This Mid-American Conference East matchup has the first-place Ohio Bobcats (8-2 Overallm 5-1 MAC) at the second-place Akron Zips (5-5 Overall, 4-2 MAC). The Bobcats are a scoring-machine, while the Zips definitely are not. Both teams are holding opponents to about 24 PPG. But that’s where the comparison ends. Our Ohio plays Akron college football free pick has the Bobcats at -11 and the over/under at 53.0.
Ohio- Pluses and Minuses
The Bobcats are averaging 40.9 PPG. Their ground game is their bread and butter. QB Nathan Rourke (56.3 COMP%, 14 TDs 4 INTs) does a decent job of spreading his passes out amongst his receivers. Brendan Cope (33 REC, 471 YDs, 14.3 AVG, 4 TDs) is his top target. Rourke is the major scorer on this team, as he has 17 rushing TDs. He’s averaging 6.5 YPA, while RB A.J. Ouellette (158 ATT, 897 YDs, 5.7 AVG, 7 TDs) is a top-notch offensive weapon. The team’s D is solid versus the run, but they have problems against the pass. We do expect the Zips to score a few points tonight.
- Great ground attack
- Adequate passing game
- D can stop the run
Akron- Pluses and Minuses
The Zips have a tough time on both sides of the ball. Their offense doesn’t have quite enough going for it with either the run or pass. They are averaging under 22 PPG, while the D is allowing close to 25. The Zip defense is lacking versus the pass and especially against the run. The question for tonight’s game is who will QB? Senior Thomas Woodson was suspended last week and will be a game-time decision tonight. If he does not play, then red-shirted freshman Kato Nelson will play. Woodson is completing 58% of his passes and has 14 TDs and 8 INTs. Nelson played last week and tossed one TD and one 1 INT while completing 51% of his tosses. Kwadarrius Smith has caught four TD passes and RB Warren Ball has rushed for four scores.
- Lacking D
- QB questions
- Not a lot of offense
Three Top Takeaways
Here’s what we see being important in our Ohio plays Akron college football free pick:
- Ohio has a sound offense
- Akron will struggle to score
- Look for points to go on the board tonight
Our Ohio at Akron Picks
We’re cutting to the chase on this. Our Ohio plays Akron college football free pick is the Bobcats at -11.0 and over 53.0 We see Ohio as dominating tonight.