Western Michigan at Akron - 11/4/20 College Football Picks and Predictions
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Akron Zips (0-0) vs. Western Michigan Broncos (0-0)
Game Info: Wednesday, November 4, 2020 at 6:00 pm (InfoCision Stadium)
Betting Odds: Akron Zips +16 -- Over/Under: 56.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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Western Michigan faces Akron on Wednesday, November 4th for a Week 10 NCAA football MACtion contest.
The time has finally arrived in the MAC (Mid-American Conference), as college football is back and MACtion has begun! Each team in the MAC will play on Wednesday, November 4th, and the game featured here is Western Michigan against Akron.
Western Michigan had a successful season out of the MAC in 2019 with a regular season record of 7-5. That over .500 record earned Western Michigan a bowl game with Western Kentucky in the First Responder Bowl. Western Kentucky defeated Western Michigan in that game by the final score of 23-20, but it was a solid season for Western Michigan nonetheless. Western Michigan's quarterback of a season ago Jon Wassink graduated, therefore Western Michigan will have a new QB to start 2020. It looks like the redshirt sophomore Kaleb Eleby is the frontrunner to start for Western Michigan, but redshirt junior Griffin Alstott is also an option. Western Michigan will also have to replace starting running back Levante Bellamy (who is now a member of the Denver Broncos), and it looks like Sean Tyler will be the starter in the backfield. Western Michigan will have its number one wideout in Skyy Moore in 2020, and he will be a crucial part of the offense. Western Michigan's defense features four starting seniors in its projected lineup, as overall this is a pretty young team.
2020 can only be an improvement for Akron after its 2019 campaign. Akron went 0-12 last season, as the Zips were arguably the worst team in all of FBS. Akron only scored more than 20 points three times last season, as the offense was the biggest issue for Akron a season ago. Akron returns Kato Nelson and Zach Gibson from a season ago at quarterback. Both quarterbacks played throughout last season, so it will be interesting to see who Akron decides to go with in its first drive. As young as Western Michigan looks on paper, Akron is also very inexperienced on paper, especially on offense. Akron only has three seniors in the projected starting lineup on offense and three on the defensive side as well.
It looks like it could be a long season for Akron yet again in 2020, but Western Michigan could also deal with rust early on in the year. I think the best play in this one is on the under, as I expect this game to be very low-scoring with both teams trying to figure out their offenses.