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Akron vs. Ohio 11/10/2020 College Football Picks, Prediction, and Preview

The Akron visits Ohio on 11/10/2020 at 7:00PM.

Akron and Ohio 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 0-1 this season. Ohio is 0-1 this season. Both have players to meet and know.

Akron Team Defense Preview

Akron has had 6 defensive drives in non-garbage time minutes and they yield 5.67 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. Passing plays make up 35.29% of their opponents’ play calls.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.Opponent rushing yards attributed to their offensive line this season comes out to 4.98 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. They are capable of giving up a long run, which is really demoralizing when the opposing team has the ball deep in their own territory.

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 7 total drives this season and they generate 5.57 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. Akron has shown a capability to be explosive on first and second down to avoid third downs and has converted well (relatively) on 3rd and 4th Down situations. Akron passes the football 56.41% of the time.Akron tends to pass more than other teams.

On first downs, getting ahead of the chains is crucial and running the ball well on first down can get a team there, Akron has done a good job avoiding the negative yardage rushing plays. 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. Akron can take credit for 2.9 yards per carry. Generally speaking, this is an average offensive line as far as their ability to set up the running game. When it comes to getting to that second level where linebackers have not crashed down on the line of scrimmage, they are getting stopped with ease. 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 had average success disrupting the flow of the Akron Offense. Front sevens of opposing defenses are causing a lot of problems. Akron is a better passing team than running team this season.

Ohio Team Defense Preview

Ohio has had 13 defensive drives in non-garbage time minutes and they yield 6.54 plays per drive. The struggle is real. Ohio cannot find a way to get opposing offenses off the field. Three and outs are not common and if the team needs a three-and-out late in a game to get the ball back, it is just not happening.Ohio has a generally average defense. Nothing too special about it, but they are capable of rising up when needed. Passing plays make up 48.24% of their opponents’ play calls.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 3.22 yards per carry. This defense lets offensive lines have too much control over them on the ground, too much push from the opposing offensive line. When it comes to getting to that second level, running backs are getting stopped. This defense does not allow themselves to be gashed. The breakout rushing plays are simply not happening, it is a massive reach to expect this team to give up big rushing plays.

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. Ohio has shown themselves to be better at stopping the pass than the run this season.

Ohio Team Offense Preview

Ohio has had 12 drives in non-garbage time minutes and they average 4.67 plays per drive. Relatively speaking, Ohio 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. Ohio passes the football 46.43% of the time.Relatively speaking, this is a team that favors run/pass balance.

Ohio is not doing anything particularly special as far as their ability to avoid negative yardage plays on the ground. 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. Ohio can take credit for 1.92 yards per carry. So what does this mean? It means that the offensive line has been incredibly disappointing in their contribution to the ground game. This is also a team that is getting to the second-level in an average fashion. Offensive line and running backs are average in this regard. The breakout rushing plays are simply not happening, it is a massive reach to expect this team to bust out big rushing plays.

Ohio 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. There has been a relatively good job done by this Offensive Line to prevent opposing front sevens from causing problems consistently. Ohio 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 125 yards and 1 touchdowns. He has thrown 1 interceptions. He has a QB Rating of 99.3thus far this season. Zach Gibson has thrown 1 interceptions this season.As a rusher, Zach Gibson has -15.0 rushing yards, which puts him in the 8.99 percentile among Quarterbacks. He ran the ball as opposed to throwing the ball 4.0 times this season, which puts him in the 28.24 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 67 rushing yards on 16 carries. Was he able to get to the end zone on the ground? He has 0 rushing touchdowns.As a receiver in the backfield, Teon Dollard picked up 10 yards. He caught the ball as opposed to taking handoffs or catching laterals 4 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 0 receiving touchdowns this season.

Michael Mathison WR 5-10 175

This season, Michael Mathison picked up 44 yards. He caught the ball 6 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 1 receiving touchdowns this season.

Jaquize Cross DL 6-4 300

The leading tackler among Defensive Tackles for Akron, Jaquize Cross has 3 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 23.92 percentile among Defensive Tackles. When it came to rushing the Quarterback, he has been able to take them down 0 times this season, which put him in the 32.98 percentile among all Defensive Tackles in College Football. He has forced 0 fumbles this season.

