Free Week 5 Prediction: Zips vs Golden Flashes Odds
Looking for Akron Zips vs. Kent State Golden Flashes free picks? Week 5 College football betting sees the Zips taking on the Golden Flashes on Saturday October 1 at Dix Stadium, Kent, Ohio. Cappers Picks provides complimentary handicapping picks all NCAA football season long so stay tuned for more FREE college football predictions.
(2-2) Akron Zips vs. Kent State Golden Flashes (1-3)
Date: Saturday, October 1
Time: 3:30 pm EST
Venue: Dix Stadium, Kent, Ohio
NCAA Football Spread:Akron -7
NCAA Betting Total: 54.5
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MAC rivals meet on Saturday afternoon as the Akron Zips take on the Kent State Golden Flashes.
The Wagon Wheel is on the line as Akron looks to retain it after last years 20-0 shut out victory.
The Zips have alternated wins and losses over their first 4 games and the program continues to take steps in the right direction after last seasons bowl win.
Akron has an impressive win over Marshall on the road under their belts and nearly took down Appalachian State last week, but came up just short while putting up 38 points.
Scoring, which has never been Akron’s things, has really picked up this season. The Zips are averaging 40 points per game on the season.
Akron has leaned on QB Thomas Woodson, who has tossed for 1247 yards while throwing for 13 touchdowns to just 4 interceptions.
While Woodson should have a field day with this Kent State secondary, the Akron defense should enjoy plenty of success here.
The Zips have really struggled on the defensive side of the ball, but they’ll get a look at an offense from Kent State that has no firepower.
Kent State Golden Flashes
The Golden Flashes will certainly be looking for a little bit of revenge after getting knocked around last season by Akron, but the issue here is does Kent State have enough to compete?
They’ll certainly need to change their style as the Kent State offense has once again been one of the worst in the nation. Granted they get an out last week as they dealt with the Alabama defense, but overall the Golden Flashes have averaged just 19 points per game.
Kent State will turn to QB George Bollas after seeing Mylik Mitchell go down with a wrist injury.
Bollas got his feet wet last season as the Golden Flashes starting QB, but has yet to make an impact in his time under center.
For Kent to compete here, it will start from their defense. The Golden Flashes defense was overshadowed last year by how bad their offense was, but this season has been a different story.
Kent State has struggled on the defensive side of the ball, allowing big play after big play and not getting off the field on third downs.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Zips are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games after allowing more than 450 total yards in their previous game.
- Zips are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games after allowing more than 40 points in their previous game.
- Zips are 4-9 ATS in their last 13 games following a ATS loss.
- Golden Flashes are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games in October.
- Golden Flashes are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games following a straight up loss.
- Golden Flashes are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 home games.
Free Week 5 NCAA Football Prediction
The Golden Flashes have been on the decline for a few years now, while Akron trends upwards.
This season, Akron has been far more impressive on the offensive side.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: Akron -7
Look for Akron to have a lot of success through the air, as the Golden Flashes simply cannot keep up with them.
Week 5 Free Score Prediction: Akron 33- Kent State 13
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