Ohio @ Akron
Current Records: Ohio 0-4; Akron 1-3
What to Know
The Ohio Bobcats are 5-1 against the Akron Zips since October of 2015, and they’ll have a chance to extend that success on Saturday. Ohio is on the road again on Saturday and plays against Akron at 3:30 p.m. ET Oct. 2 at Summa Field at InfoCision Stadium. Both of these teams will be looking for a pick-me-up after considerable defeats in their previous games.
The Bobcats were expected to have a tough go of it last week, and, well, they did. They suffered a grim 35-6 defeat to the Northwestern Wildcats. Ohio’s only offensive touchdown came on a rush from QB Armani Rogers. One of the most memorable plays of the matchup was Rogers’ 55-yard touchdown rush in the fourth quarter.
Meanwhile, Akron might have drawn first blood against the Ohio State Buckeyes last week, but it was OSU who got the last laugh. It’s hard to picture a worse loss than the 59-7 bruising that the Zips suffered. They were in a tough position by the half, with the score already sitting at 38-7. QB DJ Irons had a memorable game, but not in the way you want to be remembered: despite one touchdown, he threw two interceptions with only 115 yards passing.
The Bobcats are the favorite in this one, with an expected 9.5-point margin of victory. They have failed bettors playing the spread in their past two games, so buyers beware.
Ohio is now 0-4 while the Zips sit at 1-3. A pair of defensive numbers to keep in mind before kickoff: Ohio is 244th worst in the nation in rushing touchdowns allowed, with 13 on the season. Akron has experienced some struggles of their own as they are stumbling into the contest with the 247th most touchdowns allowed in the nation, having given up 21 on the season. It’s possible one of these Achilles’ heels will wind up tripping the losing team up.
How To Watch
- When: Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET
- Where: Summa Field at InfoCision Stadium — Akron, Ohio
- TV: ESPN3.com
- Online streaming: fuboTV (Try for free. Regional restrictions may apply.)
- Follow: CBS Sports App
The Bobcats are a big 9.5-point favorite against the Zips, according to the latest college football odds.
Ohio have won five out of their last six games against Akron.
- Nov 10, 2020 – Ohio 24 vs. Akron 10
- Nov 26, 2019 – Ohio 52 vs. Akron 3
- Nov 23, 2018 – Ohio 49 vs. Akron 28
- Nov 14, 2017 – Akron 37 vs. Ohio 34
- Nov 22, 2016 – Ohio 9 vs. Akron 3
- Oct 03, 2015 – Ohio 14 vs. Akron 12