Akron vs. Kent State - 10/12/19 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Kent State Golden Flashes (2-3) at Akron Zips (0-5)
College Football: Saturday, October 12, 2019 at 3:30 pm (InfoCision Stadium-Summa Field)
The Line: Akron Zips +11 -- Over/Under: Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Kent State Golden Flashes and Akron Zips meet Saturday in college football action at InfoCision Stadium.
The Kent State Golden Flashes need their first road win here to get a game above a .500 record. The Kent State Golden Flashes have lost nine of their last 10 road games. Dustin Crum is completing 71.3 percent of his passes for 725 yards, five touchdowns and zero interceptions. Crum has five touchdown passes in his last four games. Isaiah McKoy and Kavious Price have combined for 437 receiving yards and five touchdowns while Antwan Dixon has 13 receptions. The Kent State Golden Flashes ground game is averaging 158.4 yards per contest, and Jo-El Shaw leads the way with 298 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, Kent State is allowing 35.2 points and 481 yards per game. Mandela Lawrence-Burke leads the Kent State Golden Flashes with 34 tackles, Theo Majette has four sacks and Jamal Parker has two interceptions.
The Akron Zips are still looking for they first victory after a rough 0-5 start. The Akron Zips have lost their last four home games. Kato Nelson is completing 57.1 percent of his passes for 1,068 yards, eight touchdowns and three interceptions. Nelson has eight touchdown passes in his last four games. Dustin Burkhart and Nate Stewart have combined for 640 receiving yards and four touchdowns while Jeremiah Knight has 13 receptions. The Akron Zips ground game is averaging 50 yards per contest, and Deltron Sands leads the way with 88 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Akron is allowing 38 points and 450.8 yards per game. John Lako leads the Akron Zips with 58 tackles, John MItchell has one sack and Shawn Featherstone has one interception.
The Golden Flashes are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games following a ATS loss and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 road games. The Zips are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 home games, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 conference games and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Golden Flashes are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 meetings in Akron and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings. The under is 59-28 in Zips last 87 games overall. The under is 5-0 in Golden Flashes last 5 games in October.
The Kent State Golden Flashes are 3-5-1 ATS in their last nine games as double-digit favorite. The Akron Zips have split their last eight games ATS as a double-digit underdog. We're getting a free 11 points with an Akron team that may not be good, but the Zips are at home and have had an extra week to prepare for this game. The Kent State Golden Flashes just got crushed last week by Wisconsin and needed overtime to beat Kennesaw State earlier in the season. I'm simply not laying this much chalk when we have two below average / bad teams. If I was to get involved in this game, I'd have to lean toward Akron and the free points.