The Penn State Nittany Lions take on the Akron Zips in one of the college football games on Saturday, start time at 12:00 PM ET, at Beaver Stadium. Akron vs Penn State football tv channel schedule is on ABC, live stream is on WatchESPN.
The Akron Zips are coming from a 5-7 record, 3-5 in conference under the leadership of coach Terry Bowden. Quarterback Thomas Woodson, who threw for 2,079 passes and 18 touchdowns against six interceptions just in eight games, is returning to lead the team. Former Ohio State running back Warren Ball will be the leader in the running game. Austin Wolf and A.J. Coney who combined for 723 yards and six touchdowns in receiving are returning as the primary receivers.
Last season, Akron football averaged 387.4 total yards, 255.3 in passing and 132.2 in rushing per game. Defensively, Akron football gave up 466.2 total yards, 241.3 in passing and 224.8 in rushing per game.
The Penn State Nittany Lions are coming from an 11-3 record, 8-1 conference and won the Big Ten Conference. After not entering in the college football playoff despite of winning the conference, the Nittany Lions are legitimate contenders this season.
Quarterback McSorley is returning after posting 3614 yards and 29 touchdowns in passing, and adding 365 yards and seven touchdowns on the ground. With a dual-threat quarterback, Penn State will be the team to beat in the conference. Running back Saquon Barkley who accumulated 1898 yards and 22 touchdowns in scrimmage is returning also.
Last season, Penn State football averaged 435.6 total yards, 260.7 in passing and 174.9 in rushing per game. Defensively, Penn State football gave up 367.9 total yards, 216.6 in passing and 151.3 in rushing per game.
Penn State vs Akron football schedule info:
Date: September 2, 2017
Start Time: 12:00 PM ET
TV Channel Schedule: ABC
Live Stream: WatchESPN
Odds and Point Spread: -32 Penn State, 63.5 O/U
Suddenly, the Nittany Lions are a potentially dominant group up front. Connor McGovern will make his first start at center since his Lake-Lehman days, but expect him to be a rock. Ryan Bates has received rave reviews at left tackle, and Brendan Mahon and Steven Gonzalez provide a strong guard combo. The Zips are deep up front, and they return Brock Boxen and Darius Copeland in the middle. But Akron couldn’t stop the run last year and will have to be tougher.
The Zips have some good options at linebacker, and a good competition in camp has pushed senior Andrew Hauser into the starting MLB spot alongside one of the top defenders in the MAC, WLB Ulysees Gilbert III. But they’ll have to watch Saquon Barkley not just as a rusher, but as a receiver. And, Penn State is threatening to unleash new ways to get the football in their best player’s hands.