Ohio Bobcats (3-1) at Akron Zips (2-2)
|Date & Time||Saturday October 3, 2015, 2:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Akron Zips +4 -- Over/Under: 46
The Ohio Bobcats will travel to InfoCision Stadium to take on the Akron Zips this Saturday afternoon in College Football action.
The Ohio Bobcats (3-1, 0-0 MAC) almost pulled off the upset against the Minnesota Gophers but gave up a late TD and fell to 3-1 on the season after losing 27-24. The Bobcats were outgained by the Gophers by a 468-345 margin and but did finish the game going 8-16 on 3rd down and didn’t commit any turnovers. Ohio has a strong running game that is led by A.J. Ouellette (51 carries, 206 yards, 2 TD) and Daz’mond Patterson (40 carries, 244 yards, 3 TD). Leading the way at QB for the Bobcats is Derrius Vick who is currently is completing 68.0% of his passes and has 742 yards, 6 TD’s and 2 INT’s on the season. Leading the way for Ohio receivers is Sebastian Smith who has 15 receptions for 241 yards and 3 TD’s. The Bobcats has one of the better defenses in the MAC and is currently holding their opponents to 19.8 ppg. The Bobcats are led by DL Tarell Basham (13 tackles, 2.5 sacks) and LB Quentin Poling (28 tackles, 2 sacks). Ohio has been solid when it comes to Turnovers as on the season they have a 10-4 turnover margin.
The Akron Zips used a strong defensive effort and improved to 2-2 (0-0 MAC) on the season after defeating the Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns 35-14. Akron outgained Louisiana-Lafayette by a 458-285 margin and won the turnover battle by a 4-1 margin. The Zips currently have two RB’s that are averaging over 5.0 ypg and are led by Conor Hundley who has 294 yards and 4 TD’s on 51 carries this season. Sophomore QB Tommy Woodson has gotten the starts over the last two games and on the season has 445 passing yards and 4 TD while gaining 186 yards and 2 TD’s on the ground. Jerome Lane is leading the way for the Zips receivers as he is currently has 228 yards and 2 TD’s on 7 receptions. The Zips have also used a strong defense this season as even with giving up 41 points to the Oklahoma Sooners in their season opener, they are only giving up an average of 22.0 ppg. Leading the way for the defense is LB Jatavis Brown (36 tackles, 4.5 sacks) and LB Dylan Evans (38 tackles, 1.5 sacks).
The Bobcats are 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall however are just 7-16-1 ATS in their last 24 conference games. The Zips are 16-35 ATS in their last 51 conference games and 2-10 ATS in their last 12 games overall.
Ohio and Akron will both be relying heavily on their defenses this season and that this game will be a low-scoring slugfest that stays below the O/U line. I’m going to take the Under in this one and if I was going to take a side, I would probably lean with the Zips and the points as I think this one is going to come down to the wire.