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College Football Betting Line Favors the Marshall FaveNick over the Akron Zips

Marshall Thundering Herd

vs

Akron Zips
Saturday, September 20, 2014 2:00 PM ET
InfoCision Stadium

Marshall is off and running this season to a 3-0 start, 2-1 ATS, scoring at least 42 points each time out. The Herd goes looking for more when it thunders into Akron on Saturday afternoon to take on the Zips. These programs used to be conference rivals, but this will be the first meeting between the two since 2004.

Marshall has already covered spreads this season as a favorite of 40 and 21 points. Akron, meanwhile, is coming off a tough loss at Penn State, in which it trailed just 14-3 midway through the fourth quarter, coming up a little short of covering as a 14-point dog.

Marshall Thundering Herd vs Akron Zips Opening Odds and Betting Line

The home Akron Zips opened as 12.5-point underdogs in this NCAA football battle at 5Dimes. No over under line was available early in the week, but was set to be posted shortly.

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Computer Prediction: Marshall Thundering Herd vs Akron Zips Pick

Odds Shark computer prediction formulas pick a 42-22 win for the Thundering Herd on Saturday. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NCAAF matchups here.

Marshall Thundering Herd vs Akron Zips Odds and Stats.

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

Akron will face the 3-0 Marshall Thundering Herd, who own a 1-1-1 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the Akron Zips are 0-2 so far this season while the Thundering Herd are 1-1-1. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Akron vs Marshall injuries news.

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Akron Zips rated this week at No. 97 and the Marshall Thundering Herd sitting at No. 11.

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How Marshall Thundering Herd vs Akron Zips Stats Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up the Akron Zips No. 100-ranked offense (22 PPG) against a Marshall Thundering Herd defense that ranks No. 19 at 16 PPG. The Akron Zips passing attack has averaged 302 yards per game, more than the Marshall Thundering Herd give up through the air (221.67 YPG on average).

In comparing defenses, the Marshall Thundering Herd own the league's No. 21-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 100 yards per game when on the road. Akron, on the other hand, rates No. 104 this week in generating rushing yards at home.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Marshall won its last outing, a 44-14 result against Bobcats on September 13. Marshall covered in that game as a -20.5-point favorite, while the 58 combined points took the game PUSH the total. Rakeem Cato led his team to victory last time out, throwing for 425 yards Saturday as the Thundering Herd downed the Bobcats 44-14 at Joan C. Edwards Stadium.

In their last action, Akron was a 21-3 loser on the road against Nittany Lions. They failed to cover the +14-point spread as underdogs, while the combined score (24) was profitable news for UNDER bettors. The Zips suffered a Week 2 loss against Penn State in their last game, falling 21-3 at Beaver Stadium.

Marshall Thundering Herd vs Akron Zips Betting Odds Trends

Marshall is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Marshall's last 11 games
Marshall is 2-6-1 ATS in its last 9 games on the road
Marshall is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Akron is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
Akron is 6-17 SU in its last 23 games
The total has gone UNDER in 17 of Akron's last 21 games
Akron is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Marshall at Old Dominion, Saturday, October 4th
Akron at Pittsburgh, Saturday, September 27th

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