Preview: Akron Zips vs. Kent State Golden Flashes

By Joseph Lisi
Rich Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

The Akron Zips have an opportunity to pick up another conference win when their rival, the Kent State Golden Flashes, head to InfoCision Stadium on Saturday. Both teams will be battling for the Wagon Wheel Trophy in a series that has taken place since 1923. Akron leads the series with a 30-23-2 mark and Kent State has won three straight games since 2010.

Saturday’s game should be an interesting matchup between two contrasting styles of offenses. Akron prefers an up-tempo attack that is predicated on the passing game. Kent State favors a methodical ball-control rushing attack that looks to wear down opposing defensive fronts.

Akron is averaging 226.1 passing yards per game and is averaging 120 rushing yards per game. The Zips are 109th in scoring offense averaging 20.1 points per game. Kent State is averaging 19.3 points per game and is ranked 113th in the nation in scoring offense.

The Golden Flashes are ranked 78th in the country in rushing offense averaging 157.2 yards per game. Kent State struggled early in the season throwing the football and is ranked 100th in the nation in passing offense averaging 192 yards per game.

Defensively, both teams have surrendered a lot of points this season. Akron has yielded 32.7 points per game and Kent State has allowed 32.0 points per game. The Zips are allowing 156.1 rushing yards per game and are allowing 260.9 passing yards per game. The Golden Flashes are allowing 225.7 rushing yards per game and are allowing 244.8 passing yards per game.

The Zips defensive front has been very impressive in 2013. Through nine games, the team has been able to generate 24 sacks (2.66 sacks per game).

The outcome could come down to the team that can create the most turnovers on Saturday. The Zips are -5 in turnover margin and the Golden Flashes are -2.

Game time is set for 3:30 p.m. at Akron.

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