This Tuesday we get more MAC football and the first of two matchups has the Akron Zips hosting the Eastern Michigan Eagles. Kickoff is set for 6:00 EST at InfoCision Stadium and will be televised on ESPN News.
Oddsmakers currently have Eastern Michigan listed as a 17-point road favorite. The total opened at 49.5 and is currently up to 50.5 at most books.
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Vegas Betting Odds & Game Preview: Eastern Michigan vs Akron
Eastern Michigan Eagles (4-5 SU, 3-6 ATS)
The Eagles have struggled to get anything going in MAC play this year. Eastern Michigan has opened up 1-4 in conference play and after starting the year 3-1, now must win 2 of their final 3 games to reach bowl eligibility.
One thing to note with the Eagles struggles in the MAC, is their 5 conference games have all come against teams who currently have a winning record in league play. Their lone win was a 34-27 victory against Western Michigan as a 9-point dog and the Broncos are tied on top the West Division. They also have a mere 6-point loss to Ball State and a 3-point setback at Toledo.
Eastern Michigan will be looking to bounce back from an ugly 43-14 loss at home to Buffalo as a 1.5-point home dog.
Akron Zips (0-9 SU, 0-9 ATS)
You have to think the Zips are ready for this season to be over with. Akron has not only failed to win a single game, they haven’t covered a spread, which is really hard to do. Thought it’s not a huge surprise when you look at the numbers. The Zips have one of the worst offenses I’ve ever seen.
Akron is averagine 10.2 ppg and have a remarkable 6 games already where they have scored 7 or fewer points. In their last 4 they have scored a mere 9-points, being shutout twice during this stretch.
The Zips rushing attack is an absolute joke. They are averaging 53 yards/game and a mere 1.9 yards/carry.
Last year Eastern Michigan won 27-7 as a 11-point home favorite. The Eagles could have easily won by more, as they had a massive 393 to 101 edge in total yards.
Free College Football Picks & Betting Predictions: Eastern Michigan -17
My early lean here would be to lay the points with Eastern Michigan on the road. I know this is going to be a massive public play and crazy things tend to happen in these weekday games, but there’s not a chance I’m risking my hard earned cash on this Akron team. You just can’t bet on a team that can’t score.
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The books for whatever reason have been unwilling to adjust on this Akron team, as they aren’t just missing out on covers. The Zips have aren’t even close to covering. Last time out they were a mere 4-point dog at Bowling Green and lost by 29.
At the same time this a game Eastern Michigan desperately needs to have to get to 6-wins and bowl eligibility, so it’s not like they aren’t going to show up to play. I know the Eagles have failed to cover 5 of their last 6, but that wouldn’t deter me from backing them here. If anything, it’s probably keeping this number lower than it should be.
Akron is 0-4 ATS at home this season and are 1-8 ATS at home in their last 9 overall. The Zips are also just 2-11 ATS in their last 13 conference games. Playing bad teams doesn’t help them any, as they are 1-8 ATS last 9 versus a team with a losing record. Give me Eastern Michigan -17.