The Ohio Bobcats host the Akron Zips tonight in a MAC match-up. It’s our MACtion Akron Ohio free pick.
We’ve seen a lot of late line movement on the point spread with Ohio jumping to a -27.5 favorite. Can they cover the big point spread? If we have a similar result as last season, they’ll crush the Zips.
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Last season when these teams met, Ohio dominated Akron (52-3). The point spread in last year’s game actually closed with the Bobcats favored by -27.5 points.
The Bobcats gained more than 600 yards on offense in last year’s head-to-head game.
Game: Akron Zips (0-1, 0-1 ATS) vs. Ohio Bobcats (0-1, 0-1 ATS)
When: 7:00 PM ET, Tuesday, November 10th, 2020
Where: Peden Stadium in Athens, Ohio
1Vice.ag Current Line: Ohio -27.5 Total: 58
TV Coverage: CBSSN
I wouldn’t recommend touching the total in this game. Akron averaged 10.5 PPG last season, which was easily the worst in the MAC and they only put up 13 points last week against WMU.
Akron lost to WMU (58-13) in a blowout and there’s little reason to think Ohio won’t do the same.
Ohio actually lost their season-opener against CMU (30-27) as a -3 favorite. It was a quick wake up call for the Bobcats. This team is looking to improve upon their 7-6 (5-3 in MAC) record from 2019.
This is the perfect opponent to bounce back quickly, as Akron went winless in 2019.
Big Game Coming from Tuggle
De’Montre Tuggle had 16 carries for 79 yards and 1 TD last week. It wasn’t a great start to the season for him, but this week he has a chance to make up for last week’s performance.
The Zips allowed WMU to rush for 218 yards and 4 TDs last week. Tuggle is going to have a ton of running lanes tonight at home and he’s easily going to exceed 100+ rushing yards.
Defense Steps Up
After losing last week, I expect the Bobcats defense to be hungry for some revenge.
The Zips offense is horrendous and the Bobcats defense is better than they played last week. In 2019, the Bobcats ranked #3 in the MAC in points allowed (27.0 PPG).
Akron Ohio Free Pick
I would be surprised if Akron can score more than 10 points tonight.
Ohio is a much better team than Akron and they’ll dominate on both sides of the football.
The Bobcats are going to score points on the Zips. For tonight’s Akron Ohio free pick, it’ll come down to Ohio’s defense. If they can stop Akron like WMU was able to last week, this will be a blowout that’s over by the first half.
Free Pick: Ohio Bobcats -27.5 (-110)
Free Pick By Scott Jack