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Akron Zips Visit Pittsburgh Panthers in Week 5 Clash – Betting Lines and Pick

Akron Zips


Pittsburgh Panthers
Saturday, September 27, 2014 1:30 PM ET
Heinz Field

The Pitt Panthers missed a chance at a 4-0 start to this season, coughing up a 10-point halftime lead and losing at home to Iowa last week. Pitt will try to regain a little mojo when it hosts the Zips of Akron on Saturday afternoon at Heinz Field.

The Panthers were 3-0 SU and 2-1 ATS but let one slip away against the Hawkeyes on Saturday, losing the second half 17-3. Akron, meanwhile, is 1-2 both SU and ATS, after losing at home to Marshall last week 48-17, whiffing on the cover as 10-point home dogs. The Zips are also only 1-3 ATS the last four times they've been lined as double-digit dogs.

Akron Zips vs Pittsburgh Panthers Opening Odds and Betting Line

Betting fans looking to side with the Pittsburgh Panthers in this one found them as -17.5-point favorites at GTbets.eu. The over under number was slated to open a short time later.

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Computer Prediction: Akron Zips vs Pittsburgh Panthers Pick

Handicapping models based on recent betting stats and prediction formulas pick a 37-18 win for the Panthers. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NCAAF matchups here.

Akron Zips vs Pittsburgh Panthers Odds and Stats.

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Pittsburgh Panthers are 3-1 so far on the season, and 2-2 ATS vs the point spread. The Akron Zips, meanwhile, are 1-2 and 1-2 ATS. Those over under betting have seen Pittsburgh go 2-1-1 and the Akron Zips go 1-2 on the totals. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Pittsburgh vs Akron injuries news.

The Pittsburgh Panthers sit at No. 54 in the current College Football Power Rankings here at Odds Shark, while the Akron Zips are at No. 104 on that chart.

How Akron Zips vs Pittsburgh Panthers Stats Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up the Pittsburgh Panthers No. 35-ranked offense (38.5 PPG) against a Akron Zips defense that ranks No. 53 at 23 PPG. The Pittsburgh Panthers passing attack has averaged 138.5 yards per game, less than the Akron Zips give up through the air (209.67 YPG on average).

In comparing defenses, the Akron Zips own the league's No. 25-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 106 yards per game when on the road. Pittsburgh, on the other hand, rates No. 16 this week in generating rushing yards at home.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Last time out for Akron, they were a 48-17 loser as they battled Thundering Herd at home. Akron failed to cover in the match as a +10.5-point underdog, while 65 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors. Akron was hammered in its last outing, as Marshall ran up a 48-17 score against them at InfoCision Stadium.

Pittsburgh was a 24-20 loser in its last match at home against Hawkeyes. They failed to cover the -6.5-point spread as favorites, while the total score of 44 sent UNDER bettors to the payout window. In their last game, Pittsburgh got a 155-yard performance from James Conner, but Iowa prevailed 24-20.

Akron Zips vs Pittsburgh Panthers Betting Odds Trends

Akron is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
Akron is 6-18 SU in its last 24 games
The total has gone UNDER in 17 of Akron's last 22 games
Akron is 2-23 SU in its last 25 games on the road
Pittsburgh is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Pittsburgh's last 6 games
Pittsburgh is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Akron home to Eastern Michigan, Saturday, October 4th
Pittsburgh at Virginia, Saturday, October 4th