Our View: Ante up, Akron

DKS Editors

Even better than a 7-1 football team that has put together a string of six consecutive wins is the team’s schedule, as of late, which has featured a continued stretch of momentous, must-see games.

The win at Army was huge. The homecoming win against Western Michigan was incredibly entertaining. Then both of those suddenly seemed dull in comparison to last week’s still-insane-to-fathom road upset of undefeated Rutgers.

Plus, the fun won’t stop any time soon. Saturday is the always-important Wagon Wheel rivalry game against the hated and lousy Akron Zips.

On paper, it’s a severe mismatch. But Akron has embarrassed Kent State in this annual match before, most recently in 2009 when the underdog Zips pulled off a 28-20 victory.

The Flashes might be enjoying their longest winning streak since 1940, and they might still be laughing from last year’s 35-3 blowout of a hapless Zips program that fired its head coach via cell phone while he was driving to his mother’s funeral. But a win Saturday is still not a guarantee, and just imagine the ridicule that would result if a Kent State team this extraordinarily good were to loose, at home, to an Akron team this extraordinarily bad.

That’s why we hope you will go to great lengths to clear your schedule for the 2 p.m. kickoff Saturday at Dix Stadium. If you can go to the game, you really should go. But you should also get there early — because it will likely be a full house — and plan to stay for the entire three hours. Bring a coat. We remember when it was reasonable to leave at halftime, but that stopped being acceptable weeks ago.

If you can’t attend, watch it on SportsTime Ohio, WatchESPN.com or the WatchESPN app.

After the Akron game, the excitement continues with a crucial road game against Miami University, the team that just handed Ohio its first loss of the season. But let’s not look ahead, because first we need to support our Flashes against their bitter rival, hope for another big win and have an absolute blast.

The above editorial is the consensus opinion of the Daily Kent Stater editorial board.