Akron vs. Central Michigan - 10/31/15 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Central Michigan Chippewas (4-4) at Akron Zips (3-4)
College Football: Saturday, October 31, 2015 at 2:00 pm (InfoCision Stadium)
The Line: Akron Zips +3.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN 3
The Central Michigan Chippewas will travel to InfoCision Stadium to take on the Akron Zips this Saturday afternoon in College Football action.
The Central Michigan Chippewas was able to improve to 4-4 (3-1 MAC West) on the season after defeating the Ball State Cardinals on the road, 23-21, this past Saturday. Central Michigan was able to outgain Ball State by a 434 – 299 margin and held the Cardinals into completing just 2 of 12 third down opportunities. Leading the way for the Chippewas was QB Cooper Rush who completed 30 of 38 passes for 316 yards, 2 TD and an INT. On the season, Central Michigan is currently scoring 27.9 ppg on 407.4 yards per game (305.0 passing, 102.4 rushing). Leading the way offensively for the Chippewas has been Cooper Rush who is completing 69.8% of his passes for 2400 yards, 18 TD, and 7 INT. Rush has distributed the ball well as he currently has four receivers that are averaging at least 3 receptions per game. Leading the way for the Chippewas receivers has been WR Jesse Kroll (41 receptions, 550 yards, 4 TD) and TE Ben McCord (28 receptions, 415 yards, 4 TD). Leading the Central Michigan rushing attack has been Martez Walker (75 carries, 243 yards, 2 TD) and Jahray Hayes (59 carries, 238 yards, 2 TD). Defensively, Central Michigan is allowing 23.6 ppg on 322.3 yards per game (173.4 passing, 148.9 rushing). The Chippewas currently have a plus 1 turnover margin and have been led defensively by LB Kavon Frazier (69 tackles).
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The Akron Zips and their experienced defense had no answers for the Bowling Green offense and dropped to 3-4 (1-2 MAC East) on the season after being defeated 59-10 on the road this past Saturday. Akron was outgained by Bowling Green by a 532-262 margin and committed 4 turnovers in the loss. Leading the way for the Zips was QB Thomas Woodson who completed 13 or 28 passes for 91 yards, a TD, and 2 INT while added 45 rushing yards on 12 carries. On the season, Akron is averaging 23.7 ppg on 356.6 yards per game (183.0 passing, 173.6 rushing). Leading the way for the Akron offense has been RB Conor Hundley who has 543 yards and 6 TD on 101 carries on the season. Duel threat QB Thomas Woodson hasn’t done much damage through the air as he is completing just 50.7% of his passes for 989 yards (141.3 yards/game), 8 TD, 5 INT but has found some success on the ground as he has 311 rushing yards and 2 TD on 58 carries. Leading the way at the WR position has been Jerome Lane (16 receptions, 391 yards, 4 TD) and Imani Davis (22 receptions, 294 yards, 2 TD). Defensively, Akron is currently allowing their opponents to average 26.0 ppg on 358 yards per game (251.9 passing, 106.1 rushing). Even with the 4 turnovers in their recent matchup, the Zips have only committed 10 turnovers on the season and have a turnover margin of plus 2. Leading the way for the defense has been LB Jatavis Brown (60 tackles, 6.5 sacks) and DB DeAndre Scott (12 tackles, 4 INT).
The Chippewas are 8-1 ATS in their last 9 games overall and 7-1 ATS in their last 8 road games. The Zips are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games following a S.U. loss and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 home games.
Akron was expected to have one of the better defensives in the MAC this season however, have had some issues defensing the pass as they are allowing over 250 passing yards/game. Central Michigan has one of the better QB’s in the MAC in Cooper Rush and I think the Chippewas do enough on the defensive end to pull their second straight road victory and cover this small spread. Take Central Michigan to cover.