Akron vs. Oklahoma - 9/5/15 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Oklahoma vs. Akron
College Football: Saturday, September 5, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Memorial Stadium)
The Line: Oklahoma -31 -- Over/Under: 56 See the Latest Odds
TV: FOX Sports
The Akron Zips and Oklahoma Sooners meet early Saturday night at Memorial Stadium.
The Akron Zips have won five games in each of the last two seasons and look for a bowl appearance for the first time since 2005. Kyle Pohl returns at quarterback after completing 54.3 percent of his passes for 2,189 yards, nine touchdowns and eight interceptions. Andrew Pratt and Fransohn Bickley combined for more than 500 receiving yards and Mykel Traylor-Bennett had four touchdowns on 17 receptions. Conor Hundley returns at running back after racking up 540 yards and four touchdowns. Defensively, Jatavis Brown returns after leading Akron with 99 tackles, Se'Von Pittman had 6.5 tackles for loss and Jerome Lane had five sacks.
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The Oklahoma Sooners head into another season with Bob Stoops leading the charge, and they’re a program that’s reached a bowl game each year since 1999. Trevor Knight returns at quarterback after completing 56.6 percent of his passes for 2,300 yards, 14 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. Sterling Shepard and Durron Neal have combined for more than 1,400 receiving yards and eight touchdowns while Michiah Quick had 25 receptions as a freshman. Samaje Perine returns at running back after rushing for 1,713 yards and 21 touchdowns. Defensively, Dominique Alexander returns after leading OU with 107 tackles, Eric Striker had 17 tackles for loss and Zack Sanchez had six interceptions.
The Zips are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games on grass and 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Sooners are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games in September and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games.
I hate big boy chalk, especially in the first game of the season where teams can at times be a little sluggish. Akron also isn't a terrible team, as it's been one win away from a bowl each of the last two years. Instead of messing with the line, I like the over, as OU is going to put up points and could come close to covering the O/U by itself.