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Minutemen vs Zips Betting Matchup Report

Akron ZipsMassachusetts Minutemen
2-7November 16, 2013, 03:33 | Gillette Stadium1-8

Getting a win and covering the posted spread will be the goals for the Zips on Saturday when they take on the Minutemen at Gillette Stadium in Week 12 action.

The Zips will try to spoil to the party on Saturday; they are 4-5 ATS against the number this season, while the Minutemen are 4-5 ATS. Akron is 3-6 on the totals; Massachusetts is 2-7.

View Akron Zips vs Massachusetts Minutemen Odds and Stats.

The Zips were listed as -7-point favorites on the opening NCAA football line at 5Dimes and most sportsbooks tracked by OddsShark. No total was available early in the week.

According to the Power Rankings here at OddsShark it's the No. 116-rated Minutemen and the No. 98-rated Zips in this matchup. Predictive formulas point to a 12-2 win for the Zips on Saturday.

Akron was a 16-7 winner in its last match at home against Kent State. They covered the 2-point spread as favorites, while the total score of 23 sent UNDER bettors to the payout window. Lorenzo Woodley ran through the Northern Illinois defense for 163 yards in Massachusetts's last game, but the Minutemen still lost a 63-19 decision at Gillette Stadium.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Massachusetts's No. 123-ranked offense (11.56 PPG) against a Zips defense that ranks No. 85 at 30.1 PPG. The Minutemen passing attack has averaged 171.56 yards per game, less than the Zips give up through the air (248.6 YPG on average).

Defensively, the Zips feature the league's No. 39-rated road run defense, allowing 151.4 yards per game. Massachusetts, meanwhile, ranks No. 112 in rushing offense at home.

A few Zips at Minutemen trends to consider:
Akron is 3-16 SU in its last 19 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Akron's last 6 games
Akron is 8-3 ATS in its last 11 games on the road
Akron is 1-24 SU in its last 25 games on the road
Massachusetts is 2-23 SU in its last 25 games
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Massachusetts's last 9 games
Massachusetts is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games at home
Massachusetts is 1-9 SU in its last 10 games at home

Next up:
Akron at Toledo, Friday, November 29th
Massachusetts at Central Michigan, Saturday, November 23rd