Kent State (1-7) at Akron (1-7)
Game Info: Wednesday, November 1st, 2023 at 7:30 p.m. EST (InfoCision Stadium)
Betting Odds:Akron (-185) - Over/Under (37.5)
Pick: Over 37.5 Points (-115)
Wednesday night takes us to the site of one of the best rivalries in all of the Midwest when it comes to group of five college football. As the Golden Flashes of Kent State will travel to Akron to play the Zips here on Wednesday evening, and both teams will be looking for bragging rights as they do not have much left to play for throughout the remainder of the season. Both teams are having equally awful seasons. This year and ball eligibility is way out of the question so this game is simply being played for pride at this point.
Kent State comes into this game looking to grab their second victory of the season, and a victory over their rivals Akron here on Wednesday night on the road at InfoCision Stadium. Kent State is having an absolutely downright awful season as they come into this game as losers out of seven out of their first eight games of the year, and they will be looking for a strong finish to the season to build momentum towards next year. They are usually a team that has the potential to compete for a conference or divisional title, but this year has been a major down year for the program, and they will be looking to finish off the year strong and regroup heading into the offseason.
Kent State is currently on a five game losing streak, and they have been very uncompetitive in all five of those games as they are losing by several touchdowns each and every week. They have yet to win a single game inside of the conference, and it seems more and more likely that they will finish winless inside of the conference if they do not pick up a victory over Akron here in this one on Wednesday night. And their previous road game they were defeated by Eastern Michigan by a score of 28 to 14 and they will be looking to grab a crucial road victory here in this one on Wednesday.
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There’s not much that can be said about the Akron football program as they have a long history of being unsuccessful and underwhelming. This is another one of those years where they have been extremely unsuccessful as they come into this game as losers of seven out of their first eight games of the season. They are already bull and eligible, and unless they somehow manage to win the remainder of their games this season, they won’t even be eligible to take a spot if there is one left over for five and seven teams.
At the moment it seems very unlikely that they will pick up another victory throughout the year unless they manage to pick up a victory here on Wednesday night. Luckily for Akron they are the betting favorites in Vegas in this one and they are expected to bring home a victory at home but that obviously is not 100% guaranteed when it comes to any game especially not a rivalry game of this magnitude. This is a rivalry that has a lot of tradition in history and even a wagon wheel is involved and a lot of these kids are players that likely played against each other in high school, and potentially even went to high school with each other so this one is that much more important for these communities and Akron? Will be looking to grab the bragging rights this season with a victory
Betting trends to consider in this matchup:
- Kent State is on 4 game winning streak in the series
- Akron hasn’t won a conference game at home
- Kent State is 5-3 on overs
I expect this to be a pretty ugly game between two pretty awful teams here on Wednesday night as both of them compete for their second victory of the season. In the end, I look for this one to be a high scoring contest that ends up like your typical midweek Mid American Conference matchup where there is plenty of scoring and plenty of interesting moments to go around. By the time the final whistle sounds, I look for Kent State and Akron to go over their total points in this game.
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