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Akron an ugly underdog worth backing against No. 15 Tennessee

It doesn’t get a lot uglier than this.

After dropping, 52-0, as a 34.5-point underdog to Michigan State in Week 2, the Akron Zips now journey to Neyland Stadium to tackle No. 15 Tennessee (2-0). The Volunteers are 47.5-point favorites in opposition to the Zips on Saturday.

Akron would be the second MAC opponent that has visited Rocky High this season. Ball State closed as a 36.5-point ’canine to the Vols in Week 1 and by no means had an opportunity at protecting in a 59-10 drubbing. Tennessee raced out to a 45-0 lead in that contest, giving chalk-eaters a comparatively enjoyable expertise.

Week 2 was a trickier endeavor for Tennessee because the Vols traveled to Heinz Discipline to tackle No. 23 Pitt. It took extra time, however the Vols squeezed out one other cowl, beating the six-point unfold in a 34-27 thriller. The Volunteers got here into the season with some dark-horse hype within the SEC West they usually’ve delivered to date.


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Quarterback Hendon Hooker has carried out nothing to dispel the notion that he’s a Heisman candidate (he’s 40/1 at BetMGM after Week 2), throwing for 546 yards and totaling six touchdowns (4 passing and two dashing) via Tennessee’s first two video games. Hooker has but to throw an interception this season and sports activities the Twenty first-best QB Score, per ESPN.

With Tennessee on a mini-roll, Hooker in good type, and Akron coming off a 52-point pasting to Michigan State, it’s no marvel this line is threatening to the touch seven touchdowns. And although I forgive you for not eager to learn on as a result of this wager has “ache” written throughout it, there’s a motive to think about a play on the Zips.

Akron quarterback DJ Irons
Akron quarterback DJ Irons
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To begin with, the quantity is clearly inflated, and all it’s good to do is look again to final week for proof. Akron closed at +34.5 in opposition to Sparty and is now giving 13 extra factors to Tennessee. In response to Collin Wilson’s Motion Community Energy Scores, Michigan State and Tennessee can be a choose ’em on a impartial discipline, so there’s no motive this quantity ought to have jumped this a lot primarily based on one end result.

Secondly, it is a traditional sandwich spot for Tennessee. After needing to provide you with a clutch efficiency to beat Pitt on the street, the Vols now welcome one other MAC faculty to Knoxville earlier than heading to the Swamp to tackle Florida. It might not be a shocker to see the Vols race out to an early lead after which shut issues right down to keep away from accidents or give Florida a lot tape to work with forward of their assembly.

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And lastly, despite the fact that Akron misplaced beginning quarterback DJ Irons in Week 2, his backup Jeff Undercuffler, appeared like a succesful (comparatively talking, in fact) substitute.

Week 3 has loads of ugly ’canine price contemplating — like Ohio +17.5 in opposition to Iowa State, Nebraska +10.5 in opposition to Oklahoma and Texas-San Antonio +12.5 in opposition to Texas — however Akron is the ugliest of all of them.

Go Zips.

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