Early season upsets give Akron hope against Vols

10:44 AM, Sep 21, 2012   |    comments
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Akron coach Terry Bowden doesn't need to look far to give his team evidence that it can put up a solid fight Saturday at Tennessee.

He can mention that Bowling Green was tied with Florida in the third quarter before falling 27-14 in the season's opening week. Bowling Green and Akron both play in the Mid-American Conference, and Florida won 37-20 at Tennessee last week.

Or he could reference Louisiana-Monroe's stunner over Arkansas two weeks ago and Western Kentucky's overtime victory over Kentucky last week. Akron's history makes a similar upset seem unlikely.

The Zips are 33-point underdogs with 21 straight road losses. Akron has gone 3-24 since the start of the 2010 season. In five previous games with Southeastern Conference teams, Akron has been outscored 256-19.

The Associated Press

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