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Akron vs. Buffalo 12/12/2020 College Football Picks, Prediction, and Preview

The Akron visits Buffalo on 12/12/2020 at 2:30PM.

Akron and Buffalo face off in an important game for both teams as every game in this shortened season with limited or no fans in attendance means more. Akron has a record of 1-4 this season. Buffalo is 4-0 this season. Both have players to meet and know.

Akron Team Defense Preview

Akron has had 42 total defensive drives this season and they yield 5.57 plays per drive. There is not much to take away here when it comes to how many plays per drive opponents run, but they are a team that falls in the average window when it comes to plays per drive. Offensives should lick their lips given their inability to stop anyone, this is one of the worst defenses in the country. The Defensive Coordinator coaching search threads on Akron message boards are flights of fantasy. Akron opponents pass the football 44.44% of the time.Their opponents favor running the ball as opposed airing it out.

This is a pushover defense. There is not enough push from the Defensive Line and not enough imagination from the Defensive Coordinator to cause chaos in the backfield.How effective are opposing offensive lines given what we know about their ability to force negative yardage rushing plays? Akron can take credit for holding the offensive line of their opponent to 3.86 yards per carry. Sorry to say this about this front seven, but the best way to make an average offensive line look good is for them to face this horrid front seven. Running backs should look forward to this porous defense filled with poor tacklers who take terrible angles. Long breakout runs against this Defense are far too common. This is a very porous rushing defense that is incapable of preventing a situation where their safeties chase down a running back or quarterback.

This is not a disruptive Defense and they get pushed over way too easily. Perhaps they are too vanilla with playcalling. This front seven is simply unable to make an impact, something must change or else the problems will repeat. Akron has shown themselves to be better at stopping the pass than the run this season.

Akron Team Offense Preview

Akron has had 47 total drives this season and they generate 5.09 plays per drive. Relatively speaking, Akron is not a team that runs many plays per drive. The offense is either prone to faltering and struggles to notch first downs or extremely explosive, we will need to find out a bit more to get answers. Struggles to get ahead of the chains and convert on third and fourth down are common, the offense can stagnate. Akron passes the football 47.28% of the time.Relatively speaking, this is a team that favors run/pass balance.

Akron struggles with running the ball, getting zero or negative yard plays is disspiriting and the offensive line is not effectively making a good push. Poor playcalling, pre-snap adjustments or post-snap reads may be responsible and this could fall on the Quarterback, Offensive Coordinator, and Head Coach. Based on the Adjusted Line Yards metric, which measures the amount of credit that should be ascribed to the offensive line for a rushing play, they average 2.9 yards per carry. Generally speaking, this is an average offensive line as far as their ability to set up the running game. This is a team that is rather above-average when it comes to gashing defenses. The threat of the run should force opposing to play more honest and assignment defensive football is a must. They have an explosive running game and they are capable of breaking big yardage runs on First and Second Down. This puts a lot of pressure on Linebackers and Safeties.

Defenses have been able to impose their will on the Akron Offense this season. Front sevens of opposing defenses are causing a lot of problems. Akron is a better passing team than running team this season.

Buffalo Team Defense Preview

Buffalo has had 44 total defensive drives this season and they yield 4.3 plays per drive. Relatively speaking, Buffalo is not a team that allows many plays per drive. This defense either gives up big plays quickly or induces a lot of three-and-outs, we shall find out more. Buffalo has a generally average defense. Nothing too special about it, but they are capable of rising up when needed. Buffalo opponents pass the football 49.74% of the time.Opponents typically have some form of run/pass balance against them.

This is a pushover defense. There is not enough push from the Defensive Line and not enough imagination from the Defensive Coordinator to cause chaos in the backfield.Opponent rushing yards attributed to their offensive line this season comes out to 3.3 yards per carry. Sorry to say this about this front seven, but the best way to make an average offensive line look good is for them to face this horrid front seven. This is also a team that is allowing running backs and quarterbacks to get to the second-level in an average fashion. The breakout rushing plays are simply not happening, it is a massive reach to expect this team to give up big rushing plays.

