NCAAF Akron Zips

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Akron Zips

General Information

Mid-American Conference (1992–present)

Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS)

Akron, Ohio

InfoCision Stadium


  • National Championships: None
  • Conference Titles: 1 (2005)
  • Divisional Championships: 2 (2005, 2017)
  • Bowl Game Appearances: 3
  • Independent (1891–1914; 1936-1947; 1966-1973; 1987-1991)
  • Ohio Athletic Conference (1915–1935; 1948-1965)
  • *Mid-Continent Conference (1978–1979)
  • *Ohio Valley Conference (1980–1986)
  • * Akron was a Member of Division 1 FCS at this time

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Akron Zips - NCAAF History

Day One of the Ohio Akron Zips

The Akron Zips are a Division 1 FBS Football team based in Akron, Ohio. Originally named Buchtel College upon opening in 1891, the program was renamed University of Akron in 1913. The nickname “Zips” is short for Zippers, which is a reference to the rubber boots manufactured by the B.F. Goodrich Company, which was headquartered in Akron at the time. Akron has an overall record of 521–548–37.

Upset Leads to Conference Championship – to Lose 

After spending the 1970s and 1980s as a Division II and Division 1-AA (now known as Division 1 FCS) program, respectively, Akron became the first program to move up from Division 1-AA to Division I, in 1987. The Akron Zips’ most successful season came in 2005. Despite a 6-6 record, the Zips clinched their first ever Mid-American East Division title, setting up a showdown versus heavily favored Northern Illinois. Akron pulled off a 31-30 upset in Detroit to clinch their first ever Conference Championship. The Zips would also make their first ever bowl game appearance, losing 38-31 to Memphis in the Motor City Bowl – ironically enough in the same stadium where they won the MAC title weeks prior. Akron would go on to make two more bowl game appearances, with their lone victory coming in the 2015 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl over Utah State.

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