Mid-American Conference foes link up as the Akron Zips (2-8) and the Eastern Michigan Eagles (4-6) square off during Tuesday night MACtion. Eastern Michigan looks to avoid seven regular season losses for the first time since 2017. The Eagles have dropped three straight games, falling 49-23 to Toledo in Week 11. On the opposite sideline, Akron is on a seven-game road losing streak. This is the third-longest streak in the FBS. Akron running back Lorenzo Lingard (arm) is questionable for this matchup.
Kickoff from Rynearson Stadium is set for 7 p.m. ET on CBS Sports Network. The Eagles are 3.5-point favorites in the latest Akron vs. Eastern Michigan odds via SportsLine consensus, while the over/under for total points is 39. Before making any Eastern Michigan vs. Akron picks, you need to see the college football predictions and betting advice from SportsLine’s proven computer model.
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Now, the model has set its sights on Akron vs. Eastern Michigan and just revealed its picks and MACtion predictions. You can visit SportsLine to see the model’s CFB picks. Here are several college football odds and trends for Eastern Michigan vs. Akron:
- Akron vs. Eastern Michigan spread: Eagles -3.5
- Akron vs. Eastern Michigan over/under: 39 points
- Akron vs. Eastern Michigan money line: Eagles -173, Zips +145
- AKR: 3-6 ATS this season
- EMU: 5-5 ATS this season
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Why Eastern Michigan can cover
The Eagles have a solid defensive unit, ranking sixth in the MAC in scoring (25) and seventh in pass defense (204.8). Two linebackers are playing at a high level for Eastern Michigan. Senior Joe Sparacio is an alert and instinctive defender in the middle of the field. Sparacio wraps up well, leading the conference in total tackles (112) with two sacks and two forced fumbles. The Florida native has recorded double-digit tackles in six games thus far. On Oct. 28 versus Western Michigan, Sparacio finished with 23 total tackles and one forced fumble.
Senior linebacker Chase Kline is an additional difference-maker on the second level. Kline is first in the MAC in tackles per game (12.1) with 109 total stops on the season. The Ohio native finished with 13 total tackles and one fumble recovery in the loss to Toledo on Nov. 8. See which team to pick here.
Why Akron can cover
Akron heads into this contest ranking sixth in the MAC in both total defense (331.8) and run defense (149.3) but fourth in pass defense (182.5). The Zips have logged 18 team sacks with junior defensive lineman CJ Nunnally IV leading the way. Nunnally IV has good speed and finesse moves to get into the backfield. The Georgia native is tied for third in the MAC in sacks (7) with 53 total tackles. Additionally, he leads the MAC in TFL (13.5).
In his last outing versus Miami (OH), Nunnally IV tallied 10 total tackles and one sack. Sophomore linebacker Bryan McCoy is consistently flying to the ball. McCoy is fifth in the conference in total tackles (87) and tackles per game (8.7). He’s supplied four double-digit tackle games in 2023. In last week’s loss to Miami (OH), McCoy notched 11 total tackles and one forced fumble. See which team to pick here.
How to make Eastern Michigan vs. Akron picks
SportsLine’s model is going Over on the total, projecting the teams to combine for 51 points. The model also says one side of the spread hits in 70% of simulations. You can only see the model’s pick at SportsLine.
So who wins Akron vs. Eastern Michigan, and which side of the spread hits 70% of the time? Visit SportsLine now to see which side of the spread you need to jump on, all from the model that has notched a profit of well over $2,000 on its top-rated college football spread picks, and find out.