Ohio vs Akron NCAA Football Picks & Predictions 11/26/2019
Game: Ohio Bobcats vs Akron Zips
Date: Tuesday, November 26, 2019
Location: InfoCision Stadium in Akron, OH
Odds/Point Spread: Akron +26.5
InfoCision Stadium is the site where Kato Nelson and the Akron Zips will play the Ohio Bobcats on Tuesday. The spread on this contest has Ohio as 26.5-point favorites. The Bobcats are 3-8-0 ATS and 6-5-0 when betting on the total. The Zips are 5-6-0 when wagering on the over/under and 1-10-0 against the spread.
In their last contest, the Ohio Bobcats faced the Bowling Green Falcons and ended up getting the victory by a score of 66-24. O'Shaan Allison led the team on the ground for the game. His longest run of the day went for 54 yards and he added 3 touchdowns for the game. He rushed for a total of 175 yards via 12 carries which had him averaging 14.6 yards per run. Isiah Cox was the receiving yardage leader with a tally of 83 yards on 4 receptions. He earned an average of 20.8 yards per reception for the game. Taking the lead at quarterback for the Bobcats was Nathan Rourke who went 14/21 with 267 yards passing and tossed 3 TD's. He finished the game without throwing an interception. The Bobcats ended up running the ball 40 times and racked up a total of 342 yards giving them an average of 8.6 yards per carry. Overall, the Bobcats totaled 23 first downs and they totaled 11 penalties for 93 yards which shows us that this team didn't have their heads in this game. In all, they ran 61 plays which gave them a total of 609 yards. When it comes to their defensive performance, Ohio allowed 21 completions on 34 attempts totaling 250 yards, and a completion percentage of 61.8%. For the game, they allowed 418 yards and earned 5 takeaways. In the running game, the Bobcats allowed 168 yards on 42 attempts which means they had an average of 4.0 yards per carry allowed.
The Bobcats head into this matchup 5-6 for this season. They are one of top scoring teams in the nation with an average of 33.1 points per contest, which has them at 38th in the nation. As a unit, they have an average of 213.4 rushing yards per contest which is 5th in the MAC. For total yardage, they are currently ranked 5th in the conference and 52nd in the nation with 4,717 yards. The Bobcats have one of the middle tier defenses in Division 1, giving up 29.2 points per contest ranking them 5th in the MAC. When it comes to passing yards, the Bobcats have allowed 2,371 yards. Teams are completing 62.8% of the throws they are attempting against them and averaging 7.8 yards per attempt. In regard to yards on the ground, Ohio is allowing 190.4 yards per contest which has them at 7th in the MAC and 96th in the nation. Opposing teams are running for an average of 5 yards per carry which has them at 8th in the MAC and 108th in D-1 overall. In total, they have allowed 2,094 rushing yards through 11 contests.
The last time they took the field, the Akron Zips faced the Miami RedHawks and ended up taking the loss by a score of 20-17. Peter Hayes-Patrick led the team in rushing for the game. His longest run of the day went for 7 yards but wasn't able to convert a rushing touchdown. He scurried for 17 yards via 6 carries which means he ran for an average of 2.8 yards per run. Nate Stewart was the leader in receiving yardage by racking up 66 yards on 3 receptions. He earned an average of 22.0 yards per reception for the game. Taking the lead at quarterback for the Zips was Kato Nelson who went 15/25 with 197 yards passing and tossed 1 touchdown. He ended the game with no interceptions. The Zips ended up running the ball 29 times and totaled 5 yards giving them an average of 0.2 yards per rush. In all, they ran 54 plays for a total of 202 yards. In the game, the Zips got 11 first downs and they totaled 9 penalties for 63 yards telling us that this team was extremely undisciplined. On the defensive side of the ball, Akron allowed 10 completions on 22 attempts totaling 117 yards, and a completion percentage of 45.5%. On the day, they allowed a total of 358 yards and forced 2 takeaways. In the running game, the Zips allowed 241 yards on 50 runs which gave them an average of 4.8 yards per rushing attempt allowed.
The Zips head into this matchup 0-11. In discussing the offensive production, the Zips leave a lot to be desired in terms of scoring in the nation. Akron needs to do more to make teams respect their running game by averaging 48.6 rushing yards per game, ranking them 131st in D-1. As a team, they have a total of 535 rushing yards through 11 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 Zips average 258.5 yards per game overall ranking them 131st in the country and 12th in the Mid-American Conference. The Zips are conceding 34.8 points per contest ranking them 11th in the Mid-American Conference and 116th in Division 1. Their passing defense is one of the best groups in the country. They are conceding 186.6 passing yards per contest. For yards through the air allowed per game, the Zips are ranked 1st in the Mid-American Conference. When talking about points allowed, they have given up 383 points in total. In discussing yards on the ground, they are allowing 210.4 yards per game ranking them 117th in the nation and 9th in the conference. This year, they have given up a total of 2,314 yards on the ground and 25.3 rushing TDs.
Who will win tonight's Bobcats/Zips college football game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Bobcats -26.5
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