Adetutu Daranijo S 5-10 192

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 6 tackles which puts him in the 41.97 percentile among returning non-exclusive Defensive Backs. He was able to keep rushers and receivers back on screens with 0 tackles for loss last season, which puts him in the 34.71 percentile among Secondary position players. When it came to blitzing the Quarterback, last season he was able to take them down 0 times last season. Adetutu Daranijo as a ball hawker was able to pick off 0 passes last season, which puts him in the 40.12 percentile among returning secondary position players last season.

A.J. Watts CB 6-1 192

Considered 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, A.J. Watts had 1 tackles which puts him in the 8.51 percentile among returning non-exclusive Defensive Backs. He was able to keep rushers and receivers back on screens with 0 tackles for loss last season, which puts him in the 37.33 percentile among Secondary position players. When it came to blitzing the Quarterback, last season he was able to take them down 0 times last season. A.J. Watts as a ball hawker was able to pick off 0 passes last season, which puts him in the 38.89 percentile among returning secondary position players last season.

The Ohio Roster

The Players to Watch for Ohio

Kurtis Rourke QB 6-3 211

This season, Kurtis Rourke has put up 231 yards and 2 touchdowns. He has thrown 0 interceptions. He has a QB Rating of 200.0thus far this season. Kurtis Rourke has thrown 0 interceptions this season.As a rusher, Kurtis Rourke has -19.0 rushing yards, which puts him in the 7.37 percentile among Quarterbacks. He ran the ball as opposed to throwing the ball 8.0 times this season, which puts him in the 43.17 percentile. Has he hit paydirt as a runner? He has 0.0 rushing touchdowns this season.

De’Montre Tuggle RB 5-10 198

This season, De’Montre Tuggle has 79 rushing yards on 16 carries. Was he able to get to the end zone on the ground? He has 1 rushing touchdowns.As a receiver in the backfield, De’Montre Tuggle 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.

Isiah Cox WR 5-11 180

This season, Isiah Cox picked up 102 yards. He caught the ball 4 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 1 receiving touchdowns this season.

Jeremiah Burton DT 6-1 268

The leading tackler among Defensive Tackles for Ohio, Jeremiah Burton has 5 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 27.34 percentile among Defensive Tackles. When it came to rushing the Quarterback, he has been able to take them down 0 times this season, which put him in the 35.42 percentile among all Defensive Tackles in College Football. He has forced 0 fumbles this season.

Austin Conrad DE 6-2 245

The leading tackler among Defensive Tackles for Ohio, Austin Conrad has 7 tackles this season. He was able to keep rushers back and penetrate the offensive line with 1 tackles for loss, which puts him in the 54.5 percentile among Defensive Tackles. When it came to rushing the Quarterback, he has been able to take them down 0 times this season, which put him in the 32.98 percentile among all Defensive Tackles in College Football. He has forced 0 fumbles this season.

Jamison Collier S 6-1 190

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 Ohio, Jamison Collier had 8 tackles which puts him in the 49.76 percentile among returning non-exclusive Defensive Backs. He was able to keep rushers and receivers back on screens with 0 tackles for loss last season, which puts him in the 34.71 percentile among Secondary position players. When it came to blitzing the Quarterback, last season he was able to take them down 0 times last season. Jamison Collier as a ball hawker was able to pick off 0 passes last season, which puts him in the 40.12 percentile among returning secondary position players last season.

Ilyaas Motley CB 5-11 170

Considered 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 Ohio, Ilyaas Motley had 5 tackles which puts him in the 41.32 percentile among returning non-exclusive Defensive Backs. He was able to keep rushers and receivers back on screens with 0 tackles for loss last season, which puts him in the 37.33 percentile among Secondary position players. When it came to blitzing the Quarterback, last season he was able to take them down 0 times last season. Ilyaas Motley as a ball hawker was able to pick off 0 passes last season, which puts him in the 38.89 percentile among returning secondary position players last season.

Akron vs. Ohio Prediction, Picks, and Odds


Prediction: Akron 15 Ohio 39

Spread Pick: Akron +28 -112 Pinnacle Sports
Moneyline Pick: Ohio -2208 SportsInteraction
Total Pick: Under 59.5 -114 Pinnacle Sports