Akron Zips (4-6) vs Ohio Bobcats (7-4)Date : 11/23/2018
Time : 12:00 pm EST
Location : Peden Stadium, Athens, Ohio
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Akron Zips vs Ohio Bobcats
The Akron Zips will travel to Peden Stadium in Athens Ohio to take on the Ohio Bobcats on Friday at 12 p.m. Eastern Standard Time in a MAC showdown. The Zips are coming off their third straight loss due to a 21-6 loss to Bowling Green. The Falcons were in control of this game throughout as they were able to obtain 221 yards on the ground on a horrible defensive effort for the rush defense for the Zips.
On the other hand, the Ohio Bobcats atoned for last week’s loss versus the Miami, Ohio, Redhawks as they unleashed a rushing clinic on the Bulls of Buffalo in collecting 437 rushing yards on the night led by A.J. Ouellette who had 197 yards along with two touchdowns on the night.
Akron Zips's Latest Performance :
The Ohio Bobcats suffered a huge setback with a 30-28 road loss to the Miami of Ohio Redhawks in their last outing; However, they were able to atone for this loss with a huge 52-17 home win over the Buffalo Bulls last Saturday. While they still remain in second place within the MAC Eastern Division behind the Bulls of Buffalo, they will certainly need win in this matchup (along with the Bulls losing to the Falcons of Bowling Green University on Friday as well) in which to win the MAC East title.
They are indeed coming in this game off of a high as the Bobcats have scored at least 50 points in their last four wins. In all, they were able to correct the mistakes related to their last loss in their outing versus the Bulls as they rushed for well over 300 yards in the game as A.J. Ouellette qas the man of the hour in rushing for 197 yards on the ground along with having two touchdowns in the game. On the other hand, Nathan Rourke also threw for 206 yards in the contest while also having three touchdown passes along with an interception.
It would also be important to mention the effectiveness of the Ohio Bobcats defense during their current winning streak. The unit has only allowed 20 or more points in only one of their last six games. Also, the Bobcats are ranked 44th in the nation in stopping the run and are certainly looking to taking the field once again in which to obtain yet another victory to finish the season off strong.
Ohio Bobcats's Latest Performance :
With four wins on season, the Akron Zips could likely make it to a bowl game to end a season to where they struggled on both sides of the ball, constantly. On the other hand, in order to reach Bowl status, they must be able to defeat an Ohio Bobcats team that is currently on a high after beating up on MAC East Division leading Buffalo Bulls by a 52-17 score. Nonetheless, look for the Zips to have much better offensive production than they did in their last outing versus Bowling Green as they were only able to rack up 227 yards of total offense during the contest. Kato Nelson and the passing attack only averaged 5.3 yards per catch while the rushing attack for Akron racked up 79 yards only.
In all, Akron is only averaging 13 points in their last three games while their defense has given up an average of 28 points during this time. They will certainly need to shore up defensive vulnerabilities for this matchup as the Bobcats will be looking to provide a heavy dose of their punishing running game throughout.
How Akron Zips & Ohio Bobcats Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Akron is 3-6 ATS while the OU is 3-6
Ohio is 7-4 ATS while the OU is 6-4
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
This game will be very interesting in that Akron is simply looking to finish the season strong as they have an outside chance of making a bowl game. On the other hand, the Bobcats are looking to possibly cash in on an outside chance in obtaining the MAC East title should the Bulls happen to falter versus the Falcons this weekend. Nonetheless, both teams will come out with focus and intensity in this game as obtaining a win will allow one team to be that much closer to achieving their season goals.
Against The Spread Selection: Pick: Ohio Bobcats
My reason for the pick :
I will have to go with the Bobcats in this instance in that they have been on a tear lately. Of course, they came in a bit flat versus the Red Hawks and ended up suffering the consequences; however, they have had to take their lessons and move forward as they illustrated their ability to do this versus the Buffalo Bulls in their last outing. In all, look for the Bobcats to run the football down the throats of an Akron team that allows over 180 yards rushing to their opponents per game while also being 0-3 against the spread in the last three road games.
Totals Selection: Pick: Under
My reason for the prediction :
With the defense for Ohio playing the way it has recently, I would have to pick the under in this instance as I believe that they will totally neutralize the offense for the Akron Zips. It should be noted that the Bobcats are not only undefeated against the spread in their last four home games, but, the under has also been the result in four of their last seven games, overall. With that being the case, look for the Ohio defense to shine in this matchup versus the Zips quite possibly putting themselves in a position to capture the MAC East crown.
Betting trends for Akron Zips:
- Akron is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Akron’s last 6 games on the road
Akron is 3-6-1 ATS in its last 10 games when playing Ohio
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Akron’s last 6 games when playing Ohio
Akron is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Ohio
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Akron’s last 8 games when playing on the road against
Betting trends for Ohio Bobcats:
- Ohio is 8-1 ATS in its last 9 games at home
Ohio is 2-3-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Akron
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Ohio’s last 6 games when playing Akron
Ohio is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games when playing at home against Akron
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Ohio’s last 8 games when playing at home against Akron