Iowa State vs. Akron fearless prediction and game preview.
Date: Saturday, September 22
Game Time: 12:00 ET
Venue: Jack Trice Stadium, Ames, IA
Akron (2-0) vs. Iowa State (0-2) Game Preview
One Reason Why Akron Will Win
So how did Akron pull off the shocking comeback win over Northwestern? The defense showed up very, very big.
Star linebacker Alvin Davis took two interceptions for scores, to go along with his ten tackles. But he’s just a part of another good defense that’s currently the MAC”s best, allowing just 323 yards per game.
The offense might not be anything special, but in two games the line has been strong, it’s not allowing much behind the line, and the big plays are there with the passing game.
One Reason Why Iowa State Will Win
The offense might have the nation’s worst running game at the moment, but that’s about to change. Dealing with Iowa and Oklahoma were a problem, but this group is about to go off.
David Montgomery is way too good a back to keep under wraps for long. He’s been okay with 126 yards so far, and now he needs a little more help. That’s coming.
Hakeem Butler and the Cyclone receiving corps gave Oklahoma all sorts of problems last week, and now, as long as Zeb Noland is careful with the ball and doesn’t start making the mistakes Northwestern did, the offense should finally be able to move the ball.
Akron isn’t good on third downs, and it can’t stop getting flagged, getting hit for a nation-most 106.5 yards per game. Conservative will work for Iowa State – let the Zips screw up.
What’s Going To Happen
Akron is one of those pesky teams that finds ways to make things happen, but the offense isn’t good enough to punch through and do much against the Iowa State D.
This is when the Cyclone running game will finally start to move. The Zips have stuffed teams in their first two games, but Iowa State will commit to the ground attack, and it’ll work.
But Akron won’t just get blasted. It’s good enough to make the Big 12er sweat a bit – it doesn’t have the offense, though.
Fearless Prediction & Line
Iowa State 31, Akron 17
Line: Iowa State -18.5, o/u: 45
ATS Confidence out of 5: 3
Must See Rating: 2.5
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