We have the Glass Bowl with Akron at Toledo on Saturday afternoon at noon in MAC action.
It's been a long season for Akron, who is coming off a 38-0 loss to Kent State at home last week. They have just one conference win and it was over Bowling Green (35-20) on Oct. 9. They have covered four of their last six games. On Nov. 4, Tom Arth was fired as head coach and Oscar Rodriguez took over as interim coach.
Toledo is 4-3 in the MAC and coming off a 35-23 road win over Ohio.
Shut out on the roadYou think it can't get any worse and it does. Akron was shut out last Saturday against Kent State in the Wagon Wheel showdown. The Zips turned the ball over twice and amassed just 188 yards of total offense with 11 first downs. The defense was horrendous against the run, allowing 410 yards on 52 attempts. Quarterback Zach Gibson went 14-of-21 for 111 yards and 10 rushing yards. Jonzell Norrils rushed for 50 yards on 16 carries to lead Akron.
The Zips have had some competitive games. They fell at Western Michigan by just five getting 26 on Nov. 9 and lost to Ball State at home 31-26 getting 20 on Nov. 2. They've had some injuries and it starts at quarterback where starter Kato Nelson has played in just four games due to injury. Gobspm has completed 69.4% of his passes for 1,262 yards with 10 TDs and no picks in seven games. Norrils has 483 rushing yards with three TD and WR Kontata Mumpfield leads with 61 catches for 723 yards and eight TDs.
Akron's major issues are on the defensive end, where they are allowing 457 yards per game and 246 on the ground (128th). They have almost no running game (117.9ypg), so when you can't stop the run and can't run the ball (111th), it's tough to win and score points (20.4ppg) when you lose your starting quarter. They've also had a whopping 12 lost fumbles and 29 fumbles overall.
Solid offensive effortagainst BobcatsToledo jumped out to a 35-9 lead against Ohio and held on for the 35-23 win on Nov. 16 as the Bobcats scored two lead touchdowns in the last 4:29 to make the game more respectable. The Rockets' running games nearly unstoppable as Bryant Koback ran for 203 yards with four TDs on 21 attempts. Dequan Finn completed 10 of 14 for 150 yards with one TD and ran for 28 yards. Defensively, they did allow nearly 450 yards of offense, as the Bobcats had the ball for over 41:00.
Koback is having a fantastic season with 1,40 yards rushing and 15 combined touchdowns on 6.5 yards per carry. Finn is completing 59.5% of his passes for 1,605 yards with 12 TDs and one pick. Devin Maddox leads the Rockets with 36 catches for 519 yards and three TDs.
At 4-3 in the MAC with a bowl bid looming, Toledo would like to finish with at least seven wins. They have done a nice job defensively, holding teams to 340.5 yards (33rd), 193 passing yards (19th) and 147.5 rushing yards (62nd). Offensively, they are averaging 186 rushing yards (44th) and 32.8 points per game (37th).
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Full-Game Side Bet
This line make a little sense thinking that maybe Akron has given up, but they had not given up before last week's loss at Ohio. Toledo's offense is based on running the football and while Akron doesn't really stop the run, they will load the box and this will be a fast game. Toledo is playing for their Seniors and they don't have much to play, because Northern Illinois has won the West Division of the MAC. Toledo is going bowling and they just want every senior to play in this game. They'll take the win, but the huge blowout of over 28 points won't happen.
Full-Game Total Pick
Akron was shut out last week and is averaging just 20.4 points per game. Their offense without Kato Nelson has been rough and now they are taking on one of the MAC's better defenses. Toledo's defense has been underrated. They've allowed 15 points from Western Michigan and 22 from Northern Illinois at home. On the road, they've allowed 52 points combined from Ball State, Ohio and Bowling Green.