Central Michigan vs. Akron Odds, Picks: College Football MAC Betting Preview

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Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images. Pictured: Daniel Richardson (Central Michigan)

  • Central Michigan and Akron go head-to-head as part of college football's Week 7.
  • This MAC matchup could be wild, so buckle up for the ride.
  • Alex Kolodziej previews the matchup and offers up his best bet.

Central Michigan vs. Akron Odds

Saturday, Oct. 15
12 p.m. ET
Central Michigan Odds
-114o / -106u
Akron Odds
-114o / -106u
Odds via FanDuel. Get up-to-the-minute college football odds here.

If there's one game that could veer completely off the rails in the MAC during Saturday's Week 7, Central Michigan vs. Akron fits the bill.

The fact the game is being played in the early Saturday time slot is doubly electric — wake up, watch chaos, rake and then do whatever the rest of the day? Solid.

Both offenses chuck, neither defense tackles and special teams is essentially optional.

With that, let's make a play on the Week 7 game.

Central Michigan Chippewas

The Chippewas are 1-5 entering Week 7, but you can certainly chalk it up to their schedule.

Central Michigan drew Oklahoma State out the gates and has since played South Alabama (a good team!), Penn State and MAC-favorite Toledo.

The Chippewas also lost last weekend outright vs. Ball State as a 7.5-point favorite — the pass-happy offense was sapped by 20 mph winds.

Central Michigan's defense has been laughably bad in years past, but the 2022 unit has been formidable in key areas.

Although they can't defend the pass worth a lick, the Chipps are generating a fantastic push up front (No. 6 in Line Yards) and rank just outside the top 20 in Havoc.

Head coach Jim McElwain has notably struggled as a favorite. He's covered just three of the last 10 when his club is laying points, as opposed to 5-1 in the last six as underdogs.

Akron Zips

Only Hawaii and Colorado are being outscored by more points per game this season than Akron (28.4).

The defense is the second-worst nationally from a Pass Success standpoint, giving quarterbacks seemingly whatever they want.

The Zips allow the third-most yards per completion (15.6), while opposing signal callers are completing close to 70% of attempts.

Offensively, the Zips are about as one-dimensional as possible.

Akron doesn't even average 2.5 yards per carry, so it's all up to quarterback DJ Irons to pilot an offense throwing the ball at the sixth-highest rate in the country.

He is coming off of his best game of the year in a 55-34 romp of Ohio. However, there's one variable in particular affecting this matchup.

Central Michigan vs. Akron Matchup Analysis

Toggle the dropdowns below to hide or show how Central Michigan and Akron match up statistically:

Central Michigan Offense vs. Akron Defense
Rush Success108118
Line Yards12689
Pass Success45130
Pass Blocking**112100
Finishing Drives101125
** Pass Blocking (Off.) vs. Pass Rush (Def.)

Akron Offense vs. Central Michigan Defense
Rush Success11958
Line Yards396
Pass Success9398
Pass Blocking**10637
Finishing Drives11484
** Pass Blocking (Off.) vs. Pass Rush (Def.)

Pace of Play / Other
PFF Tackling54116
PFF Coverage78129
SP+ Special Teams119129
Seconds per Play22.7 (12)25.3 (38)
Rush Rate44.0% (114)41.1% (125)
Data via CollegeFootballData.com (CFBD), FootballOutsiders, SP+, Pro Football Focus and SportSource Analytics.

Central Michigan vs. Akron Betting Pick

Central Michigan quarterback Daniel Richardson struggled through the air in last week's wind game vs. Ball State.

He completed just 19 of his 40 attempts and failed to eclipse a rating of 100 or better for the first time all year.

In fact, Richardson's struggled in both games with double-digit mile-per-hour winds this season.

Against Bucknell in Week 2 — which closed with 11 mph winds at kickoff — he posted season lows in yards (198), completion percentage (46.9%) and QBR (25.3).

Central Michigan vs. Akron, meanwhile, is projected for winds around 13 mph.

It could potentially be a hurdle for the Chippewas offense, as we've seen this season. For Akron, there isn't a shot to move the ball if the wind is any sort of factor.

Special teams will likely be a disaster, too.

There were some 59.5s that popped up earlier in the week, but 59 is fine — it may be trending the other way as gametime nears, and this number is key when betting full-game college football totals.

Pick: Under 59

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