Central Michigan vs. Akron - 9/14/19 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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Akron at Central Michigan

Saturday, September 14, 2019 at 2:00 PM (Kelly/Shorts Stadium)

Central Michigan -3.5 -- O/U: 46.5

TV: ESPN+

The Akron Zips and the Central Michigan Chippewas meet in week 3 college football MAC-tion from Kelly/Shorts Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

The Akron Zips will look to bounce back from an 0-2 start after a 31-20 loss to UAB in their last outing. Kato Nelson leads the Zips in passing with 481 passing yards, 2 touchdowns and an interception on 35 of 68 passing for a 51.5% completion percentage. Deltron Sands leads the Zips in rushing with 56 rushing yards and a touchdown while Dustin Burkhart has a team-high 217 receiving yards and Nate Stewart has a team-high 9 receptions for 107 yards and a touchdown. Defensively, Bubba Arslanian leads Akron with 11 tackles and a sack while John Lako is 2nd with 8 tackles. As a team, Akron is averaging 292.5 yards of total offense and 11.5 points per game while allowing 401.5 yards and 36.5 points per game this season.

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The Central Michigan Chippewas will look to rebound from their first loss of the season, falling to 1-1 on the year with a 61-0 loss to Wisconsin in their last outing. Quinten Dormady has thrown for 321 yards, 3 touchdowns and an interception on 32 of 49 passing for a 65.3% completion percentage. Jonathan Ward leads the Chips in rushing with 161 yards and a pair of touchdowns while Tyrone Scott had a team-high 93 receiving yards and a pair of touchdowns and Kalil Pimpleton has a team-high 11 receptions for 58 yards and a touchdown. Defensively, Devonni Reed leads the Chippewas with 5 tackles. As a team, Central Michigan is averaging 302 yards of total offense and 19 points per game while allowing 421.5 yards and 41 points per game this season.

Akron is 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games overall and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 conference games while the under is 32-13 in their last 45 road games. Central Michigan is 1-6 ATS in their last 7 conference games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games while the under is 5-0 in their last 5 games against a team with a losing record. Akron is 2-5-1 ATS in the last 8 meetings between these two teams and 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings between these two teams at Central Michigan.

The points with Akron are worth a look given that the Zips won the meeting last season and a lot of the head-to-head matchups in the 2000s have been close with six of 11 meetings being decided by 8 points or less. However, the Chippewas have pretty much owned Akron over the years and while the Chippewas got whooped by Wisconsin, I think it was a good learning experience and Central Michigan will come out firing here so I’ll lay the points with Central Michigan in this one.

Chris’s Pick Central Michigan -3.5

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.