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Zips open as underdog vs Rockets

Toledo RocketsAkron Zips
7-4November 29, 2013, 12:00 | InfoCision Stadium2-7

The Akron Zips host Toledo on Friday, looking to build on their 4-5 ATS mark against the 7-4 Rockets in NCAAF action at InfoCision Stadium.

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

View Toledo Rockets vs Akron Zips Odds and Stats.

The Zips were listed as 8.5-point underdogs at sportsbooks such as Bovada on the college football lines.

According to the Power Rankings here at OddsShark it's the No. 97-rated Zips and the No. 50-rated Rockets in this matchup. Predictive formulas point to a 30-17 win for the Rockets on Friday.

Last time out for Toledo, they were a 35-17 loser as they battled Northern Illinois at home. Toledo failed to cover in the match as a 2-point underdog, while 52 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. The Zips grabbed a Week 12 victory over the Minutemen in their last game, winning 14-13 at Gillette Stadium.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Akron's No. 113-ranked offense (19.18 PPG) against a Rockets defense that ranks No. 75 at 28.36 PPG. The Zips passing attack has averaged 215.82 yards per game, less than the Rockets give up through the air (250.64 YPG on average).

Defensively, the Rockets feature the league's No. 56-rated road run defense, allowing 170.6 yards per game. Akron, meanwhile, ranks No. 102 in rushing offense at home.

A few Rockets at Zips trends to consider:
Toledo is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
Toledo is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Toledo's last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 13 of Toledo's last 17 games
Akron is 4-16 SU in its last 20 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Akron's last 7 games
Akron is 2-7 ATS in its last 9 games at home
Akron is 3-12 SU in its last 15 games at home