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Akron Zips vs Kent State Golden Flashes Odds
The Golden Flashes will do battle with the visiting Akron Zips on Saturday, looking to bolster their record and fatten the pocketbooks of bettors who back them.
Backers of the Golden Flashes have seen them go 7-1 and 7-1 ATS so far this season, while the Zips are at 1-8 and 4-5 ATS. In totals betting, the Zips are 4-4, while the Golden Flashes are 5-2.
Betting Line: Fans backing the Golden Flashes here saw them open at 5Dimes as 20-point favorites in this college football clash. (Check back shortly for opening totals at sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark as none was available at the time this preview was written.)
Power Rankings / Prediction: It's a betting matchup between the No. 62-rated Golden Flashes and the No. 115-ranked Zips, according to the NCAAF Power Rankings here at Odds Shark. Predictive-scoring models run on this game indicate a potential 40-22 result in favor of the Golden Flashes.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Kent State's No. 38-ranked offense (33.9 PPG) against a Zips defense that ranks No. 113 at 37.3 PPG. The Golden Flashes passing attack has averaged 177.1 yards per game, less than the Zips give up through the air (241.2 YPG on average).
Defensively, the Zips feature the league's No. 109-rated road run defense, allowing 245 yards per game. Kent State, meanwhile, ranks No. 86 in rushing offense at home.
Akron was a 35-14 loser in its last match on the road against Central Michigan. They failed to cover the 7.5-point spread as underdogs, while the total score of 49 sent UNDER bettors to the payout window. In Akron's last outing, Dalton Williams threw for 329 yards in a losing cause against the Chippewas, 35-14 at Kelly/Shorts Stadium.
Kent State won its last outing, a 35-23 result against Rutgers on October 27. Kent State covered in that game as a 13.5-point underdog, while the 58 combined points took the game OVER the total. Trayion Durham ran through the Rutgers defense for 131 yards in Kent State's last game, handing the Scarlet Knights a 35-23 setback on Saturday at Rutgers Stadium.
Akron Zips Trends:
When playing in November are 2-8
When playing on turf are 1-9
After outgaining opponent are 1-9
When playing within the conference are 0-10
Kent State Golden Flashes Trends:
When playing in November are 4-6
When playing on turf are 10-0
After being outgained are 6-4
When playing within the conference are 8-2
A few Zips at Golden Flashes trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Akron's last 5 games
Akron is 11-4 SU in its last 15 games when playing Kent State
Akron is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Kent State
Akron is 5-1-1 ATS in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Kent State
Kent State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Kent State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Kent State's last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Kent State's last 6 games when playing Akron
Akron home to Massachusetts, Saturday, November 10
Kent State at Miami (Ohio), Saturday, November 10