The Akron Zips will look to turn their fortunes around as they open the regular season on Wednesday against the visiting Western Michigan Broncos in Mid-American Conference action. The Zips have gone 4-20 since winning the MAC East title in 2017 with a 6-2 record. Western Michigan has compiled a 14-12 mark during that same span, including a 10-6 record in the conference. The Broncos last won the MAC West title in 2016, when they went 8-0 and 13-1 overall.
The game is slated to kickoff at 6 p.m. ET from InfoCision Stadium-Summa Field in Akron, Ohio. Western Michigan averaged 240.6 yards passing per game in 2019, while Akron averaged 195.2. The Broncos are favored by 20.5-points in the latest Western Michigan vs. Akron odds from William Hill, while the over-under for total points scored is 52.5. Before making any Akron vs. Western Michigan picks, check out the MACtion college football predictions from the SportsLine Projection Model.
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Now, the model has set its sights on Western Michigan vs. Akron. You can visit SportsLine now to see the picks. Here are the college football odds from William Hill and trends for Akron vs. Western Michigan:
- Western Michigan vs. Akron spread: Western Michigan -20.5
- Western Michigan vs. Akron over-under: 52.5 points
- Western Michigan vs. Akron money line: Western Michigan -1100, Akron +700
- WMU: WR Skyy Moore is the top returning player on offense with 802 yards receiving as a freshman in 2019
- AKR: Coach Tom Arth is 4-3 in season openers, including 2-0 at home
Why Western Michigan can cover
Wide receiver Skyy Moore had a breakout season in 2019, earning MAC All-Freshman honors and was a first-team all-MAC selection. He tied for the team lead with 51 receptions and had three touchdowns. He became the first MAC true freshman wide receiver to be first-team all-league since Bowling Green's Roger Lewis in 2014, the first in Western Michigan history and just the third in the MAC since 1982. He has at least one reception in 13 games and four-plus catches in eight games, including a career-high nine receptions at Northern Illinois.
Senior linebacker Treshaun Hayward is coming off a monster season in which he led the Broncos in tackles. He registered 142 tackles, including 72 solo, with five sacks. He also broke up one pass, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. He started 11 of 13 games. In 34 career games, he has recorded 179 tackles, 12.5 tackles for loss, five sacks, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.
Why Akron can cover
The Zips return a good portion of their secondary, including sophomore cornerback Randy Cochran Jr. and junior corner Jalen Hooks. Cochran had a solid season a year ago, recording 41 tackles, including 32 solo. He broke up five passes and forced one fumble. He played in 11 games, including 10 starts, and was one of only seven true freshmen on the team to earn a start. Against Eastern Michigan, Cochran led the team with 10 tackles, including eight solo, with a forced fumble.
Hooks, meanwhile, played in all 12 games with six starts in 2019. He made 35 stops, including 22 solo, with one tackle for loss and two pass breakups. Against Buffalo, he was second on the team with nine tackles, including eight solo. During his freshman season, Hooks played in all 12 games and was one of just two true freshmen on the team to play in every game.
How to make Western Michigan vs. Akron picks
SportsLine's model is leaning under on the total. In fact, it says Western Michigan's running backs will combine for fewer than 180 yards and two touchdowns, while Akron's receiving corps will combine for 200 yards and be held to one TD. It has also generated an against-the-spread pick that cashes in nearly 60 percent of simulations. You can only get the pick at SportsLine.
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