Akron Zips (2-8) vs Eastern Michigan Eagles (4-6)
Akron Zips vs Eastern Michigan Eagles 11/14/23 – College football fans will enjoy watching an intriguing Week 12 matchup between Akron Zips and Eastern Michigan Eagles this Tuesday. Both squads have struggled this season; Akron sits with a 2-8 record while EMU is slightly better with an overall mark of 4-6. This game promises some thrilling moments, with free NCAAF game insights suggesting an edge towards the home team; but in college football anything could happen!
Akron Zips have proven themselves worthy opponents despite their disappointing win-loss record, thanks to several remarkable talents on their roster. Running back Lorenzo Lingard has been an embodiment of consistency and skill with 541 rushing yards on 479 rush attempts at an average of 4.9 yards per rush attempt; his ability to find gaps and accelerate through them has been integral in Akron’s offensive strategy. Wide receiver Jasaiah Gathings, with 43 receptions for 452 receiving yards has also proven reliable when critical situations arose.
Eastern Michigan Eagles on the other side have their own notable players to thank. Jaylon Jackson led them with 456 rushing yards at an average of 4.7 yards per carry and his agility helped break tackles when needed to move the chains quickly. Wide receiver Tanner Knue, with 40 receptions for 393 yards, consistently made key catches that contributed significantly to their aerial attack and consistently played his part in their aerial game plan.
Akron Zips vs Eastern Michigan Eagles Game Info
|When:||Tuesday, November 14, 2023 at 7:00 PM ET|
Jeff Undercuffler Jr. QB vs. Austin Smith QB
Jeff Undercuffler Jr. has had a turbulent season as quarterback of the Akron Zips. Completing only 71% of attempts and totalling 1052 passing yards with 8 interceptions and 60.2% completion rate; Undercuffler is known for taking risks that lead to big plays but can also result in turnovers; his ability to manage pressure will ultimately determine their performance as an offense.
Austin Smith of the Eastern Michigan Eagles has had a difficult year. With only 132 completions, 1420 passing yards, and 55.2% completion rate to reflect his team’s struggle, his statistics reflect this fact as well as showing resilience under pressure despite being sacked 27 times. As part of their offensive strategy relying heavily on him for balance purposes this matchup will test his decision-making skills as the Eagles look to him to steer their attack forward.
NCAAF Odds/Point Spread: Eastern Michigan Eagles -334, Total Odds: 38.5
The betting odds are leaning towards the Eastern Michigan Eagles, reflecting their slightly better season performance and home-field advantage. The total odds set at 38.5 points suggest a lower-scoring game, possibly due to the offensive struggles both teams have experienced.
Akron Zips Betting Trends
The Akron Zips have not been a favorable pick for bettors, with a 2-6-1 record against the spread (ATS) in their last 9 games. Additionally, their record of 1-7 straight up (SU) in their last 8 games and a disappointing 0-7 SU in their last 7 games on the road paints a picture of a team struggling to find its footing.
Eastern Michigan Eagles Betting Trends
The Eastern Michigan Eagles have been somewhat more reliable, with a 4-2 ATS in their last 6 games. However, their overall record of 2-5 SU in their last 7 games shows that they too have had their fair share of challenges. They have been stronger at home, with a 5-1 SU record in their last 6 games at Rynearson Stadium.
Akron Zips vs Eastern Michigan Eagles 11/14/23 Betting Picks
Considering the statistics, trends, and performances, the Eastern Michigan Eagles seem to be the safer bet in this matchup. Their home advantage and slightly better season performance give them the edge over the Akron Zips. However, the unpredictability of college football always leaves room for surprises.
The key to this game could lie in the battle of the running backs and the ability of each team’s defense to contain the opposing ground game. Also, keep an eye on the quarterback duel, as both teams have quarterbacks who are capable of making game-changing plays, for better or worse. The best premium expert picks would lean towards a close game, potentially lower scoring, considering the total odds.
Free Pick and Prediction: Eastern Michigan Eagles 24, Akron Zips 17