- Ball State Looking for a Bowl
- Akron Struggles on Offense
- Momentum Stalled for Ball State
After a 7-1 campaign in 2020 that ended in a 34-13 win over San Jose State in the Arizona Bowl, hopes were high at Ball State for another run at a MAC title and a bowl appearance, but a 1-3 start and an opening conference loss to Toledo put the Cardinals in a tough spot to accomplish those goals. They’ll be facing a foe in Akron that has problems scoring and has won just once in its last four games.
Ball State had a three-game winning streak snapped with a tight 24-17 loss to Miami-Ohio after turning the ball over twice to fall to 4-4 overall and 2-2 in the conference. The Cardinals are facing a must-win situation to stay in bowl consideration.
Ball State vs Akron Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: College Football
- Teams: Ball State at Akron
- Where: Akron, Ohio, InfoCision Stadium – Summa Field
- Date: November 2
- Betting Odds:
- Spread: Ball State -20.5 (-110)
- Moneyline: Ball State -1201, Akron +750
- Total: 57.5 (-110 o/u) at PointsBet
Ball State Preview: Need to Score Big to Win
Ball State hasn’t scored more than 17 points in its four wins and has put up at least 28 points in the four games where it has come out victorious, so it’s critical for the Cardinals to light up the scoreboard if they want to get back on the winning track.
On the season, Ball State is getting out gained by an average of 60 yards per game, struggling especially in the running game, gaining only 3.5 yards an attempt.
Teams are pounding the ball against the Cardinals, picking up almost 160 yards a game, but also completing 66% of their passes, which is why Ball State needs to get their offense in gear to win the game.
— Ball State Football (@BallStateFB) November 2, 2021
Akron gives up a lot of points, so the Cardinals shouldn’t have a problem unless they give the ball back to the Zips by committing turnovers.
Akron Preview: A Porous Defense
Akron has won three games in the last three seasons and is giving up 449 yards and almost 39 points a game, making it difficult for the Zips to claim victories, especially as they also fail to average 20 points offensively. They’re coming off a 45-10 drubbing by Buffalo, hardly a juggernaut with a conference record of 2-3 and 4-5 overall.
At 2-6, Akron has at least doubled their victory total from the prior two seasons combined, but they’ll need to get some gifts from Ball State as they did in their 35-20 win over Bowling Green when they were the beneficiaries of five turnovers. Although that scenario is unlikely, Akron has shown that at least they can take advantage of it if it happens.
Odds & Free Betting Analysis for This College Football Game
Neither one of these teams is an offensive machine, but Akron gives up a lot of points so Ball State could make a run at covering the spread, although three of their wins were by 12 points or less with just one exceeding a 20 point margin when they defeated Western Michigan 45-20 by winning the turnover margin 4-0. Ball State should comfortably win the game, but the spread and the total look high based on the performances of the two teams.
Ball State vs Akron Pick
- KnupSports.com Free Betting Pick: Akron +20.5 and the under (at PointsBet | at Caesars | at DraftKings | at Fanduel | at BetRivers)
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