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Wolverines Zips Betting Preview for Week 3

Akron ZipsMichigan Wolverines
Sep 14, 12:00 PM | Turf of Michigan Stadium

Akron Zips vs Michigan Wolverines Odds

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Following their big win over Notre Dame the Michigan Wolverines take on some lighter fare when they host the Zips of Akron Saturday afternoon at the Big House (noon ET, Big Ten Network).

As of early this week Big Blue, 2-0 and No. 11 in this week's AP poll, was favored by 36 points over the Zips, who haven't beaten an FBS team since 2010.

View Akron vs Michigan Odds and Stats.

Betting Line: Michigan were sitting as 35.5-point favorites earlier in the week at Bovada. The total was to be set a bit later in the week for over under betting purposes.

Power Rankings / Prediction: The OddsShark Power Rankings have the Wolverines at No. 17 and the Zips at No. 92 heading into this contest. Handicapping models project a 62-17 result in favor of the Wolverines.

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How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Michigan's No. 10-ranked offense (50 PPG) against a Zips defense that ranks No. 101 at 35.5 PPG. The Wolverines passing attack has averaged 257.5 yards per game, less than the Zips give up through the air (314.5 YPG on average).

Defensively, the Zips feature the league's No. 27-rated road run defense, allowing 157 yards per game. Michigan, meanwhile, ranks No. 56 in rushing offense at home.

Akron was a 35-33 winner in their most recent outing at home against James Madison. They failed to cover the 3-point spread as favorites, while the total score (68) made winners of OVER bettors. In their last gridiron battle, Andrew Pratt did much of the damage, producing 118 receiving yards as Akron beat the Dukes 35-33 at InfoCision Stadium.

Last time out for Michigan, they were a 41-30 winner as they battled Notre Dame at home. Michigan covered in the match as a 4.5-point favorite, while 71 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors. Michigan won its last game, 41-30 over Notre Dame on Saturday, behind a 184-yard receiving performance from Jeremy Gallon at Michigan Stadium.

Akron Zips Trends:
When playing in September are 3-7
When playing on turf are 2-8
After being outgained are 2-8
When playing outside the conference are 3-7

Michigan Wolverines Trends:
When playing in September are 8-2
When playing on turf are 8-2
After outgaining opponent are 7-3
When playing outside the conference are 7-3

A few Zips at Wolverines trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Akron's last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Akron's last 9 games
Akron is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games
Akron is 1-10 SU in its last 11 games
Michigan is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Michigan's last 7 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Michigan's last 5 games at home
Michigan is 14-5 SU in its last 19 games

Next up:
Akron home to Louisiana-Lafayette, Saturday, September 21
Michigan at Connecticut, Saturday, September 21