Akron vs Bowling Green Prediction - College Football Picks 10/21/23

Bowling Green Falcons (3-4) vs Akron Zips (1-6)

Game Info: Saturday, October 21, 2023 at 2:00 pm (Doyt L. Perry Stadium)

Betting Odds: Bowling Green Falcons -7.5 -- Over/Under: 37.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Akron Zips will play the Bowling Green Falcons in a MAC game on Saturday afternoon at Doyt L. Perry Stadium in Bowling Green, Ohio. Bowling Green has won two of their last three games, while Akron hasn’t defeated an FBS team so far this year. 

Akron Preview

The Akron Zips are 1-6 (0-3) this season after they lost to Central Michigan by a score of 17-10 in their last game. Akron led 3-0 in the first quarter and was tied 3-3 at halftime, but CMU scored the first 14 points after the half to pull away. The Zips were out gained by a total of 298-193 and both teams turned the ball over twice in the game. Akron’s lone win came against Morgan State, while their losses are against Temple, Kentucky, Indiana, Buffalo, NIU, and CMU. The Akron offense is scoring 15.6 points per game with 182.4 passing yards per game and 97.7 rushing yards per game, while going 28.1% on third downs this year. Jeff Undercuffler Jr. has thrown for 364 yards, two touchdowns, and four interceptions for the Zips this season. Lorenzo Lingard has rushed for 332 yards and one touchdown, while Jasaiah Gathings has caught 25 passes for 234 yards. The Akron defense is giving up 27.7 points against per game this season. 

Bowling Green Preview

The Bowling Green Falcons are 3-4 (1-2) this season after they defeated Buffalo by a score of 24-14 in their last game. Bowling Green trailed 7-0 in the first quarter, but they scored the next 24 points and hung on in the second half for the win. The Falcons out gained Buffalo by a total of 295-238 and forced five turnovers in the game. Bowling Green has won two of their last three games, with the wins coming against Buffalo and Georgia Tech, and the loss coming against Miami (OH). The Bowling Green offense is averaging 21.3 points per game with 164.3 passing yards per game and 138.7 rushing yards per game, while going 32.1% on third downs. Camden Orth has thrown for 291 yards, two touchdowns, and four interceptions for the Falcons this season. Terion Stewart has rushed for 539 yards and four scores, while Odieu Hiliare has caught 21 passes for 226 yards and two touchdowns. The Bowling Green defense is allowing 26.6 points against per game this year. 

Bowling Green Falcons Team Facts

  • Bowling Green has lost 10 of its last 12 October games at Doyt Perry Stadium.
  • Bowling Green has failed to cover the spread in five of its last six games as a favorite.
  • Bowling Green has lost the first half in four of its last five games against conference opponents at Doyt Perry Stadium.
  • Each of Bowling Green's last six games against conference opponents at Doyt Perry Stadium have gone UNDER the total points line.

Akron Zips Team Facts

  • Akron has lost each of its last nine October games against non-AP-ranked teams.
  • The road team has covered the spread in each of Akron's last four games.
  • Akron has won the first quarter in three of its last four road games against conference opponents.
  • Akron has lost the first half in 15 of its last 18 road games against conference opponents.
  • Four of Akron's last five games as a road underdog have gone UNDER the total points line.

Matchup/League Facts

  • Akron has suffered the most road losses by a margin of three points or less of any FBS team this season (2).

Pick

Bowling Green has played very inconsistently over the last few weeks, as they beat Georgia Tech by a score of 38-27, then were shutout against Miami (OH), then defeated Buffalo. Akron is still looking for their first win against a FBS team, but they did manage to keep their last game close. Both teams have some question marks at the quarterback position, but I am going to back Bowling Green at home here. 

David’s Pick Bowling Green -7.5

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