Eastern Michigan vs Akron NCAA Football Picks & Predictions 11/12/2019
Tuesday, November 12, 2019
Mike Glass III and the Eastern Michigan Eagles travel to InfoCision Stadium on Tuesday where they'll meet the Akron Zips. Eastern Michigan opens this game as 17-point favorites. The Eagles are 3-6-0 ATS and 5-2-2 when betting on the total. The Zips are 4-5-0 when wagering on the over/under and 0-9-0 against the spread.
In their last contest, the Eastern Michigan Eagles played the Buffalo Bulls and lost 43-14. Shaq Vann paced the team in rushing for that contest. He had a long run of 11 yards but wasn't able to convert a rushing touchdown. He ran for 33 yards via 6 carries which meant he averaged 5.5 yards per tote. Mathew Sexton was the leader in receiving yardage with a tally of 87 yards on 3 receptions. He had an average of 29.0 yards per catch for that contest. Running the show from under center for the Eagles was Mike Glass III who went 5/10 with 95 yards passing and added 1 TD. He ended the game without an interception. The Eagles ran the football 17 times and racked up 25 yards giving them an average of 1.5 yards per rushing attempt. In the game, the Eagles totaled 6 1st downs and they had a total of 3 penalties for 8 yards which is telling in terms of how disciplined they are. In all, they ran 42 plays which added up to 210 yards. When discussing the defense, Eastern Michigan gave up 15 completions on 23 attempts totaling 208 yards, and a completion percentage of 65.2%. On the day, they allowed a total of 460 yards but didn't force any takeaways. Against the run, the Eagles gave up 252 yards on 62 tries which means they had an average of 4.1 yards per attempt allowed.
The Eagles step onto the field holding a record of 4-5 this year. For total yardage, they sit in 6th in the MAC and 95th in D-1 with 3,398 yards. In terms of scoring, they are one of the marginal teams in the country with an average of 26.2 points per game, ranking them 83rd in D-1. As a team, they have an average of 101 yards on the ground per game which is 11th in the Mid-American Conference. The Eagles have one of the worst defenses in the nation, giving up 33.2 points per game putting them 10th in the conference. When it comes to yards through the air, the Eagles have allowed 2,489 yards. Opponents are completing 63.7% of the throws they are attempting against them and averaging 8.2 yards per attempt. In discussing rushing yards, Eastern Michigan is giving up 209.3 yards per contest which has them at 10th in the conference and 116th in D-1. They are allowing teams to run for an average of 4.8 yards per rush ranking them 6th in the MAC and 95th in the nation overall. Overall, they have allowed 1,884 rushing yards through 9 contests.
In their last game, the Akron Zips went up against the Bowling Green Falcons and were beaten 35-6. Peter Hayes-Patrick paced the team in rushing for that game. He had a long run of 9 yards but he never crossed the endzone by way of the rush. He scurried for 23 yards on 4 carries which gave him an average of 5.8 yards per tote. Nate Stewart was the receiving yardage leader with a tally of 26 yards on 3 receptions. He averaged 8.7 yards per catch for that game. Leading the way at QB for the Zips was Kato Nelson who went 9/24 with 60 yards through the air but wasn't able to throw a ball for a TD. He threw 2 picks during the game. The Zips rushed the ball a total of 31 times and racked up 29 yards giving them an average of 0.9 yards per rushing attempt. On the day, the Zips racked up 7 first downs and they had a total of 6 penalties for 46 yards which is telling of how their week of practice went. For the game, they finished with a total of 57 plays which added up to 100 yards. In terms of defense, Akron conceded 13 catches on 21 tries for a total of 120 yards, and a completion percentage of 61.9%. On the day, they conceded 276 yards and forced 1 turnover. In the running game, the Zips conceded 156 yards on 62 runs which is an average of 2.5 yards per attempt allowed.
The Zips head into this matchup 0-9. Akron is having a year to forget in the ground game by averaging 52.9 yards on the ground per contest, putting them 131st in college football. As a team, they have a total of 476 yards rushing through 9 contests, so they'll need to look to improve on these numbers if they want to compete with the better teams in the nation. The Zips average 255.6 yards per game overall ranking them 130th in college football and 12th in the MAC. The Zips are giving up 35.7 points per contest ranking them 12th in the conference and 119th in Division 1. In terms of points given up, they have given up 321 total points. When talking about rushing yards, they are conceding 202.3 yards per game which puts them at 110th in the nation and 9th in the MAC. This year, they have conceded 1,821 rushing yards and 17.1 rushing touchdowns. Their pass defense is one of the elite units in the nation. They are allowing 187.8 passing yards per game. For yards through the air allowed per game, the Zips are currently ranked 1st in the MAC.
Who will win tonight's Eagles/Zips college football game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Eagles -17
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