Akron Zips vs. Ohio Bobcats: College Football Week 8 Betting Odds and Picks

Akron Zips vs. Ohio Bobcats
Saturday, 10/18/14, 2:00 PM EST
Opening Point Spread:  Akron -3
Current Betting Line:  Akron -3
Opening Total:  44
Current Total:  42
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker

The Akron Zips are 9-5 ATS on the road since 2012
The Akron Zips are 9-5 ATS on the road since 2012

Akron has won three games in a row, including a 29-19 victory over Miami Ohio as 14.5-point home favorites last week, while going UNDER the betting total in all of those affairs.  The Zips have won eight of their last 11 contests dating back to last season, which is important to consider when making your Week 8 college football betting picks, while they attempt to improve their record to 13-17-1 all-time in this in-state rivalry.  Akron is 4-10 SU and 9-5 ATS on the road the last two-plus seasons, with the UNDER going 12-2 in those 14 opportunities.

The Zips are led offensively by junior quarterback Kyle Pohl, as he’s completed 119-of-210 passes for 1,289 yards and seven touchdowns, while running back Connor Hundley provides balance with 316 rushing yards on 49 carries.  Akron ranks 10th in the country in allowing just 17.3 points per game, which can’t be ignored when looking over the college football betting lines.  The team also owns sits 12th with a 1.17 turnover margin per contest.

Ohio has dropped back-to-back games for the second time this season, as it suffered a 31-13 defeat to the Bowling Green Falcons as one-point home underdogs despite winning the statistical battle by 158 yards.  The Bobcats need to turn things around, as they entered the year as one of only two schools out of the Mid-American Conference to have played in five straight bowl games.  Ohio is 9-10 SU and 5-14 ATS versus conference opponents since 2012, with the UNDER going 11-8 in that situation.

The Bobcats’ 63 wins since 2006 are the second-most victories by any school in the MAC during that period, as that number trails only the Northern Illinois Huskies.  Ohio is trying to get by with one of the youngest defensive units in the country, but the group has managed to hold three opponents to under 100 rushing yards at this point of the season.

Sports bettors will likely back the Bobcats due to their 5-1 ATS mark in the last six meetings in this series.

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