This Defense has had average success disrupting the flow of the opposing offense.. This front seven is simply unable to make an impact, something must change or else the problems will repeat. Buffalo is better at stopping the run than the pass this season.

Buffalo Team Offense Preview

Buffalo has had 43 drives in non-garbage time minutes and they average 5.4 plays per drive. There is not much to take away here when it comes to how many plays per drive they run, but they are a team that falls in the average window when it comes to plays per drive. Any defense is in for a challenge with Buffalo, given their ability to accrue more than 5 yards on 1st Downs and their ability to convert on 3rd and 4th Downs. They put a lot of pressure on opposing defenses.Buffalo passes the football 31.47% of the time.They favor running the ball as opposed airing it out.

Move the pile forward, falling forward, making progress, ensuring north-south running, smart Quarterback reads, well-adjusted alignments to ensure leverage, and an offensive line that is getting a great push forward are cornerstones of this offense. How effective is the offensive line given what we know about their ability to prevent negative yards on rushing plays? More than you think, thanks to the Adjusted Line Yards metric. Buffalo can take credit for 4.02 yards per carry. This is an elite offensive line when it comes to generating a push for the running game. They know how to create creases for running backs to break loose. Playing 7 in a box may not be enough for opposing defenses, this is a great O-Line. The offensive line and running back corps deserve a lot of credit for gashing defenses with their running game like the way they have this season. They have an explosive running game and they are capable of breaking big yardage runs on First and Second Down. This puts a lot of pressure on Linebackers and Safeties.

Buffalo has bullied and controlled defenses this season, defenses have not been able to dictate what this offense is able to do to them. Opponents should consider a containment strategy. Buffalo is among the best in the country at keeping defensive front sevens at bay. Opposing defenses need their secondary players to step up and cause trouble in order for this Offense to be disrupted. Buffalo is a better passing team than running team this season.

The Akron Roster

The Players to Watch for Akron

Zach Gibson QB 6-3 210

This season, Zach Gibson has put up 725 yards and 4 touchdowns. He has thrown 5 interceptions. He has a QB Rating of 112.7thus far this season. Zach Gibson has thrown 5 interceptions this season.As a rusher, Zach Gibson has -32.0 rushing yards, which puts him in the 5.86 percentile among Quarterbacks. He ran the ball as opposed to throwing the ball 44.0 times this season, which puts him in the 79.48 percentile. Has he hit paydirt as a runner? He has 0.0 rushing touchdowns this season.

Teon Dollard RB 5-11 205

This season, Teon Dollard has 641 rushing yards on 105 carries. Was he able to get to the end zone on the ground? He has 6 rushing touchdowns.As a receiver in the backfield, Teon Dollard picked up 29 yards. He caught the ball as opposed to taking handoffs or catching laterals 10 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 0 receiving touchdowns this season.

Nate Stewart WR 6-2 205

This season, Nate Stewart picked up 178 yards. He caught the ball 12 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 1 receiving touchdowns this season.

John Mitchell DL 6-3 316.0

The leading tackler among Defensive Ends for Akron, John Mitchell has 10 tackles this season. He was able to keep rushers back and penetrate the offensive line with 0 tackles for loss, which puts him in the 20.24 percentile among Defensive Ends. When it came to rushing the Quarterback, he has been able to take them down 0 times this season, which put him in the 29.35 percentile among all Defensive Ends in College Football. He has forced 0 fumbles this season.

Adetutu Daranijo S 5-10 192.0

He is the leading tackler among non-exclusive Defensive Backs (meaning he can play either Safety Position, Nickel Back, Star or even play as a Cornerback in coverage) for Akron, Adetutu Daranijo had 20 tackles which puts him in the 62.93 percentile among returning non-exclusive Defensive Backs. He was able to keep rushers and receivers back on screens with 0 tackles for loss this season, which puts him in the 31.97 percentile among Secondary position players. When it came to blitzing the Quarterback, this season he was able to take them down 0 times this season. Adetutu Daranijo as a ball hawker was able to pick off 0 passes this season, which puts him in the 37.97 percentile among returning secondary position players this season.

