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College Football Handicapping: Week 8
(3-3) Akron Zips vs. Toledo Rockets (5-1)
Date: Saturday, October 21
Time: 12:00 pm EST
Venue: Glass Bowl, Toledo, OH.
NCAA Football Spread: Toledo -14.5
NCAA Betting Total: 56.5
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Akron became the first MAC team to win its first three games last week when it met the only other 2–0 team in the conference.
Now, the Zips try to keep it going against another team that is trying to make it three out of three themselves.
Last week, Akron’s game at Western Michigan was delayed a day due to flooding at WMU’s campus. The Zips won anyhow, 14–13. At the time, they were the only two 2–0 teams in the MAC.
Now Akron is 3–0, alone in first place in the MAC and a full two games clear of every team except Ohio in the MAC East. And, for a second week in a row, they will make a trip to an undefeated team from the MAC West.
The offense struggled for the first time in conference. Akron jumped out to a quick 14–0 lead, senior quarterback Thomas Woodson throwing a touchdown Kobie Booker followed by Manny Morgan’s one-yard touchdown plunge. Then the offense went silent.
The Zips wouldn’t score again but the defense did just enough to hold on to the lead. They gave up a field goal in the second quarter and nothing else until the fourth quarter, when the Broncos made it interesting with 10 points to close to 14–13 but didn’t get any closer.
The Zips look legitimate as a MAC contender. They lost three games early on in non-conference play to three teams that are currently 14–4, including no. 2 Penn State.
Now, they have a chance to further their stranglehold on the rest of the conference by knocking off a 2–0 team at the top of the West Division for a second consecutive week.
Both Toledo and Northern Illinois were 1–0 last week and took advantage of Western Michigan’s loss, surpassing the Broncos in the MAC West and keeping pace with Akron in the East.
The Rockets went on the road for the first time in the conference and tripled up Central Michigan, 30–10.
The offense looked crisp, scoring touchdowns in each of the first two quarters and taking a 17–0 lead into halftime. The Chippewas got a field goal to begin the third but Toledo made it 30–3 before CMU’s only touchdown in garbage time of the fourth.
All four of Toledo’s touchdowns came on the ground in the first game without their top wide receiver Cody Thompson, who broke his leg in the prior week’s win over Eastern Michigan. The injury ended the career for the senior who was named First Team All-MAC last season.
That’s no problem when you can rip off 310 yards on 56 carries like the Rockets did last week. Terry Swanson led the way 145 of those yards and two scores.
It will be important for Toledo to establish the very running game that you can bet Akron will be gearing up to stop from the first play from scrimmage. Western Michigan rushed 53 times for 244 yards against the Zips’ defense last week.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Under is 24-9 in AKR last 33 road games.
- Under is 38-15 in AKR last 53 conference games.
- Under is 45-18 in AKR last 63 games overall.
- Under is 6-1-1 in TOL last 8 conference games.
- Under is 7-2-1 in TOL last 10 games as a favorite.
- TOL are 2-7 ATS in their last 9 games overall.
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I like Toledo at home. The offense is a little more dynamic, even without Thompson. And at home, they should be able to get their ground game going.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: Akron +14.5
That said, Akron has the resolve to keep it within two scores.
Week 8 Free Score Prediction: Akron 17 – Toledo 24
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