Akron Zips (2-2) at Buffalo Bulls (5-1)
|Date & Time||Saturday October 13, 2018, 12:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Buffalo Bulls -9 -- Over/Under:
The Akron Zips and the Buffalo Bulls meet in week 7 college football MAC-tion from UB Stadium in Buffalo, NY on Saturday afternoon.
The Akron Zips will look to get a big road win to get back above .500 after falling to 2-2 with back-to-back losses following a 41-17 loss to Miami-Ohio in their last outing. Kato Nelson has thrown for 865 yards, 7 touchdowns and 5 picks in completing 54.7% of his pass attempts this season while Van Edwards Jr. leads the Zips with 189 rushing yards and Andre Williams leads Akron’s receiving corps with 16 catches for 242 yards and 3 touchdowns this season. Kwadarrius Smith and Nate Stewart each have 12 catches while Jonah Morris has 182 receiving yards this season. As a team, Akron is averaging 326.8 yards of total offense and 27.5 points per game this season.
The Buffalo Bulls will look to add another win to their strong 5-1 start to the season after a 34-24 win over Central Michigan in their last outing. Tyree Jackson has thrown for 1,331 yards, 17 touchdowns and 4 interceptions on 57.6% passing this season while Kevin Marks has 466 rushing yards with 7 touchdowns this season and Jaret Patterson has 264 rushing yards and 4 scores this season. K.J. Osborn leads Buffalo’s receivers with 27 catches for 490 yards and 6 TDs while Anthony Johnson and Charlie Jones each have 3 TD grabs this season. As a team, Buffalo is averaging 398.7 yards of total offense and 34.7 points per game this season.
Akron is 8-3 ATS in their last 11 conference games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games while the under is 28-11 in their last 39 games following a loss. Buffalo is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 conference games and 7-2 ATS in their last 9 home games while the over is 6-0-1 in their last 7 games following a win. The home team is 6-0 ATS in the last 6 meetings between these two teams and Akron is 1-5 ATS in their last 6 trips to Buffalo.
Akron has had success in conference ATS and on the road, and the underdog has fared well in this matchup, covering in 8 of the last 11 meetings between these two. However, Akron hasn’t had a lot of luck in Buffalo, and the Bulls are the team to beat in the MAC this season with Jackson leading the charge under center for the Bulls. The home team has dominated this matchup over the last few years so I’ll bank on that trend continuing and side with Buffalo to get the job done in this one.