First look: Akron at Ohio State odds and lines
The Akron Zips (1-2) visit the Ohio State Buckeyes (2-1) in a Saturday night non-conference affair at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. Kickoff is slated for 7:30 p.m. ET. Below, we look at the Akron vs. Ohio State odds and lines; check back for our college football picks and predictions.
Akron is coming off its first win of the season, a 35-14 triumph over FCS Bryant. That game was closer than the final score would reveal: the Zips and Bulldogs went into the fourth quarter tied at 14-14. UA played an all-Mid-American Conference schedule in 2020 and went 1-5 with 41.3 points per game allowed (122nd FBS).
Ohio State was looking to bounce back from its Sept. 11 setback against Oregon against Tulsa last week but for a third time this season, the Buckeyes defense struggled and OSU escaped a late-game one-score spread in an eventual 41-20 victory. Ohio State allowed 501 yards in the game and the Buckeyes rank 118th in the nation with 471.3 yards per game allowed.
Akron at Ohio State odds, spread and lines
- Money line: Off the board.
- Against the spread (ATS): Akron +49.5, -117 (bet $117 to win $100) | Ohio State -49.5, -103 (bet $103 to win $100)
- Over/Under (O/U): 67.5, O: -110 (bet $110 to win $100) | U: -110 (bet $110 to win $100)
2021 betting stats:
- ML: Akron 1-2 | Ohio State 2-1
- ATS : Akron 1-2 | Ohio State 0-2-1
- O/U : Akron 2-0-1 | Ohio State 2-1
Akron at Ohio State head-to-head
The Buckeyes and Zips are meeting on the gridiron for the ninth time. Akron defeated Ohio State 12-6 in 1894 but the other seven series meetings have gone to OSU.
Akron defeated Northwestern 39-34 in 2018 and was semi-competitive in two other contests against Power-5 opponents. In just two such games since, the Zips are winless and were outscored 108-13.
Ohio State is 8-7 ATS over its last 15 home games against Group-of-Five opponents.
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