Buffalo at Akron Prediction - College Football Picks 9/30/23

Akron Zips (1-3) vs Buffalo Bulls (0-4)

Game Info: Saturday, September 30, 2023 at 12:00 pm (Summa Field at InfoCision Stadium)

Betting Odds: Akron Zips -1.5 -- Over/Under: 55.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Akron Zips will host the Buffalo Bulls for a MAC matchup this weekend from InfoCision Stadium. Buffalo and Akron have crossed paths in nearly every season since 1999, and the series is split at 11-11, as the Bulls have knotted things up after winning five straight meetings, including last year’s contest by one, 23-22.

Buffalo Bulls Preview

Buffalo dropped to 0-4 after falling to Louisiana in Lafayette by a touchdown, 45-38. The Bulls dropped all four of their non-conference games, and they’ll look to turn things around with MAC play about to kick in. The Buffalo offense is scoring 29.8 ppg, while passing for 232.5 ypg, rushing for 121.0 ypg, and converting 29.5% of their third downs.

Buffalo Player Notes

• Cole Snyder struggled with consistency against last week, going 17/34 for 198 yards, with a touchdown to a pair of picks. The senior quarterback has turned the ball over in consecutive games, and he’ll look to clean things up here in Akron. Snyder has passed for 933 yards with ten touchdowns to four interceptions thru four games.

• Mike Washington Jr. gained a season-high 88 yards against Louisiana, and he now leads Buffalo in rushing (234).  

• Senior wideout Cole Harrity has caught five passes or more in three of four contests, and he leads the Bulls in catches (19) with 136 receiving yards.

• The Buffalo defense has allowed 44.5 points per game.

 

Akron Zips Preview

Akron fell to 1-3 after losing to Indiana in Bloomington by two, 29-27.  The Zips nearly pulled off the upset victory after taking the Hoosiers to four overtime periods, and they’ll look to avoid a third straight loss this weekend. The Akron offense is scoring 18.8 ppg, while passing for 218 ypg, rushing for 98.5 ypg, and converting 32.7% of their third downs.

Akron Player Notes

DJ Irons gave Indiana a lot of trouble with his feet last weekend, rushing for 141 yards and two touchdowns, but he struggled through the air with a pair of interceptions. The senior quarterback nearly completed the upset last weekend, and he’ll now get to return home to face a vulnerable Buffalo defense. Irons has passed for 586 yards, with two touchdowns to three interceptions, while rushing for 137 yards and two more scores thru four games.

• Senior back Lorenzo Lingard leads the team in rushing yards (191), after a strong performance against IU.

• Junior wideout Alex Adams has caught five passes or more in each of the last three games, and he leads Akron in receptions (19), with 165 receiving yards.

• The Akron defense is allowing 27.5 points per game.

 

Buffalo vs Akron Trends

Buffalo is 2-2 against the spread, with a 4-0 O/U record. 

Akron is 2-2 ATS, with a 1-3 over/under record.

Corey’s Free Pick

Akron’s effort in Bloomington shouldn’t be ignored when approaching this contest, as they’ve got the elements to defeat Buffalo at home. The Bulls haven’t been able to stop anyone so far, and there’s a good chance they have trouble with DJ Irons. The senior signal caller presents a real dual-threat, and after coming so close last weekend, the motivation will be there to open conference play on a good note with a victory. It’s manageable margin, so let’s back Akron for MAC matchup.

Corey’s Pick Akron to Cover

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