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The MAC offers up a Wednesday night treat for football enthusiasts when Akron hosts Ohio U



2007-11-07

The MAC offers up a Wednesday night treat for football enthusiasts when Akron hosts Ohio U. Unfortunately, with each having three conference losses, neither team is in the hunt for the East Division title, so the only thing on the line will be school pride, and of course the betting options.

In terms of trends, the home team is on a 7-2 SU & 6-3 ATS run in this series. Both teams played on Friday so rest won't be an issue. Ohio beat Temple to move to 5-5 SU & 6-3 ATS. Akron lost at home to Bowling Green, 44-20, falling to 3-6 SU & 4-5 ATS. The Zips are 4-1 SU & ATS in their L5 games as a conference home dog.

The red-hot Bobcats have won three of their last four contests, including two in a row. The last time Ohio was on the field the team posted a convincing, 23-7 victory over Temple. After this, they will enjoy a 17-day break before closing out their season at home against Miami-Ohio. As for the Zips, they have been terrible this year and head into this matchup with a three-game losing skid. The most recent setback came this past Friday as the team was hammered by Bowling Green, 44-20.

Ohio used its outstanding running game against Temple, gaining 219 yards on 49 carries in the win with the majority of the yards coming from tailback Kalvin McRae who rushed for 151 yards and a touchdown. The ground game has been the main source of production for this squad all season, as Ohio is averaging 160.9 ypg.

There is little that has gone right for the Zips offensively, as the team is currently producing a pathetic 309.1 total ypg, which has led to just 19.3 ppg. The ground game nor the passing attack has been effective this season, as the team is churning out a mere 127.1 ypg, while throwing for an equally terrible 182.0 ypg. Unfortunately the Zips has struggled defensively as well, as the squad is being abused by the opposition for 398.4 total ypg, which has led to 30.1 ppg. The main problem for this unit has come against the run, as the team is yielding 188.6 ypg on the ground.

Tonight's start time is 7:30 PM ET on ESPN2.


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