Akron vs. Bowling Green - 11/17/18 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Akron vs. Bowling Green - 11/17/18 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Adam Hagy-USA TODAY Sports

Bowling Green Falcons (2-8) at Akron Zips (4-5)

College Football: Saturday, November 17, 2018 at 3:30 pm (InfoCision Stadium)

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The Bowling Green Falcons take on the Akron Zips this Saturday afternoon inweek 12 MAC College Football action.

The Bowling Green Falcons snapped a 6-game losing streak and improved to 2-8 (1-5 MAC) on the season after defeating the Central Michigan Chippewas, 24-13, this past Saturday. Bowling Green went into halftime trailing by a 13-0 margin, however, dominated the 2nd half on both ends and took the lead for good after a 2-yd TD reception by Dorian Hendrix gave Bowling Green a 14-13 lead with 10:21 left in the 3rd quarter. Bowling Green outgained Central Michigan by a 320-166 margin and won the turnover battle by a 2-0 margin. Leading the way for the Falcons was RB Andrew Clair who had 82 rushing yds and a TD on 12 carries.

On the season, Bowling Green is averaging 25.7 ppg on 365.9 total yards per game (253.9 passing yds/g; 112.0 rushing yds/g) Offensively, Bowling Green has been led by Jarret Doege who has completed 62.3% of his passes for 24 TD & 10 INT while averaging 239.8 passing yds/g. The top receivers for Doege and the Falcons have been Scott Miller (6.8 rec/g; 103.7 yds/g; 7 TD), Quintin Morris (3.7 rec/g; 46.7 yds/g; 6 TD), and RB Marlow III (2.8 rec/g; 33.1 yds/g; 2 TD). Leading the way for the Bowling Green backfield has been Andrew Clair who has 5 rushing TD’s on the season while averaging 64.1 yds/g on 13.0 att/g.

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Defensively, Bowling Green is allowing their opponents to average 43.0 ppg on 467.2 total yards per game (171.2 passing yds/g; 296.0 rushing yds/g).

The Akron Zips lost their 2nd straight game and dropped to 4-5 (2-4 MAC) on the season after being defeated by the Eastern Michigan Eagles, 27-7, this past Saturday. Akron’s offense was basically non-existent against the Eastern Michigan defense and the Zips allowed the Eagles to pull away after taking a 17-7 lead with 13:41 left in the 4th quarter. Akron was outgained by Eastern Michigan by a 384-90 margin and lost the turnover battle by a 4-1 margin. Leading the way for the Zips was RB Van Edwards Jr. who had 53 rushing yards on 17 carries.

On the season, Akron is averaging 21.1 ppg on 295.3 total yards per game (189.8 passing yds/g; 105.6 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Akron has been led by QB Kato Nelson who has completed 52.6% of his passes for 11 TD & 7 INT while averaging 205.9 passing yds/g. Nelson missed last game due to an ankle injury is currently questionable for this matchup. In his replacement, freshman Alex Ramart completed just 4 for 15 passes for 29 yards & 3 INT against the Eagles. The top receiving targets for the Zips have been Andre Williams (4.1 rec/g; 60.4 yds/g; 5 TD) & Kwadarrius Smith (2.6 rec/g; 46.0 yds/g; 3 TD). Leading the way for the Zips backfield has been Van Edwards Jr. who has 3 rushing TD’s while averaging 52.2 yds/g on 13.1 att/g.

Defensively, Akron is allowing their opponents to average 25.3 ppg on 382.7 total yards per game (203.2 passing yds/g; 179.4 rushing yds/g).

It’s been a season to forget for Bowling Green as although they have a decent passing attack led by Jarret Doege, their defense has really struggled as it ranks just 128th in scoring defense. Akron is a defensive-minded team however, the Zips could be in real trouble in this one if Kato Nelson can’t go as the Akron offense looked completely lost without him against Eastern Michigan. This game won’t be lined until the status of Nelson is determined, however, if he is not a go, it’s going to be hard for me to roll with Akron even if they are going agianst the poor Bowling Green defense. Check back later when/if this line is released.

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