Free Week 9 Prediction: Zips vs Bulls Odds
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(5-3) Akron Zips vs. Buffalo Bulls (1-6)
Date: Thursday, October 27
Time: 7:30 pm EST
Venue: UB Stadium, Buffalo, New York
NCAA Football Spread: Akron -17.5
NCAA Betting Total: OFF
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The Zips are having a nice season. They have five wins already making bowl eligibility look inevitable but they are also in great shape to take the Eastern Division in the MAC.
They can’t afford any stumbles though if they want to make that final game against Ohio the difference maker.
Buffalo is not having a good season at all, they are dead last in scoring and it not like their defense is giving them much of a chance either.
The only think they have to play for right now is being a spoiler. They might not win a game the rest of the season.
The Zips have never won more than the eight games they won a year ago. This season they have a great chance to beat that, especially if they get an extra game in the MAC Championship.
Things are a little bit different this season as the offense has really come on, averaging more than 30ppg after just 23ppg a year.
QB Thomas Woodson missed a little time due to injury but he is running a lot less this season and the offense is better for it.
Unfortunately while the offense has improved the defense has regressed.
For four straight seasons they were improving their points allowed all the way to 23ppg last year.
This year that has jumped by 10 points. When they play a team that can actually move the ball and score they have a really tough time stopping them.
They have been better against teams like Buffalo so there might not be too much to worry about.
There is no other way to say it other than Buffalo is bad. They are the most inept scoring team in the nation and they are not going to pitch any shutouts either.
How they pulled it together to beat a disciplined team like Army last month is still a mystery. At most they should have one win left on their schedule, against Miami(Ohio) but that is why they play the games, right.
That win over Army does not really give us any sense as to what the Bulls might do here. In that game they were outplayed and outgained but a couple of turnovers allowed the Bulls to stay in the game.
The same thing could happen against Akron but turnovers are the hardest thing to predict.
They are -3 on the season showing how out of character winning the margin really is for this group.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Zips are 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games after accumulating more than 280 yards passing in their previous game.
- Zips are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 Thursday games.
- Over is 4-1 in Zips last 5 road games vs. a team with a losing home record.
- Under is 5-0 in Bulls last 5 games after allowing more than 200 yards rushing in their previous game.
- Bulls are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 conference games.
- Over is 5-1 in Bulls last 6 Thursday games.
Free Week 9 NCAA Football Prediction
It is easy to make Akron the favourite here, even on the road. The challenge is getting behind this group as 17 point favourites on the road. That is a lot of points for a team that is far from flawless.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: Over
There is no total set yet but I think the over is probably the way to go. Both of these teams are light on defense and the most likely scenario is that the game swings on the more efficient offense rather than big defensive stops.
Look for the Zips to outscore the Bulls by a factor of 2 to 1.
Week 9 Free Score Prediction: Akron 42 – Buffalo 21
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