Akron Zips 2020 Win Total - College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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Breaking Down The Akron Zips Win Total For The 2020 Season

2020 College Football Season

Over/Under: 2 Wins -- Odds to Win National Title: +500000 Click Here for the Latest Odds

There is only one direction the Akron Zips can move in 2020 college football, and that is up.

The Akron Zips come into the 2020 college football season looking to shake off the worst season in program history, and it’s not had to be the worst when you go 0-12, making it 12 seasons out of the past 14 that the Zips finished with a record below .500. Common logic would say that it can only go up from here for Akron, but only time will tell if that’s actually the case. Check back all season long for free college football picks and college football predictions at Sports Chat Place. 

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Let’s take a look at Akron’s schedule for the 2020 season.

Saturday, Sept. 5 vs. Youngstown State

Saturday, Sept. 12 at New Mexico State

Saturday, Sept. 19 at Clemson

Saturday, Sept. 26 vs. Miami-Ohio

Saturday, Oct. 3 at Buffalo

Saturday, Oct. 10 at Kent State

Saturday, Oct. 17 vs. UMass

Saturday, Oct. 24 at Ball State

Saturday, Oct. 31 vs. Toledo

Saturday, Nov. 14 vs. Bowling Green

Saturday, Nov. 21 vs. Western Michigan

Friday, Nov. 27 at Ohio

 

There’s quite a bit of experience returning for the Zips this season, led by QB Kato Nelson, but the Zips’ offense was dead last in scoring, total offense and conversions on 3rd down last season. The anemic Akron offense was held to 29 points or less in all of their games, including 7 games where the Zips were held to 7 points or less. The rushing attack also needs to improve, after Brandon Lee led Akron with just 179 rushing yards last season as part of a ground attack that accounted for just two rushing TDs last year. On the defense, Bubba Arslanian is a tackling machine after finishing 2nd with 125 total tackles last season, but the Zips have to now make up for the loss of Alvin Davis who had 79 tackles for Akron last season as well as three other transfers from their secondary which was arguably the strongest unit for Akron last season.

The win total is set at 2 for the Zips, and if we’re being honest, I could see Akron finishing on both sides of that number. It’s strange to say that Youngstown State is the game that you’ll need to keep an eye on for Akron, but in reality, it’s the game that sets the tone. If Akron wins that game, then New Mexico State is also a winnable game and then you’re sitting at 2-0 with one more win needed for the total to go over. On the other side, would a loss to Youngstown State surprise anyone? And then following that up with New Mexico State and almost a sure loss at Clemson would spiral the Zips to an 0-3 start that may be hard to dig out of the rest of the way. With that said, 2 is just too low of a number for me to play the under on, so I’ll lean to the over just by default as I see the Zips finishing 3-9 or maybe, just maybe 4-8 at best but that feels like a stretch even for me.

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