Ohio vs. Akron Prediction: Picks & Start Time – October 2022

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MAC rivals will battle when the Ohio Bobcats (2-3) meet the Akron Zips (1-4).

Ohio vs. Akron Odds

Point Spread

The spread for this matchup is set at 10 points, with bookmakers listing Ohio as the favorites.


As for the moneyline, Ohio has -372 odds to pick up the win, while Akron is listed at +289 to claim victory.


Finally, the total for the game is set at 59 points.

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Game Info

How to Watch Ohio vs. Akron Live?

  • Game Day: Saturday, October 8, 2022
  • Game Time: 2:00 PM ET
  • TV Channel: ESPN3
  • Location: Athens, Ohio
  • Stadium: Peden Stadium

Betting Preview


Despite sporting a bottom-25 defense that ranks worst in the FBS (577.8 yards allowed per game), Ohio has played better on the other side of the ball, ranking 58th in the FBS offensively putting up 422.8 yards per game. With 42.0 points allowed per game on defense, which ranks fourth-worst in the FBS, Ohio has been forced to rely on their 78th-ranked offense (28.8 points per contest) to keep them in games. Ohio has struggled defensively against the pass, ranking worst in the FBS (380.6 passing yards allowed per game) this season. However, the Bobcats rank 13th-best on the other side of the ball, averaging 315.4 passing yards per game. With 107.4 offensive rushing yards per game (19th-worst) and 197.2 rushing yards allowed per game on defense (15th-worst), Ohio has been getting outplayed on both sides of the ball this year in the running game. Despite sporting a bottom-25 defense on third down that ranks 20th-worst in the FBS (45.3% third-down percentage), Ohio has put up better results offensively, ranking 93rd in the FBS by posting a 35.3% third-down conversion rate. Ohio ranks 100th in college football with an even turnover margin after forcing 6 turnovers (82nd in the FBS) and committing six (46th in the FBS).


This season has been ugly for Akron on both offense and defense, as it is averaging only 320.0 total yards per game (22nd-worst) and surrendering 467.8 total yards per game (eighth-worst). Akron has been unproductive on both offense and defense this season, ranking eighth-worst in points (15.2 per game) and 10th-worst in points allowed (38.0 per game). Akron’s defense has been bottom-25 in pass defense this season, allowing 264.0 passing yards per game, which ranks 25th-worst in the FBS. On offense, it ranks 73rd with 242.0 passing yards per contest. In terms of rushing, this season has been rough for Akron on both offense and defense, as it is averaging only 78.0 rushing yards per contest (fourth-worst) and surrendering 203.8 rushing yards per game (10th-worst). Akron has lots of room to improve on third down, as it ranks 20th-worst in third-down conversion percentage (32.5%) and are 22nd-worst in third-down rate allowed (44.4%). With six forced turnovers (82nd in the FBS) and nine turnovers committed (99th in the FBS) this season, Akron ranks 100th in the FBS with a turnover margin of -3.

Ohio vs. Akron Betting Analysis

Ohio Betting Insights

Ohio has covered the spread in a game two times this season (2-3-0). Ohio has yet to cover the spread when playing as at least 10-point favorites (0-1). This season, Ohio games have hit the over four times. The Bobcats have been the moneyline favorite only one other time so far this season, a game they won. The Bobcats have played as a moneyline favorite of -372 or shorter in only one game this season, which they won.

Zips Betting Insights

Akron has covered the spread two times over five games with a set number. Akron is 1-2 ATS when playing as at least 10-point underdogs. Akron games have gone over the total twice this season. The Zips have been the underdog in three games this season, and they have failed to win any of those contests. The Zips have not won as an underdog of +289 or more on the moneyline this season in three such games.

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Ohio vs. Akron Against The Spread & Betting Records


Overall Home Away
Point Total AVG 58.4 62.0 56.0
Implied Total AVG 37.4 36.5 38.0
ATS Record 2-3-0 1-1-0 1-2-0
Over/Under Record 4-1-0 2-0-0 2-1-0
Moneyline Favorite Record 1-0 1-0 0-0
Moneyline Underdog Record 1-3 1-0 0-3


Overall Home Away
Point Total AVG 56.2 51.8 59.2
Implied Total AVG 42.0 33.0 48.0
ATS Record 2-3-0 1-1-0 1-2-0
Over/Under Record 2-3-0 1-1-0 1-2-0
Moneyline Favorite Record 1-0 1-0 0-0
Moneyline Underdog Record 0-3 0-1 0-2

Players to Watch


  • Bryce Houston has helped carry the Bobcats’ defense with 18 tackles, 1.0 TFL, and 1.5 sacks in five games.
  • As part of the Bobcats’ defensive unit, Keye Thompson has compiled 1.0 TFL and 24 tackles in five games.
  • With 16 tackles, 3.0 TFL, and one sack in five games, Jack McCrory has been a significant part of the Bobcats’ defense in 2022.
  • A big contributor to the Bobcats’ defensive unit, Tariq Drake has 26 tackles in five games.


  • In five games for the Zips, Bubba Arslanian has totaled 2.0 TFL and 37 tackles.
  • The Zips’ Victor Jones has registered 1.5 sacks to go with 4.0 TFL and 19 tackles in five games.
  • Darrian Lewis has totaled 2.0 TFL, 23 tackles, and one interception in five games for the Zips.
  • On defense, Nate Thompson has racked up 25 tackles in five games.

Ohio vs. Akron Predictions and Pick

Ohio vs. Akron betting card

    Pick ATS:

    Bobcats (-10)

    Pick OU:

    Under (59)

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Our pick to win this game is Ohio, and we project that Ohio will cover the spread (Ohio -10). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going under the posted total of 59 points.


Matt Rooney

Matt comes from Chicago and has lived in the area his whole life. Graduated from and played football at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, IL while also serving as the director of student sports broadcasting. He writes for Betsperts as well as appears on several shows across the network.

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