been leaky. They were in the middle of the pack last year, and they should fare better against their MAC opponents after having issues against their first two opponents.
Akron is scoring an average of 11.5 points in two games this season. They have allowed a total of 73 points in two games.
Chippewas Routed by Wisconsin, Dormady Injured
The Central Michigan Chippewas are glad to have their game against Wisconsin out of the way. They were demolished 61-0 in Madison last week, and now open conference play against an opponent closer to their level. QB Quinten Dormady exited early due to an ankle injury. The 6-foot-5 senior QB started his collegiate career with the Texas Longhorns, followed by a year in Houston in 2018, although he did not see any significant action with either team. Dormady did not practice on Tuesday, and he is listed as questionable for this one. QB David Moore saw first-team reps in Tuesday’s practice, and he will likely start this one if Dormady doesn’t play. Moore saw minimal action with the Memphis Tigers of the AAC in 2017.
Look out for Jonathan Ward in this one. The senior RB has rushed for 158 yards in week one and he is a big threat as evidenced by his 1017 rushing yards in 2017. Ward only managed three rushing yards against Wisconsin. The Chippewas also feature Romello Ross who led his team with 402 rushing yards last year.
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— CMU Football (@CMU_Football) September 8, 2019
Tyrone Scott leads CMU with 93 receiving yards through two games after making just one catch in all of last year. The Chippewas receiving core is not a strength. CMU was one of the lowest-scoring teams in the country last year, although they should improve led by their new QB’s in Dormady and Moore.
The Central Michigan defense had no chance against Wisconsin last week, but they should make things difficult for a subpar Akron offense. The Chippewas were outstanding against the pass in 2018, although they struggled against the run. They have fared well defending the run in two games this season, holding their opponents to an average of 122 rushing yards.
CMU has averaged 19 points in two games. They have allowed an average of 41 points in their two contests.
The Akron Zips are:
- 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games overall.
- 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games following a straight-up loss.
- 2-6 ATS in their last 8 conference games.
The Central Michigan Chippewas are:
- 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games against Akron.
- 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games after scoring less than 20 points in their previous game.
- the home team is 5-1-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings between Akron and Central Michigan.