KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - 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. Said Vols coach Derek Dooley about Akron, "The one thing you know about any Bowden, and Terry especially, is they know how to score a lot of points. They're scoring about 40-points a game. 400-yards throwing the ball. Spreading it out. So it's going to be a whole different dynamic again on trying to stop these guys."
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