Akron at Buffalo: 12/12/20 College Football Picks and Prediction
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Buffalo Bulls (4-0) vs Akron Zips (1-4)
Game Info: Saturday, December 12, 2020 at 2:30 pm (UB Stadium)
Betting Odds: Buffalo Bulls -33.5 -- Over/Under: 61.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Akron Zips will travel to UB Stadium to take on the Buffalo Bulls this Saturday afternoon in College Football action.
The Akron Zips improved to 1-4 on the season after defeating the Bowling Green Falcons, 31-3, this past Saturday. Akron was outstanding defensively against Bowling Green and had no trouble securing the victory after going into halftime with a 17-3 lead. Akron was outgained by Bowling Green by a 295-282 margin, however, won the turnover battle by a 3-0 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Zips was RB Teon Dollard who had 185 rushing yards & 2 TD’s on 26 carries.
On the season, Akron is averaging 19.2 ppg on 296.6 total yards per game (145.2 passing yds/g; 151.4 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Akron has been led by RB Teon Dollard who has 641 yards & 6 TD’s on 105 carries. QB Zach Gibson has completed 58.8% of his passes for 725 yards, 4 TD, & 5 INT. The top receiving threats for the Zips have been Nate Stewart (12 rec, 178 yards, TD), George Qualls Jr (12 rec, 160 yards, TD), and Tony Grimes Jr. (11 rec, 126 yards).
Defensively, Akron is allowing their opponents to average 38.4 ppg on 450.4 total yards per game (238.2 passing yds/g; 212.2 rushing yds/g).
The Buffalo Bulls has their last game against Ohio cancelled due to Covid-19 and come into this game with an overall record of 4-0 after defeating the Kent State Golden Flashes, 70-41, on November 28th. Buffalo got a record performance from RB Jaret Patterson and had no trouble pulling away from the Golden Flashes after taking a 49-31 lead late in the 3rd quarter. Leading the way for the Bulls was RB Jaret Patterson who had an incredible 409 yards & 8 TD’s on 36 carries.
On the season, Buffalo is averaging 50.8 ppg on 511.5 total yards per game (188.3 passing yds/g; 323.3 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Buffalo has been led by the RB duo of Jaret Patterson (107 att, 920 yards, 16 TD) & Kevin Marks Jr. (53 att, 328 yards, 3 TD). QB Kyle Vantrease has completed 60.3% of his passes for 753 yards, 5 TD, & 1 INT. The top receiving threats for the Bulls have been Antonio Nunn (19 rec, 348 yards, 2 TD), Trevor Wilson (5 rec, 128 yards, TD), Zac Lefebvre (6 rec, 109 yards, TD), and Jovany Ruiz (8 rec, 91 yards, TD).
Defensively, Buffalo is allowing their opponents to average 24.5 ppg on 408.0 total yards per game (230.5 passing yds/g; 177.5 rushing yds/g).
The Zips are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games in December and just 2-6 ATS in their last 8 road games. Buffalo are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall and 20-6 ATS in their last 26 home games.
Akron was able to pick up there first win of the season, however, this is still not a very good football team as the Zips have really struggled defensively, coming into this game ranked 120th in scoring defense and 107th in rushing defense. Buffalo comes into this game as the top scoring offense in the country and as Jaret Patterson and the Bulls rushing attack should be able to have another big day on the ground, I’m taking Buffalo to cover this large home spread. Good Luck!