The Ohio Bobcats (8-3) travel to face off against the Akron Zips (2-9) on Friday, November 24th. This game will be played at InfoCision Stadium in Akron and televised on CBSS. Ohio is coming off a win in their previous game, while Akron is looking to get back on track from a loss to the Eastern Michigan. Kickoff is set for 12:00 ET.
Ohio Bobcats vs Akron Zips
The Ohio Bobcats Are Coming Off A Win
Fueling Ohio’s most recent 34-20 win over Central Michigan was a strong first quarter. In the game, they were up 10-0 after the opening quarter. During the team’s win versus Central Michigan, quarterback Kurtis Rourke didn’t throw a touchdown pass, but he did rush for one touchdown. His overall performance included a completion percentage of 65.2% and 222 passing yards.
Heading into the game Ohio was the betting favorite at 11 and picked up an ATS win. Together, the teams scored 54 points, resulting in a hit for the over.
This season, the Ohio Bobcats are currently 8-3. So far this season, they have played five road games and five at home.
Against the spread, Ohio has gone 6-4 this season. The Bobcats have been favored seven times compared to three games as the underdog. Over the course of 11 games, the average over/under line in Ohio’s matchups has been 47.2 points. These games have had an average combined score of 38.3 points, leading to an OU record of 4-6.
The Akron Zips Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
In their most recent game, Akron fell to Eastern Michigan by a score of 30-27. The team’s went into overtime in the game, as they were all tied at 17-17 in regulation. Against Eastern Michigan, Jeff Undercuffler Jr. threw for 223 yards against Eastern Michigan, but did throw a touchdown pass. Overall his passer rating was 98.72 on a completion percentage of 73.1%.
Akron and Eastern Michigan combined for 57 points in the game, which was enough to surpass the over/under line of 39.5 points. Even though Akron lost straight-up, they did cover the spread as 3.5-point underdogs.
This season, the Akron Zips are currently 2-9. So far this season, they have played five road games and two at home.
Heading into this week’s matchup with Ohio, the Zips have been favored in one game and the underdog in six. Their ATS mark coming into the game is 2-4-1. Akron has put together an over/under record of 3-4 throughout this season. The average combined score in their games has been 44.7 points, and the standard over/under line has stood at 44.4 points.
Ohio Offense Breakdown
The Bobcats are currently ranked 56th in college football with 385 rushing attempts per game. In terms of rush yards, they are at 135.6 rushing yards per game, which is 91st in the nation. Looking at their production in the passing game, they are averaging 30.6 attempts per game and gain an average of 210.8 passing yards. Overall, they hold the 77th spot with 22.7 points per game.
The top passer for Ohio is Kurtis Rourke, who has accumulated 1999 passing yards and boasts a completion rate of 63.5%. He’s currently averaging 7.2 yards per passing attempt.
Akron Offense Breakdown
The Zips’ heads into the game, averaging 86 rushing yards per game and 2 yards per attempt. Overall, they’re 126th in rushing yards and 126th in passing yards at 201.2 yards per contest. Akron is averaging 16.5 points per game, which is 103rd in the nation.
So far this season, Jeff Undercuffler Jr. has thrown for 1275 yards, averaging 10.5 per completion. His completion percentage is 62.2%, and he’s registered four touchdowns.
Ohio Team Defense
Ranked 185th in passing yards allowed per game, Ohio’s defense gets ready to take on Akron. Opponents have attempted an average of 27.2 passes per game against the Bobcats. They’re allowing 15.5 points per contest, placing them 53rd in college football. Their rush defense ranks 22nd in the NCAA.
Akron Team Defense
This season, the Zips’ defense has yielded an average of 145.9 rushing yards, earning them a rank of 138th. Opponents have an average of 185.4 passing yards, with opposing quarterbacks attaining a passer rating of 90.7 when facing Akron. They are currently 38th in points allowed in NCAA rankings.
Ohio vs Akron Trends
- Looking at Ohio’s ten most recent road games, they have put together a record vs. the spread of 7-2-1.
- Akron’s ATS record at home (last five) is 3-2.
- Zips is 2-3 in their last five games as underdogs.
- Ohio’s record vs. the spread in their three most recent games as the favorite is 2-1.
For this game, I’m favoring Ohio to cover the spread at -14. Ohio showcased a strong rushing game in their previous matchup against Central Michigan, and I expect them to carry that momentum into this week’s matchup. I’ll be placing my bet on Ohio before the game starts.
I’m taking the over with the over/under line set at 41. So far this season, games involving Akron have generated an average combined score of 44.7 points, and I believe this game will exceed 41.
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