Tuesday college football betting preview: Bowling Green at Akron, Toledo at Kent State

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Bowling Green Falcons at Akron Zips (-7,
58)

The Bowling Green Falcons will look to retain their hold on top
spot in the Mid-American Conference’s East Division as they
visit InfoCision Stadium on Tuesday night for a date with the
rival Akron Zips. The Falcons are coming off their first
conference loss of the season last time out, a 26-14 setback to
Western Michigan. The Zips should provide a stiff challenge as
they return home following disappointing road losses to Ohio
and Ball State.

Akron is coming off its most disappointing result of the
season, having built a 21-6 lead against the Cardinals before
surrendering 29 unanswered points and going scoreless in the
second half. The Zips fell victim to five turnovers – including
four interceptions thrown by Tommy Woodson, who came into the
game with just two picks in his first six games. The Falcons
have won two straight road games, scoring an average of 39
points in those victories.
 
TV: 8 p.m. ET, ESPN2.

WEATHER: Temperatures will be in the low-50s
and forecasts are calling for a 42 percent chance of rain. Wind
will blow across the field at 13 mph.

WHAT CAPPERS SAY: “The MAC takes center stage
on Tuesdays and Wednesdays the next three weeks, beginning
tonight. An interesting fact from my database finds MAC
visitors 17-8 ATS in these Tuesday-Wednesday affairs when they
are off a SU and ATS loss in their previous game (read: Bowling
Green and Buffalo). Akron is 1-6 ATS against FBS foes this
season and has lost the stats in each of its last three games,
making them a risky proposition against the Falcons.”
Covers
Expert Marc Lawrence.

WHAT BOOKS SAY: “A Mac Conference battle
tonight with 5-3 Bowling Green paying a visit to 4-4 Akron with
first place in the East division on the line.  Bowling
Green is getting 75 percent of the action as a 6.5-point road
dog and 97 percent of the action on the moneyline with the
58.5-point total seeing split action with a slight edge to the
over with 53 percent of the action.”
Michael Stewart, CarbonSports.ag.

CHEERLEADER WAR:



ABOUT BOWLING GREEN (5-3 SU, 3-5 ATS, 4-4
O/U): 
Sophomore quarterback James Knapke had a
rough go of it in the loss to Western Michigan, completing 20
of 33 passes for 139 yards while failing to throw a touchdown
pass for just the second time all season. Junior running back
Travis Greene leads the Bowling Green ground assault, but has
been held under 75 yards in each of his last three outings
after reaching triple digits in three of the previous four.
Roger Lewis paces the receiving corps with 53 catches for 706
yards and three scores.

ABOUT AKRON (4-4 SU, 2-6 ATS, 2-6 O/U):
 Pohl has
missed the last two games for the Zips, and his absence has
been felt dramatically; the junior pivot has 1,289 passing
yards and seven touchdowns while throwing just three
interceptions on the season. Woodson has started both games in
Pohl’s absence, completing just over 50 percent of his passes
while throwing three TD passes and getting picked off six
times. Conor Hundley (69 carries, 407 yards, three TDs) and
Jawon Chisholm (54 carries, 253 yards, three TDs) lead a
two-pronged rush attack.

TRENDS:

* Bowling Green is 19-7 ATS in its last 26 November
games.
* Akron is 1-6 ATS in its last seven home games against
teams with winning road records.
* Under is 7-0 in Falcons’ last seven games following a
double-digit loss at home.
* Favorite is 5-0 ATS in the last five meetings.

Toledo Rockets at Kent State Golden
Flashes (+13.5, 55)

The Toledo Rockets are flying high as they look to remain
unbeaten in Mid-American Conference play Tuesday evening
against the struggling Kent State Golden Flashes. The Rockets
overcame a crushing road loss to Iowa State in style, surviving
some nervous moments before ultimately prevailing 42-35 over
visiting Massachusetts. The Golden Flashes aren’t likely to put
up much resistance, having scored more than 17 points just once
all season.

The secret to Toledo’s success so far in 2014: a potent
rushing game that ranks among the top 20 in the nation in yards
per game (248.4). That ground assault was on full display in
the win over the Minutemen, as the Rockets racked up 295
rushing yards – 198 provided by Kareem Hunt – to overcome a
438-yard passing effort from Massachusetts quarterback Blake
Frohnapfel. Kent State managed just 285 total yards in last
week’s 10-3 loss to Miami (Ohio). 

TV: 8 p.m. ET, ESPNU

WEATHER: Temperatures will be in the low-50s
with a 41 percent chance of rain. Wind will blow across the
field at 12 mph.

WHAT CAPPERS SAY: “Toledo leads the MAC West
race at 4-0 while Kent resides in the cellar of the MAC
East.  Question is will the Rockets get caught looking
ahead to a much bigger game next week against Northern
Illinois?” Covers
Expert Marc Lawrence.

WHAT BOOKS SAY: “The top team in the Mac West
division visits the bottom team in the Mac, Kent State. It is
all Toledo action in this game with 93 percent on Toledo
covering the 14-point line, 95 percent on the moneyline and the
over 55 point total is getting 99 percent of the action.”

Michael Stewart, CarbonSports.ag.

CHEERLEADER WAR:

 

ABOUT TOLEDO (5-3 SU, 2-6 ATS, 6-2 O/U):
The Rockets’
aerial attack is guided by sophomore Logan Woodside, who tied a
season high with three touchdown passes while amassing 225
yards against the Minutemen. Woodside has done well to keep his
composure away from Toledo, throwing for five TDs against just
one interception in three road games in 2014. Hunt (85 carries,
725 yards, eight touchdowns) has a partner in crime in the
backfield, joining with Terry Swanson (81 carries, 586 yards,
six TDs) to form a lethal 1-2 punch.

ABOUT KENT STATE (1-7 SU, 2-6 ATS, 3-4-1
O/U):
 Second-year quarterback Colin Reardon was
at his best in the Golden Flashes’ lone victory of the season
Oct. 18 over Army, throwing for 360 yards with three
touchdowns. He came back to Earth the following week –
completing just 21 of 39 passes for 201 yards and an
interception – and could be in for a long night against a Kent
State defense allowing just 209 passing yards per game. The
Kent State running game has been virtually nonexistent,
averaging just 2.7 yards on 221 carries.
 
TRENDS:

* Toledo is 1-8 ATS in its last eight games following a
bye week.
* Kent State is 2-8 ATS in its last 10 games following an
SU loss.
* Over is 7-2 in Rockets’ last nine games.
* Under is 3-0-1 in Golden Flashes’ last four conference
games.

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