Breakdown: Akron at Kentucky

Luke McDermott

Kentucky Sports Report provides a look at matchup between the Wildcats and the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers.

Kentucky Sports Report provides a look at matchup between the Wildcats and the Akron Zips.

Akron at Kentucky

When: Saturday, September 18 – 7 pm Eastern
Where: Commonwealth Stadium, Lexington, KY

Akron Zips' Schedule
9/4 – vs. Syracuse L 29-3
9/11 – vs. Gardner-Webb L 38-37
9/18 – at Kentucky
9/25 – at Indiana
10/2 – vs. Northern Illinois
10/9 – at Kent State
10/16 – at Ohio
10/23 – vs. Western Michigan
10/30 – at Temple
11/6 – at Ball State
11/17 – vs. Miami
11/26 – vs Buffalo

Statistical Leaders

Akron Rushing: Nate Burney 29 carries, 157 yards
Kentucky Rushing: Derrick Locke 44 carries, 206 yards, 3 TDs
Akron Passing: Patrick Nicely 26-56 276, 1 TD, 1 int
Kentucky Passing: Mike Hartline 33-46, 430 yards, 3 TDs
Akron Receiving: Jeremy LaFrance 14 receptions 163 yards, 1 TD
Kentucky Receiving: Randall Cobb 7 catches, 117 yards, 1 TD
Akron Tackles: Mike Thomas 24 tackles
Kentucky Tackles: Danny Trevathan 17 tackles, 5 tfl
Akron Sacks: Shawn Lemon 2 sacks
Kentucky Sacks: Four players with one
Akron Interceptions: Brian Wagner, Manley Waller 1 int
Kentucky Interceptions: Luke McDermott, Mychal Bailey 1 int

Team Statistics

Rushing Offense: Kentucky 218 – Akron 139.5
Passing Offense: Kentucky 256 – Akron 137
Total Offense: Kentucky 474 – Akron 277.5
Scoring Offense: Kentucky 43 – Akron 20
Rushing Defense: Kentucky 188.5 – Akron 151.5
Passing Defense: Kentucky 112 – Akron 259.5
Total Defense: Kentucky 300.5 – Akron 411
Scoring Defense: Kentucky 22 – Akron 33.5
Turover Margin: Kentucky +2 – Akron +1

Kentucky is heavily favored over Akron. Many see the Zips as the easiest game on Kentucky's schedule due to their losses to both Syracuse and Gardner-Webb. Kentucky's offense has looked crisp and aside from a few big plays, the defense has been solid. This looks to be a total mismatch for the Wildcats.

Look for Kentucky to keep their defensive scheme mostly vanilla again this week, hoping to keep some mystery around their plans for Florida next weekend and the rest of the SEC. Kentucky will need to control Nate Burney, not allowing him to break free for big runs like Bobby Rainey did for Western Kentucky last week. Expect Kentucky to try to pressure Akron's quarterback with the front four and force him into turning the ball over. Kentucky should control Akron's offense for the majority of the game at least until the backups come in during the third quarter.

The Wildcats offense should have little problem rolling up big numbers against Akron and putting the game out of reach early. The Kentucky offense will also be pretty basic in this game. They will establish the run early to open things up for the deep throws to receivers Chris Matthews, LaRod King and Randall Cobb. Kentucky's backups should get several snaps and some much needed experience going into SEC play.

Final Analysis
Kentucky should dominate in every facet of this game. The Wildcats would have to completely implode for Akron to stay close this weekend. Kentucky's offensive line should allow the Wildcat offense do score almost at will and after the middle of the second quarter, the Wildcats should be well ahead. Prediction: Kentucky 59 – Akron 13.

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