Akron vs Miami NCAA Football Picks 11/20/2019
Game: Akron Zips vs Miami RedHawks
Date: Wednesday, November 20, 2019
Location: Fred Yager Stadium in Oxford, OH
Odds/Point Spread: Miami -29
Fred Yager Stadium is the venue where Brett Gabbert and the Miami RedHawks will take on the Akron Zips on Wednesday. Miami opens this matchup as 29-point favorites. The Zips are 0-10-0 ATS and 5-5-0 when betting on the total. The RedHawks are 5-5-0 when wagering on the over/under and 6-4-0 against the spread.
In their last game, the Akron Zips played the Eastern Michigan Eagles and were beaten 42-14. Peter Hayes-Patrick led the team on the ground during the game. He had a long run of 11 yards but wasn't able to convert a rushing touchdown. He racked up a total of 43 yards on 13 carries which meant he averaged 3.3 yards per run. Jeremiah Knight was the leader in receiving yardage by earning 121 yards on 6 receptions. He averaged 20.2 yards per reception during the game. Running the show from under center for the Zips was Kato Nelson who went 20/33 with 288 yards passing and completed 2 TD's. He gave away 1 pick on the day. The Zips ran the ball a total of 23 times and racked up 54 yards earning them an average of 2.3 yards per attempt. On the day, they finished with a total of 56 plays for a total of 342 yards. Overall, the Zips had a total of 14 first downs and they had 4 penalties for 35 yards which is telling of how their week of practice went. When discussing the defense, Akron allowed 20 completions on 25 tries for a total of 246 yards, and a completion percentage of 80.0%. On the ground, the Zips allowed 252 yards on 42 runs which is an average of 6.0 yards per carry allowed. Overall, they gave up 498 yards but weren't able to add any takeaways.
The Zips come into this game with a record of 0-10 for the 2019 season. They are one of lowest scoring teams in the nation averaging 10.6 points per contest, which has them at 131st in D-1. As a unit, they are averaging 53 yards on the ground per contest which is 12th in the conference. For total yardage, they currently sit at 12th in the MAC and 130th in D-1 with 2,642 yards. The Zips have one of the worst defenses in the nation, giving up 36.3 points per game putting them 12th in the MAC. When it comes to passing yards, the Zips have allowed 2,112 yards. Opponents are completing 67.1% of the throws they are attempting against them and averaging 7.7 yards per attempt. When it comes to rushing yards, Akron is allowing 207.3 yards per contest ranking them 10th in the Mid-American Conference and 115th in Division 1. They are allowing teams to run for an average of 4.4 yards per carry which has them at 3rd in the Mid-American Conference and 79th in the country overall. In total, they have allowed 2,073 yards rushing through 10 games.
In their last contest, the Miami RedHawks played the Bowling Green Falcons and won 44-3. Leading the way at QB for the RedHawks was Brett Gabbert who went 9/15 with 225 yards passing and added 3 touchdowns. He threw 1 pick on the day. Jaylon Bester paced the team in rushing for the game. He tore off a long run of 59 yards and he added 2 TD's for the game. He scurried for 85 yards on 9 carries which gave him an average of 9.4 yards per carry. Jalen Walker led the team in receiving yardage by earning 60 yards on 1 catch. He earned an average of 60.0 yards per catch for the game. The RedHawks ended up rushing 36 times and earned 187 yards which gave them an average of 5.2 yards per rushing attempt. For the contest, the RedHawks earned 17 1st downs and they had a total of 2 infractions for 15 yards which means they were extremely disciplined in this game. In all, they totaled 52 plays which added up to 425 yards. When it comes to their defensive performance, Miami conceded 11 catches on 27 tries totaling 90 yards, and a completion percentage of 40.7%. For this contest, they conceded a total of 275 yards and forced 3 takeaways. In the running game, the RedHawks conceded 185 yards on 45 carries which is an average of 4.1 yards per attempt allowed.
The RedHawks come into this matchup with a record of 6-4. In discussing the offensive production, the RedHawks have an offense that could be called mediocre in the country. Miami hasn't done much to make teams fear their rushing game by averaging 132.8 yards on the ground per game, putting them 104th in college football. As a unit, they have a total of 1,328 yards rushing through 10 games, so they'll need to look to improve on these numbers if they want to compete with the better teams in the nation. The RedHawks average 309.4 yards per game overall which has them at 122nd in college football and 11th in the conference. The RedHawks are giving up 28.8 points per contest which puts them at 5th in the conference and 76th in the nation. Their passing defense is one of the top groups in the nation. They are conceding 191.3 passing yards per game. For passing yards allowed per game, the RedHawks are ranked 1st in the MAC. In regard to points given up, they have given up 288 total points. In terms of yards on the ground, they are conceding 190 yards per game ranking them 95th in the country and 6th in the conference. For the 2019 season, they have conceded 1,900 yards rushing and 18 rushing touchdowns.
Who will win tonight's Zips/RedHawks college football game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Zips +29
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