College football betting preview: MAC

By Tim Murray and Dave Tuley  (VSiN.com) 

July 28, 2022 08:01 PM
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The VSiN college football experts have been hard at work this summer, writing up team previews and predictions for all 131 FBS teams, including their favorite individual season win total and College Football Playoff bets.

Here are the team previews for the MAC:

AKRON

Joe Moorhead takes over the Zips program after the Tom Arth era came to a close nine games into the 2021 season. The Zips have not reached a bowl since 2017 and have won a combined three games over the last three seasons. Moorhead has a record of 52-25 as a head coach at Fordham and Mississippi State and most recently was the offensive coordinator at Oregon. Akron hiring Moorhead away from Oregon was one of the most impressive coaching moves of the offseason. He has the potential to lead Akron to new heights over the coming years, but 2022 will likely be a struggle.

Offense

The Zips were 119th in scoring offense last season and have to replace QB Zach Gibson, who transferred to Georgia Tech, and leading WR Konata Mumpfield, who transferred to Pitt. DJ Irons (296 rushing yards) will likely take over at quarterback, but Albany transfer Jeff Undercuffler could compete for the job. In 2019, Undercuffler threw 41 touchdown passes and helped lead Albany to the FCS playoffs. Running back Jonzell Norrils (573 yards, 3 TDs) returns and Akron added RB Cam Wiley from Minnesota. At wide receiver, the Zips were busy in the portal, adding Alex Adams (LSU), Shocky Jacques-Louis (Pitt) and Daniel George (Penn State). Jacques-Louis had over 1,000 yards receiving in 45 games at Pitt. Akron also added tight end TJ Banks from West Virginia. TE Tristian Brank had 25 receptions for 269 yards last season.

Defense

Defensively, Akron returns 16 of its 18 top tacklers. However, the Zips averaged a woeful 1.25 sacks per game last season. LB Bubba Arslanian returns after missing the final eight games last season because of injury. Arslanian had 43 tackles in the first four games. Akron added a couple of Power 5 transfers to the secondary, KJ Martin (West Virginia) and Cam Threatt (Mississippi State).

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