Free NCAA Football Prediction: Zips vs. Buckeyes Odds
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College Football Handicapping Analysis: Week 2
(1-2) Akron Zips vs. Ohio State Buckeyes (2-1)
Date: Saturday, September 25th, 2021
Time: 7:30 PM EST
Venue: Ohio Stadium in Columbus, OH
NCAA Football ATS Spread Odds: Akron +49.5 / Ohio State -49.5
NCAA Football Moneyline Odds: Akron +10000 / Ohio State NA
NCAA Betting Total Odds: O/U 67.5
Akron will stay in the Buckeye State as they make a short trip South to take on #10 Ohio State this Saturday. Akron picked up their first win of the season last weekend and they’ll try to keep that momentum rolling as come into Ohio Stadium looking to pull off a major upset.
Akron finally got in the win column last week with a 35-14 home win over FCS opponent Bryant. The game was tied heading into the final quarter but the Zips dominated the final frame, blanking the Bulldogs 21-0.
This may turn out to be the Irons Show for Akron. DJ Irons is a tall (6-6, 215) dual-threat quarterback who leads the Zips in both passing and rushing. He is currently second in the MAC in total offense (233 ypg) and has already accounted for seven total touchdowns (five passing, two rushing).
Akron is an astronomical underdog in this matchup as they are nearly getting 50 points from the linemakers. That number may not be too far off as the Zips lost in similar fashion in week 1 on the road to Auburn 60-10.
Ohio State Buckeyes
Ohio State struggled on the road in week 1 to Minnesota and the team looked very vulnerable, especially on the defensive side. The Buckeyes eventually pulled away due to the overwhelmingly more talented roster but there were many flaws that were apparent throughout the team.
A week later Ohio State was given a much harder test with #12 Oregon at home and the flaws from a week ago reappeared. The defense had no answer for Oregon’s ground game as CJ Verdell ran for 161 yards and 2 TD’s on 20 carries and the team ran for 269 yards as a group.
The Ducks held on to win 35-28 which marked Ohio State’s first home loss since 2017 and first regular-season defeat under Day, who is in his 3rd season as head coach.
The Buckeyes were expected to bounce back against Tulsa at home but struggled throughout and only held a touchdown lead with less than four minutes to play. CJ Stroud threw a late TD to Garrett Wilson and then the defense scored a pick-6 on the next possession to pull away 41-20.
This Buckeyes team does not look as dominant as years past and will have some major work to be done in order to run the table convincingly and try to make their way back into playoff contention.
It was announced earlier in the week that Quarterback C.J. Stroud will be used only in an emergency capacity on Saturday against Akron as he continues to deal with a nagging shoulder injury.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Akron has never beaten a top 10 ranked team
- Ohio State is 25-2 SU in its last 27 games at home
- Ohio State is 24-3 SU in its last 27 games
- Ohio State is 0-3 ATS this season
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This is a huge line to lay against Ohio State no matter who they are playing. They have yet to cover a spread this season as this team looks significantly weaker than those of years prior.
Add in the injury to CJ Stroud and the Buckeyes will be relying on an inexperienced tandem of QB’s to lead this offense on Saturday.
I’m taking the Zips to do enough to keep it close and benefit from the Buckeyes letting off the gas pedal late to allow Akron to cover.
4* Free Week 3 NCAA Betting Pick: Akron +49.5
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