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September 14, 2013

No. 11 Michigan hosts Akron in 'doughnut game'

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Michigan coach Brady Hoke said it'll be a "glazed-doughnut game" when the 11th-ranked Wolverines play the Akron Zips.

Say what?

Hoke explained that when he was growing up and playing football, eating a glazed doughnut the morning before games was part of his routine.

He is now trying to bring his childhood ritual to Ann Arbor, promising early-arriving students they will get a doughnut before noon kickoffs. The school plans to pass out the sweet treat to the first 5,000 students who pass through the gates Saturday at Michigan stadium. Hoke's players can also have a doughnut, or more, when they have their pregame meal in the morning.

A cupcake might be more fitting with when Michigan (2-0) hosts the lowly Zips (1-1).

Here are five things to watch:

STRENGTH VS. WEAKNESS: Michigan's Devin Gardner-led offense is rolling, scoring 100 points and accounting for more than 900 yards in an 11-point win over Notre Dame and 50-point rout of Central Michigan. That's not good news for Akron. The Zips opened with a 38-7 loss at Central Florida and barely beat second-tier James Madison after giving up 33 points. They allowed both opponents to throw for more than 300 yards and to combine for nearly 1,000 yards of offense. Akron coach Terry Bowden, though, took something positive out of his defense making late-game stops to seal a rare victory. "In my two years here, it's the first close game I've been a part of here at Akron where were able to fight hard and win," he said.

AKRON'S QB DUO: The Zips have played two quarterbacks in their first two games with Kyle Pohl starting and Colorado transfer Nick Hirschman getting a chance to play, too. Pohl had an ankle injury last week and Hirschman had a knee injury, an ailment he suffered while celebrating one a touchdown. Pohl has completed 30 of 43 yards for 241 yards with two TDs in two games. Hirschman is 8 of 14 for 162 yards with three TDs, plus a rushing score. "They pull for each other, they're good teammates," Bowden said. "I don't think one would be upset if the other went in. They're a good 1-2 punch."

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