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CFB Betting Picks + CFB Odds: Week 10 | Western Michigan at Akron
Akron +20.5 (FanDuel)
College football season has been underway for months, but that doesn’t mean all the teams have been playing. We are set to kick off the MAC play with a Wednesday night slate full of MACtion. Six games are on the slate, and since they are all 0-0, we have a ton of questions to break down. On the betting side of things, we have a number of big spreads on the slate and then a few games that are expected to stay close.
Despite Akron sitting as a 20.5-point underdog, I am willing to take a shot that the Zips are able to keep this one respectable. Akron won a total of zero games last season, so clearly they were in full rebuilding mode heading into 2020. They are one of the youngest teams in the country but have some experience under center with Kato Nelson back for his senior season. In addition, they return four starters on the offensive line, so they should improve from being one of the worst offensive teams in the country last year.
On the other side, Western Michigan looks to build on a 7-6 campaign last year that got them into a bowl game. They are more experienced but also a little more up in the air in terms of personnel with a new quarterback under center following Jon Wassink’s graduation. In addition, they lost a handful of players upfront and had some COVID opt-outs, which could further test the depth. They have a few guys expected to pick up the slack in the backfield after LeVante Bellamy graduated, but again it’s a situation in flux. Defensively, they have some key returning players, led by the MAC Conference Player of the Year, linebacker Treshaun Hayward.
There isn’t any argument that Western Michigan on paper is the better team and should walk away with an opening-game victory. However, this is the first game, so both teams may not be crisp. Plus, the losses for Western Michigan may have an impact, especially offensively. It never feels good to back a team coming off a winless season, but we have to consider the 20.5 points we are getting in a game with a total of just 52.5 points. Akron’s offense last year was horrendous, but the return of Nelson and a coaching staff in its second year should pay dividends. A few touchdowns should set the table to stay inside this number.
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