Iowa State vs. Akron Game Preview & Fearless Prediction
Check out the Iowa State vs. Akron fearless prediction and game preview.
Iowa State (1-1) vs. Akron (1-1) Game Preview
Broadcast, TV, Game Time
Date: Saturday, Sept. 16th
Game Time: 12:00 pm ET
Venue: InfoCision Stadium, Akron, OH
Network: CBS Sports Network
The narrative was really, really close to being much different.
Iowa State had Iowa in big trouble, but the late Hawkeye rally and overtime loss overcame a wonderful performance from the Cyclone passing game – it would’ve been a breakthrough win.
And now the team has to gear it back up in a hurry or else risk getting hit by an Akron team with a little bit of pop.
The Zips were steamrolled over by Penn State to start the season, but roared back with a 52-3 win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff to get everything going.
At home, this is a big moment for Terry Bowden and the Akron program. It’s possible they can catch the Cyclones down after the overtime loss and potentially looking ahead to Texas.
One Reason Why Iowa State Will Win
Jacob Park is on.
The Cyclone starting quarterback took over this offseason and made the job his. Against Iowa, he almost made the state his after throwing for 347 yards and four scores.
Star WR Allen Lazard caught two touchdown passes, but was held to just 23 yards on six catches. Hakeem Butler broke out with a five-catch, 128-yard, two score day, adding a dangerous No. 2 option to the mix.
The Akron passing game hasn’t worked to keep up if the secondary that got hit by Penn State can’t handle Park. The Akron secondary won’t be able to handle Park.
One Reason Why Akron Will Win
The Zip defensive front has been good enough to get into the backfield to be disruptive.
No, the run defense hasn’t been a rock, but it hasn’t been totally miserable. The pass rush has come up with four sacks in the first two games and has been great at getting behind the line – especially last week – with 17 tackles for loss on the year.
To have a shot, the Zips have to be aggressive from the start and win the turnover battle. So far, Akron is +1 on the year in mistake margin.
What’s Going To Happen
Iowa State will be a little bit sluggish, but it’ll rise up and produce when it has to in the second half to pull away. Akron QB Thomas Woodson might be a sound veteran passer, but he’s not going to be able to keep up the pace.
Iowa State vs. Akron Prediction
Iowa State 40, Akron 27
Iowa State -9.5 o/u: 64
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