Akron Zips (4-4) vs Eastern Michigan Eagles (4-5)Date : 11/10/2018
Time : 12:00 pm EST
Location : Rynearson Stadium, Ypsilanti, Michigan
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Akron Zips vs Eastern Michigan Eagles
The Akron Zips will travel to Rynearson Stadium in Ypsilanti, Michigan, to face the Eagles of Eastern Michigan for a MAC showdown on Saturday afternoon at noon. The Zips dropped a home game to the Northern Illinois Huskies last Thursday as they suffered the 36-26 defeat as the defense was torched for 296 rushing yards while the offense threw two picks. The Eagles won their third game in four outings in picking up a 17-7 home win versus the Central Michigan Chippewas in their last outing as they shut out the dismal Chippewas in the final half after allowing only a touchdown in the first half. These two teams met last on October 10, 2015 as the Eagles suffered the 47-21 home loss as they went down 40-14 at the end of the first half while committing three turnovers in the contest.
Akron Zips's Latest Performance :
Akron is averaging 22.9 points per game this season. And while their offense has shined in the wins this season in putting up an average of 30 pints per game; In the losses, the unit has only put up 15 points. And while they were matched up with yet another team in the Huskies that has struggled offensively lately Thursday night, however, hung 36 points on a Zips team that ranked 57th in the country in points allowed. To compound problems, QB Kato Nelson threw for 299 yards along with two TD’s, however, is day to day with an ankle injury and is uncertain to play at this time. If Nelson is not able to go, Alex Ramart will be next in line as he passed for only 27 yards, a TD, along with two picks in relief of Nelson versus the Huskies.
Eastern Michigan Eagles 's Latest Performance :
Eastern Michigan will not win the MAC West this year, however, at 5-5 on the season, they ware certainly looking to finish the season strong while picking up a much need road victory versus the Zips on Saturday afternoon. While the defense for the Eagles have held things down on their end, the offense has been terrible in ranking low in total yards allowed per game with 321 along with points scored with 22 per. They are also 1-4 ATS in their last five games to where they averaged 18 points during this time.
And while their offense labored during their last outing with the Chippewas, the defense turned it up in allowing only seven points for the game while allowing just 138 yards total for the contest. Tyler Weigers passed for 150 yards, a TD, along with an interception while Shaq Vann rushed for 114 yards along with a TD in the much-needed win. While I will say that the Eagles need to score some points in which to win their matchup with Akron, however, 17 points may be the magic number versus the Zips as well.
How Akron Zips & Eastern Michigan Eagles Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Akron is 3-5 ATS while the OU is 3-5
Eastern Michigan is 6-3 ATS while the OU is 4-5
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
This will be an interesting matchup as the Zips will be longing to pick up some wins in their following four games of the season to become bowl eligible. With a remaining slate that includes three road game with the Eagles, Ohio, and South Carolina, their best chance at getting those two wins will be in this outing along with a home game versus Bowling Green on November 17th. With that being sad, the Eagles will also be looking to become bowl eligible as they need one win either versus the Zips or the Golden Flashes in their final game of the year.
Against The Spread Selection: Pick: Eastern Michigan Eagles
My reason for the pick :
I will back the Eagles of Eastern Michigan in this instance as they have won three out of four games while the Zips have also played better lately yet continues to suffer due to offensive struggles. In any event, look for he Eagles to get the victory at home versus Akron this weekend as they will utilize their passing attack in which to keep the game at an upbeat pace. With that being said, look for the Eagles to also get some payback as they were destroyed by the Zips in last year’s matchup.
Totals Selection: Pick: Under
My reason for the prediction :
While the Eagles will attempt to take advantage of a solid pass secondary for the Zips, however, Akron is ranked 45th in the country in defending the pass along with allowing 170 yards on the ground per game. Of course, both teams will manage some scores here and there, the total will not surpass its set limit for the game as each defense will be scrappy in which to come one game closer to playing in the bowl season.
Betting trends for Akron Zips:
- The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Akron’s last 5 games on the road
- Akron is 2-3-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Eastern Michigan
Betting trends for Eastern Michigan Eagles :
- The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Eastern Michigan’s last 7 games
- Eastern Michigan is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games at home
- Eastern Michigan is 8-2-1 ATS in its last 11 games when playing Akron