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Miami (OH) vs. Akron 11/28/2020 College Football Picks, Prediction, and Preview

The Miami (OH) visits Akron on 11/28/2020 at 1:00PM.

Miami (OH) and Akron 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. Miami (OH) has a record of 1-1 this season. Akron is 0-3 this season. Both have players to meet and know.

Miami (OH) Team Defense Preview

Miami (OH) has had 9 total defensive drives this season and they yield 6.67 plays per drive. The struggle is real. Miami (OH) 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.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 Miami (OH) message boards are flights of fantasy. Passing plays make up 40.00% 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 3.58 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.

Miami (OH) has made the turnover belt, chain, pads, lunch pail or whatever gimmick they use change hands a lot. This is a Defense that causes pure aggravation. Miami (OH) should have a sign ready for opponents near the Visitor Locker Room that says “Welcome to Hell”, this front seven is deep and they cause a lot of problems. Miami (OH) is better at stopping the run than the pass this season.

Miami (OH) Team Offense Preview

Miami (OH) has had 9 drives in non-garbage time minutes and they average 4.0 plays per drive. Relatively speaking, Miami (OH) 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. Miami (OH) passes the football 55.56% of the time.Miami (OH) tends to pass more than other teams.

Miami (OH) 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. 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. Miami (OH) can take credit for 2.15 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. 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 been able to impose their will on the Miami (OH) Offense this season. Front sevens of opposing defenses are causing a lot of problems. Miami (OH) is a better passing team than running team this season.

Akron Team Defense Preview

Akron has had 27 total defensive drives this season and they yield 5.41 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 39.73% 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.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 4.27 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 30 drives in non-garbage time minutes and they average 5.13 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. Akron is an average offense when it comes to staying ahead of the chains, getting into 3rd and Short scenarios, and converting on 3rd and 4th Down. Passing plays make up 46.75% of their play calls.Relatively speaking, this is a team that favors run/pass balance.

Akron 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. Akron can take credit for 3.03 yards per carry. This offensive line may be underappreciated, even though the running backs get the attention. The Akron coaching staff really deserves credit for how they prepared this offensive line, but they could be a little bit better! 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 had trouble making big, disruptive plays against Akron this season. Front sevens are causing an average amount of trouble for the Offense. Akron is a better passing team than running team this season.

The Miami (OH) Roster

The Players to Watch for Miami (OH)

AJ Mayer QB 6-3 226

This season, AJ Mayer has put up 328 yards and 4 touchdowns. He has thrown 1 interceptions. He has a QB Rating of 126.0thus far this season. AJ Mayer has thrown 1 interceptions this season.As a rusher, AJ Mayer has 1.0 rushing yards, which puts him in the 29.18 percentile among Quarterbacks. He ran the ball as opposed to throwing the ball 7.0 times this season, which puts him in the 34.75 percentile. Has he hit paydirt as a runner? He has 0.0 rushing touchdowns this season.

Zach Kahn RB 5-10 211

This season, Zach Kahn has 81 rushing yards on 17 carries. Was he able to get to the end zone on the ground? He has 2 rushing touchdowns.As a receiver in the backfield, Zach Kahn picked up 5 yards. He caught the ball as opposed to taking handoffs or catching laterals 2 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 0 receiving touchdowns this season.

Jack Sorenson WR 6-0 195

This season, Jack Sorenson picked up 177 yards. He caught the ball 10 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 0 receiving touchdowns this season.

Kameron Butler DL 6-3 252

The leading tackler among Defensive Tackles for Miami (OH), Kameron Butler has 11 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 22.49 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 31.47 percentile among all Defensive Tackles in College Football. He has forced 0 fumbles this season.

Sterling Weatherford DB 6-4 221.0

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 Miami (OH), Sterling Weatherford had 12 tackles which puts him in the 53.81 percentile among returning non-exclusive Defensive Backs. He was able to keep rushers and receivers back on screens with 1 tackles for loss last season, which puts him in the 75.36 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. Sterling Weatherford as a ball hawker was able to pick off 0 passes last season, which puts him in the 39.16 percentile among returning secondary position players last season.

The Akron Roster

The Players to Watch for Akron

Zach Gibson QB 6-3 210

This season, Zach Gibson has put up 497 yards and 2 touchdowns. He has thrown 4 interceptions. He has a QB Rating of 113.8thus far this season. Zach Gibson has thrown 4 interceptions this season.As a rusher, Zach Gibson has 13.0 rushing yards, which puts him in the 43.77 percentile among Quarterbacks. He ran the ball as opposed to throwing the ball 25.0 times this season, which puts him in the 68.52 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 434 rushing yards on 66 carries. Was he able to get to the end zone on the ground? He has 4 rushing touchdowns.As a receiver in the backfield, Teon Dollard picked up 22 yards. He caught the ball as opposed to taking handoffs or catching laterals 6 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 156 yards. He caught the ball 10 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 1 receiving touchdowns this season.

Nazir Sy DL 6-2 308

The leading tackler among Defensive Tackles for Akron, Nazir Sy has 8 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 22.49 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 31.47 percentile among all Defensive Tackles 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 17 tackles which puts him in the 63.4 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 33.65 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 39.16 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 18 tackles which puts him in the 75.99 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 35.17 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 38.07 percentile among returning secondary position players last season.

Miami (OH) vs. Akron Prediction, Picks, and Odds


Prediction: Miami (OH) 26 Akron 14

Spread Pick: Akron +14 -102 Pinnacle Sports
Moneyline Pick: Miami (OH) -523 SportsInteraction
Total Pick: Under 55.5 -102 Pinnacle Sports