Saturday, October 22, 2016
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The Akron Zips take on the Ball State Cardinals on Saturday, October 22, 2016 at Scheumann Stadium. The opening line for this game has Ball State as 2 point favorites. This season the Zips are 2-5-0 against the spread and their over/under record is 5-2-0. The Cardinals have an over/under record of 2-5-0 and they are 5-2-0 against the spread.
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Tra'Von Chapman finished with 153 yards through the air for Akron last week. He completed 13 passes out of 31 attempts for a 42% completion percentage. The Zips were led in rushing by Manny Morgan, who finished with 53 yards on 8 rushes. He ended the contest with an average of 7 yards per carry. Austin Wolf was the team leader in receiving with a total of 50 yards and 2 receptions. He finished the game with an average of 25 yards per reception. As a team in that game Akron got a total of 17 first downs. Of those first downs, 10 came on the ground while 6 came through the air. They ran 59 total plays for 283 yards for the game. The Zips ran for 130 yards on 28 attempts.
Riley Neal finished with 212 yards passing for Ball State last week. He went 12 for 22, resulting in a 55% completion percentage. The Cardinals were led on the ground by James Gilbert, who finished with 264 yards on 34 carries. He ended the game with an average of 8 yards per rush. KeVonn Mabon led the team in receiving with 84 yards and 5 catches. He finished the game with an average of 17 yards per reception. Ball State had 25 first downs total. 14 came from running the ball and 9 came from a pass. They ran 81 total plays for 568 yards for the contest. The Cardinals ran for 356 yards on 59 carries as a team.
Akron scores 32.3 points per game on offense this season, which ranks 49th in Division 1. In the passing department, they average 18.6 passes on 32.3 attempts for a 57.5 percent completion percentage this season. They throw for a total of 265.3 yards per game through the air as well, which ranks them 37th in college football. The Zips run for an average of 130.4 yards per game on 28.7 attempts for an average of 4.5 yards per carry. That ranks them 112th in the nation. They also run 61 plays per contest and average 6.5 yards per play for an average of 395.7 yards per game, ranking their offense 79th overall this season. The Zips average 20.1 first downs per game which ranks them 86th in the country. They accumulate 71.6 penalty yards per game via 8.4 penalties, which ranks 16th in the nation.
Akron allows 280.4 passing yards per game, ranking 113th in D-1, and they allow 34.6 points per contest on defense, which ranks 109th. They give up 22.4 completions on 35.6 attempts per game for a completion percentage of 63.1. The Zips allow 203.4 rushing yards per game on 45.4 carries for an average of 4.5 yards per carry, which ranks their rush defense 97th in the country. Akron allows 483.9 total yards per game including 6 yards per play, which ranks their overall defense 119th in terms of yards per game. They force 1.3 turnovers per contest and get flagged for 7.1 penalties for 74.6 yards per game, ranking them 122nd among D-1 teams.
Ball State averages 28.4 points per game this season on offense, which ranks them 69th in the country. In the passing department, they complete 19.3 passes per game on 32.9 attempts for a 58.7 percent completion percentage. They throw for 217.6 yards through the air per game, ranking them 80th in Division 1. The Cardinals run for an average of 222.4 yards per game on 46.7 attempts for an average of 4.8 yards per carry this season, which ranks them 26th on the ground. They also run 79.6 plays per game and average 5.5 yards per play for a total of 440 yards per game, ranking them 44th in the country on offense. The Cardinals get an average of 23.7 first downs per game, which ranks 30th in the nation. They average 29 penalty yards per game via 3.4 penalties, ranking them 126th in college football.
Ball State allows an average of 277.7 passing yards per game, which ranks 109th in Division 1. Their defense overall allows 24 points per contest, which has them ranked 44th in the nation. They give up 23.1 completions on 37 attempts for a completion percentage of 62.5 per game. The Cardinals allow 149.9 rushing yards per contest on 36.1 carries for a 4.1 average per rush, ranking their overall rush defense 55th in the country. Ball State allows 427.6 total yards per game for an average of 5.8 yards per play, which ranks 89th in D-1. They force 1.3 turnovers per contest and 6.9 penalties for 63.7 yards in each contest, ranking 104th in the nation.
Akron Betting Trends
Akron is 5-2-0 against the over/under this season
Akron has an ATS record of 2-5-0 this season
Ball State Betting Trends
Ball State is 2-5-0 against the over/under this season
Ball State has an ATS record of 5-2-0 this season
Injuries to Watch
10/16/16 WR Jerome Lane Shoulder injured last game, "?" Saturday vs. Ball State
10/16/16 WR Jojo Natson Shoulder "?" Saturday vs. Ball State
10/16/16 DL Se'Von Pittman Undisclosed "?" Saturday vs. Ball State
10/16/16 QB Thomas Woodson Shoulder "?" Saturday vs. Ball State
10/16/16 RB Warren Ball Undisclosed "?" Saturday vs. Ball State
10/05/16 DL Jamal Marcus Undisclosed out for season
10/15/16 OT Steven Bell Undisclosed "?"
08/29/16 OL Andrew Poenitsch Leg out for season
Tony's Pick: Take Ball State
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