MAC Championship Game Prediction
Will the Toledo Rockets blow out the Akron Zips in the MAC Championship Game on Saturday? Kickoff for this conference title matchup is set for 12:00 p.m. ET.
ODDSMAKERS LIKE: Toledo. According to oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv, the Rockets are 21-point favorites to knock off the Zips, who opened as 18-point underdogs for this conference championship game. As for the over/under, the number currently sits at 60.5 after hitting the board at 54.
THE PUBLIC LIKES: Akron. As of Saturday morning, 60% of the betting tickets were on the Zips to cover the spread as an underdog.
HISTORICAL TRENDS LIKE: Toledo. The favorite has covered the spread in seven of the last 10 meetings between these two teams and thus, the Zips are just 3-7 against the number in their last 10 games versus the Rockets.
WHO WE LIKE: Toledo. It's hard to trust an Akron team that has issues moving the ball. The Zips rank 120th in the nation in total yards per game (323.9), are 119th in rushing (108.2) and 105 in points per game (23.2). They're also allowing teams to gain nearly 192 yards per contest on the ground and own the 89th overall defense, surrendering 421.6 yards per game.
Akron head coach Terry Bowden is keeping it a secret whether or not he'll start suspended quarterback Thomas Woodson. But honestly, it doesn't matter. Toledo senior Logan Woodside has a 24-to-3 touchdown-to-interception ratio this season and is at the controls of a Rockets offense that can score in spurts.
Toledo is 6-1 against the spread in its last seven games overall, is 4-1 against the number in its last five neutral site games, and is 39-17-1 in its last 57 contests following a win of more than 20 points. The Zips, meanwhile, are just 6-14 at the betting window in their last 20 games after accumulating less than 275 total yards in their previous contest. This should be a blowout.
MAC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME PREDICTION: TOLEDO ROCKETS -21