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How and what to watch for Akron vs. Ohio

Akron and Ohio will get the college football week started with some Tuesday night MACtion.

Akron Zips punter Jerry Fitschen punts during the fourth quarter of the college football game between the Western Michigan Broncos and Akron Zips on November 4, 2020, at Summa Field at InfoCision Stadium in Akron, OH. Photo by Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Akron Zips will look for their first victory since the 2018 season when they head on the road to take on the Ohio Bobcats at Peden Stadium on Tuesday night.

Akron, which went 0-12 last season, is coming off a 58-13 loss to Western Michigan at home to open its season last Wednesday. The Zips held a 7-3 lead early in the game and trailed by just one score midway through the second quarter before Western Michigan took over, scoring 35 unanswered points to end the game. Akron quarterback Zach Gibson completed 18 of 30 passes for 125 yards with a touchdown and interception. Jeremiah Knight rushed the ball 11 times for 74 yards.

Across the sideline Ohio is coming off a close loss to the Central Michigan Chippewas in their season opener last Wednesday after a 30-27 defeat. The game was tied heading into the fourth quarter, but a Central Michigan field goal was the difference. In the loss, Kurtis Rourke got the start at quarterback, completing 12 of 19 passes for 231 yards and two touchdowns. Isiah Cox went for 102 receiving yards with a touchdown and four receptions. De’Montre Tuggle rushed for 79 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries.

Ohio has won the last two games of this series, including 52-3 on the road in 2019.

Game Time/TV Channel/Streaming

You can watch Akron vs. Ohio on Tuesday, November 10th at 7:00 p.m. ET on CBS Sports Network, or you can stream it via the CBS Sports app with a cable or streaming service login.

Point Spread, Totals, Odds, Trends

Point spread: Akron vs. Ohio (-27.5)
Point Total: 59.5
Money line: Akron (+1600) vs. Ohio (-10000)

  • Akron is 1-12 against the spread in its last 13 games.
  • The total went over in four of Akron’s six games.
  • Ohio is 3-8 against the spread in its last 11 games.
  • Ohio is 0-6 against the spread in its last six home games.

Betting splits

Akron: (22% of handle, 45% percent of bets)
Ohio: (78% of handle, 55% percent of bets)

The Best Bet

Akron covered the spread one time in 2019 and did nothing in its season opener to expect much of a difference for this team this season. The Zips lost their opener in Week 1 by 45 points to a Western Michigan team that wasn’t all that great in the MAC last season. The spread is high, but the Zips lost all 12 games by an average of 25.8 points last season and lost by 49 to Ohio. Continue fading Akron until further notice.

Pick: Ohio -27.5

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