A.J. Watts CB 6-1 192

Considered the leading tackler among Cornerbacks for Akron, A.J. Watts had 26 tackles which puts him in the 85.98 percentile among Corners. He was able to keep rushers and receivers back on screens with 0 tackles for loss this season, which puts him in the 34.7 percentile among Corners. When it came to blitzing the Quarterback, this season he was able to take them down 0 times this season. A.J. Watts as a ball hawker was able to pick off 1 passes this season, which puts him in the 81.59 percentile among Corners this season.

The Buffalo Roster

The Players to Watch for Buffalo

Kyle Vantrease QB 6-3 220

This season, Kyle Vantrease has put up 753 yards and 5 touchdowns. He has thrown 1 interceptions. He has a QB Rating of 159.9thus far this season. Kyle Vantrease has thrown 1 interceptions this season.As a rusher, Kyle Vantrease has 28.0 rushing yards, which puts him in the 53.4 percentile among Quarterbacks. He ran the ball as opposed to throwing the ball 6.0 times this season, which puts him in the 29.63 percentile. Has he hit paydirt as a runner? He has 2.0 rushing touchdowns this season.

Jaret Patterson RB 5-9 195

This season, Jaret Patterson has 920 rushing yards on 107 carries. Was he able to get to the end zone on the ground? He has 16 rushing touchdowns.As a receiver in the backfield, Jaret Patterson picked up 0 yards. He caught the ball as opposed to taking handoffs or catching laterals 0 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 0 receiving touchdowns this season.

Antonio Nunn WR 5-11 200

This season, Antonio Nunn picked up 348 yards. He caught the ball 19 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 2 receiving touchdowns this season.

George Wolo DT 6-0 265

The leading tackler among Defensive Tackles for Buffalo, George Wolo has 14 tackles this season. He was able to keep rushers back and penetrate the offensive line with 2 tackles for loss, which puts him in the 69.96 percentile among Defensive Tackles. When it came to rushing the Quarterback, he has been able to take them down 1 times this season, which put him in the 74.66 percentile among all Defensive Tackles in College Football. He has forced 1 fumbles this season.

Malcolm Koonce DE 6-3 250.0

The leading tackler among Defensive Ends for Buffalo, Malcolm Koonce has 22 tackles this season. He was able to keep rushers back and penetrate the offensive line with 5 tackles for loss, which puts him in the 86.83 percentile among Defensive Ends. When it came to rushing the Quarterback, he has been able to take them down 4 times this season, which put him in the 93.64 percentile among all Defensive Ends in College Football. He has forced 0 fumbles this season.

Cory Gross Jr. S 6-2 205.0

He is the leading tackler among non-exclusive Defensive Backs (meaning he can play either Safety Position, Nickel Back, Star or even play as a Cornerback in coverage) for Buffalo, Cory Gross Jr. had 22 tackles which puts him in the 66.45 percentile among returning non-exclusive Defensive Backs. He was able to keep rushers and receivers back on screens with 1 tackles for loss this season, which puts him in the 71.77 percentile among Secondary position players. When it came to blitzing the Quarterback, this season he was able to take them down 0 times this season. Cory Gross Jr. as a ball hawker was able to pick off 1 passes this season, which puts him in the 83.84 percentile among returning secondary position players this season.

Isaiah King CB 5-10 190

Considered the leading tackler among Cornerbacks for Buffalo, Isaiah King had 15 tackles which puts him in the 64.31 percentile among Corners. He was able to keep rushers and receivers back on screens with 0 tackles for loss this season, which puts him in the 34.7 percentile among Corners. When it came to blitzing the Quarterback, this season he was able to take them down 0 times this season. Isaiah King as a ball hawker was able to pick off 0 passes this season, which puts him in the 36.4 percentile among Corners this season.

Akron vs. Buffalo Prediction, Picks, and Odds


Prediction: Akron 10 Buffalo 34

Spread Pick: Akron +33 -113 Pinnacle Sports
Moneyline Pick: Buffalo -3362 SportsInteraction
Total Pick: Under 59 -108 Pinnacle Sports