Western Michigan vs. Akron Prediction
Western Michigan visits Akron in Wednesday’s kickoff to the MAC season at 6:00 p.m. ET. Are the Broncos a bad bet to cover as an 18-point road favorite? Is there value in the total, which has dropped from 56 down to 54?
289 Western Michigan Broncos (-18) at 290 Akron Zips (+18); o/u 54
InfoCision Stadium, Akron, OH
6:00 p.m. ET, Wednesday, November 4, 2020
Western Michigan Broncos Game Notes
Western Michigan sophomore RB Sean Tyler is expected to be part of a running back committee this season. Tyler (5'9/185) served as first team All-MAC RB LeVante Bellamy's apprentice last year, rushing 68 times for 390 yards and five touchdowns with a crisp 5.7 YPC. He was being groomed to take over starting duties, however apparently HC Tim Lester had other ideas following the arrival of high-profile transfers Jaxson Kincaide (Nevada) and La'Darius Jefferson (Michigan State). The Broncos will likely need contributions from all three if they hope to topple Toledo and in-state rival Central Michigan for the MAC West title.
Akron Zips Game Notes
Former Louisiana redshirt sophomore QB Brayden Hawkins transferred to Akron. Hawkins (6'2/222) now hits his third collegiate stop after opening his career in the JUCO ranks before signing on with Louisiana in advance of the 2019 campaign. He did not see any game action during his year with the Ragin' Cajuns and went on to enter the NCAA transfer portal late in the spring. With the Zips, Hawkins figures to have to sit out the upcoming season, unless he manages to net an NCAA eligibility waiver. On the Louisiana side of things, Levi Lewis is already locked in as starter and the program should be able to weather this depth loss without issue.
Western Michigan vs. Akron Betting Prediction
The under is 5-2-1 in the Broncos’ last eight conference games, is 6-2-1 in their last nine games overall and is 6-1-1 in their last eight games as a favorite dating back to last season. On the other side, the under is 44-20 in the Zips’ last 64 conference games, is 41-19 in their last 60 games as an underdog and is 63-31 in their last 94 games overall.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL WEEK 10 BETTING PREDICTION: WESTERN MICHIGAN/AKRON UNDER 54