Tuesday college football odds: Akron at Toledo
The college football schedule gets another early start this week as Akron visits Toledo on Tuesday night in Mid-American Conference action. The Rockets are 18.5-point favorites on WagerWeb.com.
Toledo lost its chance to win the MAC West last week in a 31-24 loss at Northern Illinois. Toledo (8-3, 5-2) led 14-7 at halftime, but 18 seconds into the third quarter NIU QB Joradn Lynch hooked up with Martel Moore for a 74-yard touchdown pass, their second scoring connection of the game. NIU went ahead 21-14 on Lynch’s 6-yard TD pass to Ashford Perez. The Rockets trailed 31-14 but got within seven points after Jeremiah Detmer’s 34-yard field goal with 5:57 left. The Huskies picked up three first downs and ran out the clock. Terrance Owens threw for 265 yards and ran for a score for Toledo.
Toledo is 19-4 in its last 23 Mid-American Conference games, with three of those losses coming to Northern Illinois. Junior RB David Fluellen leads the nation in rushing with 1,460 yards. He needs 11 yards to pass Chester Taylor (1,470 in 2000) for No. 5 on UT’s all-time season list. He is 161 yards shy of the No. 2 spot on the list
Akron (1-10, 0-7) is one of the worst teams in the country and enter on an eight-game skid. Last time out, Akron lost 22-14 vs. Massachusetts. Four Massachusetts interceptions led to 19 points as the Minutemen won for the first time at the Football Bowl Subdivision level. The interceptions by Khary Bailey-Smith, Randall Jette, Ed Saint-Vil and Joe Colton helped the Minutemen overcome 332 passing yards by Akron’s Dalton Williams, who completed 34 of 51. Massachusetts’ final three scoring drives went a combined total of 28 yards. Jawon Chisholm added 103 yards on 23 carries with a touchdown for the Zips.
The Zips own a 66-6 victory over FCS opponent Morgan State, as well as a few close losses in MAC play. Despite its record, Akron ranks a respectable sixth in the MAC in total offense and seventh in total defense, indicators that the Zips may be tougher than their record. Senior quarterback Williams leads the MAC with 303.2 yards passing per game.
This will be the 17th meeting between the two schools, with each team winning eight games. Because Akron is in the MAC’s East Division, the Rockets and Zips rarely play. They have met just twice in the last 14 years, with UT winning in 2006 and the Zips coming out on top in 2008.
WagerWeb.com trends: Favorite is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 meetings. Zips are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 meetings.