NCAA Football Odds: Akron Zips vs. Cincinnati Bearcats

College Football PicksAkron Zips will face the Cincinnati Bearcats this Saturday September 17th, 2011 at Nippert Stadium.

Our price per head betting readers realize the Zips are in ‘Dire Straits,’ starting the 2011 campaign 0-2 SU, ATS and ITS while losing both games by double digits (combined score of 83-3).

Sportsbooks odds currently have the Bearcats listed as 31-point favorites versus the Zips, and the game's total is sitting at 56.

And while these avenging squads (lost 17-15 at home to Cincy in 2008) are usually reliable play-on teams, the problem for Akron this afternoon in the Queen City is they’re facing a ‘Mission Team’ that heard Rocky Top for all four quarters last Saturday in Knoxville.

You can bet – though we won’t – that the Bearcats are itching to get back on the win track after that 45-23 thumping. And though they’ve averaged more than 52 PPG in their five wins under head coach Butch Jones, we can’t lay this kind of wood… not with an NC State revenger on deck and the Zips in that aforementioned ‘Dire Straits’ situation.

We’re also not ready to grab the points with Akron second-year man Ron Ianello (1-13 SU, 5-8 ATS), whose tread is wearing awfully thin in the Rubber City. Another nooner that just doesn’t pique our interest.

Trends:

The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Akron's last 6 games

The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Akron's last 6 games on the road

Akron is 3-7 ATS in its last 10 games on the road

Akron is 1-13 SU in its last 14 games

Cincinnati is 17-5 SU in its last 22 games at home

Cincinnati is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games

Cincinnati is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games

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