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Falcons battle Zips in Week 5 odds

Akron ZipsBowling Green Falcons
1-3September 28, 2013, 02:30 | Doyt Perry Stadium3-1

Doyt Perry Stadium features a battle between the host Bowling Green Falcons and the visiting Akron Zips in betting action Saturday.

This season the Falcons are 3-1 overall and 3-1 ATS against the number, while the Zips are 1-3 and 2-2 ATS. As for the totals, Bowling Green is 1-3 on the OU, and Akron is 2-2.

View Akron Zips vs Bowling Green Falcons Odds and Stats.

On the opening line for this matchup, the Falcons sat as -15.5-point Favorite, according to 5Dimes. The total, meanwhile, had not been posted early in the week, so check the lines pages for the latest.

The game pits the Falcons, currently No. 35 in our OddsShark NCAAF Power Rankings, against the Zips, who rate No. 100 in the latest survey. Meanwhile, math and handicapping models run on this game predict a 38-17 victory for the Falcons.

In their last action, Akron was a 35-30 loser at home against Louisiana-Lafayette. They covered the 7.5-point spread as underdogs, while the combined score (65) was profitable news for OVER bettors. Murray State was unable to contain Travis Greene in its last action Saturday and the result was a 48-7 Week 4 loss against the Falcons.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Bowling Green's No. 57-ranked offense (33.25 PPG) against a Zips defense that ranks No. 100 at 33.5 PPG. The Falcons passing attack has averaged 292.75 yards per game, less than the Zips give up through the air (295.25 YPG on average).

In comparing defenses, the Zips own the league's No. 71-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 202 yards per game when on the road. Bowling Green, on the other hand, rates No. 32 this week in generating rushing yards at home.

A few Zips at Falcons trends to consider:
Akron is 1-12 SU in its last 13 games
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Akron's last 11 games
Akron is 6-2 ATS in its last 8 games on the road
Akron is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Bowling Green is 10-3 ATS in its last 13 games
Bowling Green is 10-3 SU in its last 13 games
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Bowling Green's last 12 games
Bowling Green is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games at home

Next up:
Akron at Ohio, Saturday, October 5th
Bowling Green at Massachusetts, Saturday, October 5th