Ohio U over AKRON by 6

Playbook Football (Midweek Alert) - - 2-minute Handicap -

There’s no ques­tion that Week 12 on the col­lege cir­cuit lacks glam­our as the only clash be­tween teams in the Top 25 takes place in Big Ten coun­try with Wis­con­sin host­ing Michi­gan. At least, though, we rid our­selves of the MAC by Thurs­day for the sec­ond straight week! Yes, tonight’s opener in the Rub­ber City has some bounce as it likely de­cides the East (Ohio clinches the di­vi­sion with a win while Akron would only have to beat bare­foot Kent State next Tues­day if they can top the Bob­cats). How­ever, like the ma­jor­ity of this week’s MAC card that’s loaded with dou­ble-digit road chalk, the odd­s­mak­ers still feel it will be a one-sided af­fair. That’s be­cause de­spite be­ing able to feast in the East, the Zips (5-5, 4-2) still need one more win to be­come bowl el­i­gi­ble and may be with­out the ser­vices of QB Thomas Wood­son who was sus­pended (vi­o­la­tion of team rules) min­utes be­fore last Tues­day’s 24-14 loss at Mi­ami-Ohio. Lucky for them that gath­er­ing with Kent is still on the docket as se­ries his­tory (0-9 SU and 2-6-1 ATS last nine) also strongly sug­gests the surg­ing Bob­cats (4-0 SUATS last four) hang 10 on the Zips. So does our MID­WEEK ALERT which re­minds us that the Bob­bies have a huge edge in the stats as Ohio is +41 net YPG in FBS con­tests this sea­son while Terry Bow­den’s bunch (1-6 ‘ITS’ last seven) has been out­gained by 165 YPG against FBS op­po­si­tion. The Zips are also 1-6 ATS of late be­fore their an­nual neigh­bor­hood bat­tle with Kent. How­ever, we sus­pect Wood­son will play with the di­vi­sion on the line and we’ll take ad­van­tage of a spread that doesn’t re­flect that as it’s gone up 3 full points – es­pe­cially with the un­der­val­ued Zips rid­ing a win skein. We sug­gest you do the same.

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