WHAT WE KNOW
Massfacts: Massachusetts State is HOT HOT HOT, winning three of their last four games, all by multiple scorooooooohhhhhh my god Blake Frohnapfel might not play.
Froh has been the on-field fire under this team’s ass all season, acting as both emotional and vocal leader (from the perspective of someone who watches from the sidelines and on a field of LCDs). He has been one of the best quarterbacks in the nation, and is currently leading the most devastating aerial attack in team history. The potential of not having him at the team’s disposal is pretty depressing, if only because I want as many Frohnapfel games as possible in the two years we are lucky enough to have him around.
Behind Froh sits redshirt freshman Austin Whipple, who has seen limited action in a few games that either got out of hand or saw Frosted Blakes get banged up. We haven’t really seen Whipple throw the ball (has he attempted a pass? I haven’t found evidence of it, though I am pretty sure I saw at least one throw when he was in last week), so who knows how this will play out. What we do know if the running game has been looking pretty good not great, but has come through when it mattered. Let’s cross our fingers in hopes that continues.
The defense, on the other hand, has had a “duh” correlation with the W/L record. Hold an opponent to less than 30 points? Victory. Anything else? Bowl of sadness. The three wins have seen our defense allow 17, 14, and 10 points. Yes, when we’re healthy, we can offensively keep up with almost anyone on the schedule. But we don’t want to return to the early season scenario of whoever has the ball last wins. We want wins, period. And to get those, the defense has to continue pulling its weight.
Dunk-a-roofacts: Akron comes in at a surprising 4-6 considering they only average 22 points a game but boasting a strong scoring defense. The team caught fire with a 3 win streak following an upset over Pitt to end September, before crashing back down to Earth losing the last 4 straight by increasingly larger margins.
The Zips offense is much like most MAC schools in that it heavily relies on its passing game. If recent history is anything to base this game off of, Ball State held the Zips to 1 score and forced 5 turnovers (4 INTs). This game featured an entirely different quarterback than lately, but they’ve still been largely anemic on offense the past few Tuesdays.
On the defensive side of the ball, the team has also struggled as of late allowing Buffalo to score a season high 55 last week. Season high for both Buffalo and Akron.
Frankly this Akron team does not impress me and I can’t imagine a better week to possibly be missing our starting quarterback.
Timefacts: TIED 1-1 with UMass leading the aggregate 35-28. Akron has scored 14 points in every game they’ve ever played against UMass. Sure. Why not.
WHERE TO ENJOY
ESPNU ESPN3 because we got bumped again.
Radio: WEEI (105.5 FM in Springfield), WVEI (1440 AM in Worcester), WXKS (1200 AM in Boston), and WATD (95.9 FM on the South Shore)
Legal Streams: Video, Audio, Delayed Animated Dots
Pirates: FirstRow, but seriously, if you’re cord-cutting, just steal someone’s ESPN login.
Four Volleys: Butts firmly placed on couches. Beers firmly placed in hands.
THE BATTLE OF SYMBOLS OF FORMER BRITISH COLONIES. The Minuteman, champion of the Revolutionary War, takes on a fucking Kangaroo because no one knows what the fuck a Zip is, so just make it an arbitrary animal that couldn’t be found further from Akron, OH and go with that. Sam in a landslide and hail of musketballs.
Snowy Campus Scenery
Coach/Austin Whipple father son talk
Your stream buffers
QB-turned-TE Todd Stafford shown warming up on the sidelines
For conference woe discussion
Your stream goes audio-only
Down at the half
Adventures in place kicking
HALF THE BOTTLE
AJ Doyle sighting
DRINK ALL OF THE CHAMPALE
FIND FOUR VOLLEYS
Under the flag! This is a Tuesday night game on the road, meaning HomelessJerry and Pockets will be taking in the action from the comfort of various couches in the greater Boston area. If you want to swing by Pockets’ place, there will be a keg of poorly crafted Belgian-owned American-branded light beer available, and possibly some sort of food situation.
The joy of Tuesday night games is that Vegas usually barely gets around to odds making, and this game has had some serious movement following the Froh injury in the favor of Akron. Save your money, take the basketball team -8.5 instead.