Morgan State Bears (1-0) vs. Akron Zips (0-1)
Morgan State Bears vs. Akron Zips 9/9/23 – Two teams with much to prove meet on September 9, 2023, at 6:00 PM ET, as the Morgan State Bears (1-0) face off against the Akron Zips (0-1) at Summa Field at InfoCision Stadium. The game will be broadcast on ESP+, promising to offer a riveting showdown between two teams in need of a momentum-shifting win.
After a surprising season-opening win, Morgan State aims to build on their newfound momentum. Despite struggling in the passing game, they’ve found some success on the ground. Jarin Davis has emerged as a promising running back, rushing 73 yards in 12 attempts for an average of 6.1 yards per rush, although he’s yet to find the end zone. Wide receiver Anthony James Jr. has contributed as well, with 3 receptions for 37 yards.
The Akron Zips started their season with a loss but showcased some potential in key areas. Drake Anderson, at running back, has been reasonably effective with 40 rushing yards in 7 attempts, averaging 5.7 yards per carry. Additionally, wide receiver Lorenzo Lingard made a significant impact, registering 77 receiving yards in just one reception, which also resulted in a touchdown. Check out our free week 2 football picks for more insights.
Morgan State Bears vs. Akron Zips Game Info
|When:||Saturday, September 9, 2023 at 6:00 PM ET|
|Where:||Summa Field at InfoCision Stadium|
Carson Baker QB vs. DJ Irons QB
The quarterback matchup between Morgan State’s Carson Baker and Akron’s DJ Irons appears to be a tale of two different narratives. On the one hand, Baker has had an unremarkable start to the season. In his most recent game, he completed just 5 of 8 passing attempts for a measly 68 yards, a 62.5% completion rate. Although his yards per attempt stand at 8.5, Baker failed to throw a touchdown pass and suffered an interception. Moreover, he was sacked three times for a loss of 14 yards, resulting in a mediocre passer rating of 108.9.
DJ Irons of Akron Zips, meanwhile, offers a more intriguing case. With a 58.6% completion rate, he managed to rack up 205 passing yards in his last game. Irons threw two touchdown passes against a single interception, showcasing an ability to make plays when needed. He has been sacked twice for a loss of 18 yards but still maintains a passer rating of 133.9. Irons’ stats suggest a quarterback with the capacity to take risks and capitalize on them, even if it means making a few mistakes along the way.
Odds/Point Spread: Akron Zips ML, Total Odds: –
Since the betting odds for this game are unavailable, making a recommendation based on them is not feasible now, but we can provide a predicted score for the bettors.
Morgan State Bears Betting Trends
Morgan State comes into this game with some less-than-promising betting trends. They are 2-7 ATS in their last 9 games and have a 0-10 SU record in their last 10 games. Their record is even more dismal on the road, where they are 0-20 SU. Despite this, the total has gone OVER in 7 of their last 9 games, and in 7 of their last 8 September games.
Akron Zips Betting Trends
Akron has fared a bit better in terms of betting trends. They are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games. However, they have a poor 1-11 SU record in their last 12 games and are just 1-8 SU in their last 9 home games. The total has gone UNDER in 5 of their last 7 games and they are 0-8-1 ATS in their last 9 games played in week 2.
Morgan State Bears vs. Akron Zips 9/9/23 Betting Picks
After careful consideration of the key players, quarterback performance, and betting trends for both teams, it appears that Akron Zips have a slight edge in this matchup, especially with DJ Irons showing some promising play at quarterback. While neither team shows strong betting trends in terms of SU records, Akron’s 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games could be an indicator of their competitiveness. The game could turn into a defensive struggle, given both teams’ weaknesses, but the quarterback play of DJ Irons may prove to be the difference-maker, giving Akron Zips the edge in what promises to be a closely contested battle. For more insights, check out our free sports picks.
Free Pick and Prediction: Akron Zips will win 24-17.