Akron vs. Buffalo - 10/19/19 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Akron vs. Buffalo - 10/19/19 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Jeff Blake-USA TODAY Sports

Buffalo Bulls (2-4) at Akron Zips (0-6)

College Football: Saturday, October 19, 2019 at 3:30 pm (InfoCision Stadium-Summa Field)

The Line: Akron Zips +17.5 -- Over/Under: 48 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Buffalo Bulls and the Akron Zips meet in week 8 college football MAC-tion from Summa Field at InfoCision Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

The Buffalo Bulls will look to rebound after losing 4 of their last 5 games following a 21-20 overtime loss to Ohio in their last outing. Matt Myers has thrown for 602 yards, 6 touchdowns and 4 interceptions on 46.7% passing while Jaret Patterson has rushed for 598 yards and 4 touchdowns and Kevin Marks has 532 rushing yards and a pair of touchdowns. Antonio Nunn leads Buffalo’s receiving group with 18 catches for 268 yards and 2 touchdowns. Defensively, Tyrone Hill leads Buffalo with 44 total tackles including a team-high 30 solo tackles while Malcolm Koonce has a team-high 4.5 sacks. As a team, Buffalo is averaging 368.5 yards of total offense and 24.3 points per game while allowing 316 yards of total defense and 27.8 points per game against this season.

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The Akron Zips will be looking for their first win of the season after dropping to 0-6 with a 26-3 loss to Kent State in their last outing. Kato Nelson has thrown for 1,265 yards, 8 touchdowns and 3 interceptions while also leading the Zips in rushing with 136 rushing yards. Nate Stewart leads the Zips’ receiving corps with 26 catches for 391 yards and 3 touchdowns while Dustin Burkhart has 320 receiving yards. John Lako leads Akron with 68 total tackles including a team-high 30 solo tackles while Bubba Arslanian is 2nd with 61 total tackles. As a team, Akron is averaging 309.8 yards of total offense and 14.3 points per game while allowing 439.3 yards of total defense and 36 points per game against this season.

Buffalo is 0-4 ATS in their last 4 road games and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games overall while the over is 5-2 in their last 7 conference games. Akron is 0-6 ATS in their last 6 games overall and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 home games while the under is 41-17 in their last 58 conference games. The home team is 7-0 ATS in the last 7 meetings between these two teams.

Something has to give here as Buffalo’s gone 0-3 ATS on the road while Akron has gone 0-6 ATS this season as a whole. However, Buffalo may have the better record and numbers, but the Bulls have never won a game in Akron so it’s kind of hard to cover this kind of heavy line when you can’t win period. Based on that alone and since I don’t have much of an idea otherwise, I’ll take Akron and the points but realistically I’m not betting this game.

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Chris’s Pick Akron +17.5

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