MACtion continues as the Kent State Golden Flashes (1-7) and the Akron Zips (1-7) square off on Wednesday evening. Kent State has dropped five games in a row, failing to score more than 17 points in any of those matchups. In Week 9, the Golden Flashes lost 24-6 to the Buffalo Bulls. Similarly, Akron is on a six-game skid. On Oct. 21, Bowling Green topped the Zips 41-14.

Kickoff from Summa Field at InfoCision Stadium in Akron is set for 7:30 p.m. ET. The Zips are 4-point favorites in the Kent State vs. Akron odds via SportsLine consensus, while the over/under for total points is 38.5. Before making any Akron vs. Kent State picks, be sure to check out 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 Kent State vs. Akron 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 Akron vs. Kent state: 

  • Kent State vs. Akron spread: Zips -4
  • Kent State vs. Akron over/under: 38.5 points
  • Kent State vs. Akron money line: Zips -177, Golden Flashes +148
  • AKR: 3-5 ATS this season 
  • KSU: 1-7 ATS this season
  • Kent State vs. Akron picks: See picks at SportsLine
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Why Kent State can cover

Senior running back Jaylen Thomas has become the main contributor in the backfield as sophomore running back Gavin Garcia has been sidelined with an injury. Thomas has logged 80 rushes for 305 yards and one touchdown. The Colorado native recorded 17-plus carries and 65-plus yards on the ground in three straight matchups. On Oct. 14 versus Eastern Michigan, Thomas notched 23 rushes for 94 yards.

On the defensive side of the ball, senior linebacker Devin Nicholson has been the most consistent playmaker. The Michigan native ranks first on the team in total tackles (53) with one fumble recovery. In his last outing, Nicholson had six total tackles. It was his sixth game of the year with at least six total stops. See which team to pick here.

Why Akron can cover

Junior defensive lineman CJ Nunnally IV is the best pass rusher for the Zips. The Georgia native ranks first on the team in sacks (5) and is fourth in total tackles (38). On Sept. 30 against Buffalo, Nunnally IV supplied four tackles and two sacks.

Sophomore linebacker Bryan McCoy is an instinctive and alert defender on the second level. McCoy has a knack for being around the ball and getting plenty of stops. The Illinois native is fifth in the MAC in total tackles (72) and tackles per game (9). He's finished with double-digit stops in three outings thus far. See which team to back here.

How to make Akron vs. Kent State picks

SportsLine's model is leaning Over on the point total, projecting the teams to combine for 52 points. The model also says one side of the spread hits in well over 50% of simulations. You can see the model's picks at SportsLine

So who wins Kent State vs. Akron, and which side of the spread hits well over 50% 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.