Massachusetts vs. Akron
Saturday, September 28, 2019 at 2:31 PM (McGuirk Alumni Stadium)
The Line: Massachusetts +5 -- Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Akron Zips and UMass Minutemen meet Saturday in college football action at Warren McGuirk Alumni Stadium.
The Akron Zips need a win here to rebound from a brutal 0-4 start to the season. The Akron Zips have lost five straight road games. Kato Nelson is completing 54.7 percent of his passes for 922 yards, six touchdowns and two interceptions. Nelson has six touchdown passes in his last three games. Dustin Burkhart and Nate Stewart have combined for 453 receiving yards and two touchdowns while Andre Williams has 10 receptions. The Akron Zips ground game is averaging 46 yards per contest, and Deltron Sands leads the way with 80 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Akron is allowing 38.3 points and 455.3 yards per game. John Lako leads the Akron Zips with 45 tackles, John MItchell has one sack and Shawn Featherstone has one interception.
The UMass Minutemen also ned a victory after an 0-4 start to the season. The UMass Minutemen have lost five of their last six home games. Randall West is completing 62.7 percent of his passes for 351 yards, three touchdown and two interceptions. West has three touchdown passes on his last 62 pass attempts. Zak Simon and Brennon Dingle have combined for 274 receiving yards and two touchdowns while Samuel Emilus has nine receptions. The UMass Minutemen ground game is averaging 137.5 yards per contest, and Bilal Ally leads the way with 256 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, UMass is allowing 51.8 points and 561.3 yards per game. Cole McCubrey leads the UMass Minutemen with 34 tackles, Dennis Osagiede has one sack and Isaiah Rodgers has two interceptions.
The Zips are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 road games, 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS loss and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Minutemen are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 home games, 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS loss and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The under is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings. The over is 4-1 in Minutemen last 5 games overall. The under is 59-27 in Zips last 86 games overall.
The Akron Zips have failed to cover five of their last six games as a favorite. The UMass Minutemen have failed to cover nine of their last 11 games as an underdog. The Akron Zips probably have more talent from top to bottom and should be favored here, but neither of these clubs have looked good through four games if we're being honest. These are also two teams that haven't been very profitable dating back to last season. This is one of those games I pay zero attention to and am not trying to get involved betting wise. However, if forced to pick, I'd want the points in my back pocket with the home team. It's the one edge we have in this smelly contest.