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Akron at Buffalo - 10/27/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Akron Zips (4-3) at Buffalo Bulls (1-6)

College Football: Thursday, October 27, 2016 at 7:30 pm (UB Stadium)

The Line: Buffalo Bulls +17.5 -- Over/Under: 56.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN3

The Akron Zips and Buffalo Bulls clash Thursday night in a college football game at UB Stadium on ESPN3.

The Akron Zips look for their fourth straight road victory to build on their MAC East division lead. The Akron Zips can also become bowl eligible for the second straight season for the first time in school history. Thomas Woodson is completing 66.9 percent of his passes for 1,585 yards, 15 touchdowns and four interceptions. Woodson and Tra'Von Chapman have combined for 20 touchdown passes this season. Jerome Lane and JoJo Natson, Jr. have combined for 1,288 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns while Austin Wolf has 27 receptions. The Akron Zips ground game is averaging 136.2 yards per contest, and Manny Morgan leads the way with 345 yards on 65 carries. Defensively, Akron is allowing 33.4 points and 478.8 yards per game. Ulysees Gilbert III leads the Akron Zips with 94 tackles, Brock Boxen has two sacks and Kyron Brown has two interceptions.

Akron at Buffalo - 10/27/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Buffalo Bulls would love a feel good victory after a brutal 1-6 record this season. Seven of the Buffalo Bulls last 11 wins have come on their home field. Tyree Jackson is completing 54.7 percent of his passes for 1,234 yards, seven touchdowns and six interceptions. Jackson has moved the chains through the air 61 times this season. Mason Schreck and Marcus McGill have combined for 521 receiving yards and two touchdowns while Malcolm Robinson has 16 receptions. The Buffalo Bulls ground game is averaging 139.1 yards per contest, and Jordan Johnson leads the way with 443 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, Buffalo is allowing 33.4 points and 444.6 yards per game. Khalil Hodge leads the Buffalo Bulls with 81 tackles, Demone Harris has two sacks and Brandon Williams has one interception.

The Zips are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 conference games and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 Thursday games. The Bulls are 8-18 ATS vs. a team with a winning record and 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The Zips are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 meetings in Buffalo and the home team is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 meetings.

The home team has won eight of the last 10 meetings between Buffalo and Akron, so there's some hope for the Bulls here. Also, Buffalo has had a lot of close home games this season while Akron has won its last two road games by a combined 14 points. I don't like laying big numbers in the middle of the week as weird things tend to happen in these type of games. Not to mention Akron allows a truckload of yards and points, so expecting a blowout may be a bit risky. 

I'll take Buffalo and the great deal of points.

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Buffalo Bulls +17.5

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