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Bowling Green vs. Akron - 9/30/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Akron Zips (1-3) at Bowling Green Falcons (0-4)

College Football: Saturday, September 30, 2017 at 6:00 pm (Doyt Perry Stadium)

The Line: Bowling Green Falcons -1 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN3.com

College football comes to Doyt Perry Stadium when the Akron Zips visit the Bowling Green Falcons in week five.

The Akron Zips look to reverse a slow start to the season with a trip to the Bowling Green Falcons in week five. The Zips fell to 1-3 on the year following a 22-17 defeat  at the Troy Trojans as a 17 point underdog. Akron was outgained 489-367 and turned the ball over three times but managed to stay close by holding the Trojans to 4-14 on third down and still held a 17-16 lead until 1:06 remained in the game. The Zips enjoyed success throwing the ball with Thomas Woodson completing 20-40 for 268 yards and a touchdown but a pair of interceptions were game changers. Kwadarrius Smith led the Akron receiving corps with 103 yards on four catches including a 29 yard score while Austin Wolf added 71 yards on six receptions. When the Zips ran the ball, Warren Ball was the only runner of note with 112 yards on 28 touches including a touchdown.

Bowling Green vs. Akron - 9/30/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Bowling Green Falcons will be looking for win number one of the year with the Akron Zips coming to town on Saturday. The Falcons never found their offense in a 24-13 defeat at Middle Tennessee State in week four as a touchdown underdog to fall to 0-4. The Blue Raiders owned a 533-284 advantage in total yards but the Falcons won the turnover battle 3-0 that helped keep the scoreboard from getting out of hand. Bowling Green couldn’t get going on the ground with a 12 carry, 38 yard effort from Josh Cleveland being the highlight of the rushing attack. Quarterback Jarret Doege gave the Falcons a lift through the air by completing 21-35 for 283 yards and a touchdown with no interceptions. Scott Miller gave Bowling Green eight catches for 112 yards including a 60 yard scoring strike while Teo Redding added another 71 yards on five receptions. 

The under is 9-0 in Akron last 9 games on fieldturf and the under is 4-0 in Akron last 4 games in September while the under is 5-0 in Akron last 5 road games. The under is 4-0-1 in Bowling Green last 5 games after allowing more than 200 yards rushing in their previous game and the under is 4-0 in Bowling Green last 4 games after allowing more than 450 total yards in their previous game while the under is 4-0 in Bowling Green last 4 games after scoring less than 20 points in their previous game. Akron are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 meetings in Bowling Green and Akron are 1-10-1 ATS in their last 12 meetings while the under is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings. 

Akron has been horrible in this matchup for a number of years but I think the Bowling Green Falcons will struggle to move the chains. The bottom line is I think the Zips matchup well here…

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