Akron vs. Toledo - 11/2/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Toledo Rockets (6-2) at Akron Zips (5-4)
College Football: Wednesday, November 2, 2016 at 7:30 pm (InfoCision Stadium)
The Line: Akron Zips +8 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Toledo Rockets and Akron Zips square off Wednesday night in MAC college football action at InfoCision Stadium on ESPN2.
The Toledo Rockets look for their third road victory to remain in the MAC West division race. The Toledo Rockets have lost back-to-back games just once since the 2014 season. Logan Woodside is completing 71 percent of his passes for 2,715 yards, 31 touchdowns and five interceptions. Woodside has three or more touchdown passes in nine of his last 10 games. Cody Thompson and Corey Jones have combined for 1,408 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns while Jon'Vea Johnson has 24 receptions. The Toledo Rockets ground game is averaging 197.2 yards per contest, and Kareem Hunt leads the way with 790 yards and five touchdowns. Defensively, Toledo is allowing 23.5 points and 377 yards per game. DeJuan Rogers leads the Toledo Rockets with 49 tackles, Treyvon Hester has five sacks and Trevon Mathis has one interception.
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The Akron Zips look for their third home victory and to become bowl eligible for the second straight season. The Akron Zips have lost back-to-back games twice since last season. Thomas Woodson is completing 62 percent of his passes for 1,763 yards, 16 touchdowns and five interceptions. Woodson and Tra'Von Chapman have combined for 21 touchdown passes this season. JoJo Natson, Jr. and Jerome Lane have combined for 1,381 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns while Austin Wolf has 30 receptions. The Akron Zips ground game is averaging 135.3 yards per contest, and Van Edwards, Jr. leads the way with 378 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, Akron is allowing 34.2 points and 483.1 yards per game. Ulysees Gilbert III leads the Akron Zips with 100 tackles, Jamal Marcus has 2.5 sacks and Kyron Brown has three interceptions.
The Rockets are 11-1 ATS in their last 12 road games and 17-5-2 ATS in their last 24 games overall. The Zips are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 Wednesday games and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games in November. The under is 10-4 in Zips last 14 home games and the under is 5-1 in Rockets last 6 road games.
Akron is a very good home team to be laying this type of number in a game in which a victory would make the Zips bowl eligible. Toledo doesn't lose back-to-back games often and has one of the more under the radar offenses that can put points up quckly. However, the Zips can hang in this game and give themselves a chance to win late. I'll side with Akron and the points here.