MAC rivals will clash when the Kent State Golden Flashes (2-5) battle the Akron Zips (1-6).
Kent State vs. Akron Odds
The spread for this matchup is set at 15.5 points, with oddsmakers listing Kent State as the favorites.
As for the moneyline, Kent State has -690 odds to pick up the win, while Akron is listed at +486 to claim victory.
Finally, the total for the game is set at 65 points.
How to Watch Kent State vs. Akron Live?
- Game Day: Saturday, October 22, 2022
- Game Time: 12:00 PM ET
- TV Channel: ESPN+
- Location: Kent, Ohio
- Stadium: Dix Stadium
With 449.4 yards allowed per game on defense, which ranks 15th-worst in the FBS, Kent State has had to lean on its 50th-ranked offense (430.9 yards per contest) to keep them competitive. Kent State has the 76th-ranked scoring offense this season (27.7 points per game), and has been less effective on the other side of the ball, ranking 18th-worst with 32.9 points allowed per game. Despite having a bottom-25 pass defense that ranks 22nd-worst in the FBS (274.3 passing yards allowed per game), Kent State has put up better results offensively, ranking 81st in the FBS by putting up 225.9 passing yards per game. Kent State ranks 101st in run defense this year (175.1 rushing yards allowed per game), but has been playing really well on the other side of the ball, ranking 25th-best in the FBS with 205.0 rushing yards per game. Kent State ranks 81st in third-down defense this season (40.6% third-down percentage allowed), but has been playing really well on offense, ranking 22nd-best in the FBS with a 48.5% third-down conversion rate. Kent State ranks 100th in college football with a -5 turnover margin after forcing 5 turnovers (120th in the FBS) while committing 10 (72nd in the FBS).
Akron ranks 106th in total yards per game (337.9), but it has been less effective on the other side of the ball, ranking 11th-worst in the FBS with 462.4 total yards surrendered per contest. Akron has lots of room to get better, as it ranks 14th-worst in points per game (18.7) this season and third-worst in points allowed per game (39.0). Akron ranks 40th in passing yards per game (270.7), but it has been less effective on the other side of the ball, ranking 24th-worst in the FBS with 269.3 passing yards allowed per contest. Akron has struggled on both offense and defense in terms of rushing this season, ranking worst in rushing yards (67.1 per game) and 15th-worst in rushing yards allowed (193.1 per game). Akron ranks 19th-worst in third-down conversion rate (32.4%), but it has been more effective on the defensive side of the ball, ranking 90th in the FBS with a 41.8% third-down rate allowed. At -5, Akron owns the 100th-ranked turnover margin in the FBS, with seven forced turnovers (98th in the FBS) and 12 turnovers committed (99th in the FBS).
Kent State vs. Akron Betting Analysis
Kent State Betting Insights
Kent State has put together a record of 2-4-0 against the spread this season. Games involving the Kent State have hit the over twice this season. The Golden Flashes have been the moneyline favorite just two other times so far this season, and they split the two games. The Golden Flashes have not yet played a game with moneyline odds of -690 or shorter.
Zips Betting Insights
Akron has covered the spread three times in seven games with a set total. Akron has an ATS record of 1-2 when playing as at least 15.5-point underdogs. Games involving Akron have hit the over on three occasions this year. The Zips have been the underdog in five games this season, and they have failed to win any of those contests. The Zips have been at least a +486 moneyline underdog three times this season, but lost all of those games.
Kent State vs. Akron Against The Spread & Betting Records
|Point Total AVG||63.3||65.5||62.8|
|Implied Total AVG||42.3||39.0||43.0|
|Moneyline Favorite Record||1-1||1-0||0-1|
|Moneyline Underdog Record||0-3||0-0||0-3|
|Point Total AVG||57.2||54.7||59.1|
|Implied Total AVG||40.3||34.3||44.8|
|Moneyline Favorite Record||1-0||1-0||0-0|
|Moneyline Underdog Record||0-5||0-2||0-3|
Players to Watch
- With 1.0 TFL and 35 tackles in seven games, Nico Bolden has been a significant contributor to the Golden Flashes’ defense in 2022.
- Khalib Johns has helped carry the Golden Flashes’ defense with 4.0 sacks to go along with 5.0 TFL and 12 tackles in seven games.
- Marvin Pierre has helped carry the Golden Flashes’ defense with 28 tackles and one pass defended in seven games.
- The Golden Flashes’ defensive unit has been helped by the play of JoJo Evans, who has suited up for seven games, collecting 25 tackles.
- Bubba Arslanian has been causing chaos on defense, amassing 55 tackles, 4.0 TFL, and one sack for the Zips.
- The Zips’ Victor Jones has registered 1.5 sacks to go with 6.0 TFL and 27 tackles in seven games.
- Darrian Lewis has collected 2.0 TFL, 30 tackles, and one interception in seven games for the Zips.
- Zach Morton has totaled 2.5 sacks to go with 2.0 TFL, 11 tackles, and one interception in seven games for the Zips.
Kent State vs. Akron Predictions and Pick
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Our prediction to win this matchup is Kent State, and we expect that Akron will cover the spread (Kent State -15.5). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going under the posted total of 65 points.