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#159 Kent State -14.5 vs.
#160 Akron 56
Saturday, October 12, 2019 at 3:30pm EDT
Written by Scott Reichel



#159 Kent State University
#160 University of Akron


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Week seven of college football continues as Kent State travels to InfoCision Stadium to take on Akron on Saturday, Oct. 12 at 3:30 P.M. This will be the 62nd meeting between these teams. This will be the first meeting since last season when the Zips beat the Golden Flashes on the road by a score of 24-23.

Kent State Looks To Stay Undefeated In Conference Play

So far this season, the Kent State Golden Flashes have looked surprisingly decent. After being bottom feeders in the MAC for several years, it appears that Kent State is finally out of the conference basement. Despite losing by 48 points to a ranked team last week, Kent State is still 1-0 in conference play and will look to remain undefeated in the MAC on Saturday. In addition, it scored a whopping 62 points in its lone conference game this season so its offense will look to keep it rolling on the road in this game. Plus, it is a bit of a revenge spot for the Golden Flashes as they have lost each of their last four meetings against the Zips.

The starting quarterback for the Golden Flashes is juniorDustin Crum who has looked great so far this season. After becoming the starter in the middle of the season, he has thrown for 725 passing yards along with five passing touchdowns and zero interceptions. However, he has been sacked a whopping 18 times so it appears that his offense line simply cannot protect him on a regular basis. With that being the case, look for Crum to try getting rid of the ball extremely quickly.

Kent State’s biggest threat on defense has been junior linebackerMandela Lawrence-Burke who has been great this season. Specifically, he has 34 tackles which is tied for the most on the team. In addition, he also has recorded a sack so he is able to get to the quarterback when he is sent in various blitz packages. However, he only recorded three tackles last week against Wisconsin so he will look to bounce back on Saturday.

Akron Looks To Win Its First Game Of 2019

So far this season, the Akron Zips have looked like the worst team in the entire FBS. After being decent in the MAC for several years, it appears that Akron will finish this season in the basement. Specifically, the Zips are still winless through five games and got embarrassed on the road last week to an awful UMASS team that it was projected to beat by about a touchdown. Now, Akron is projected to lose at home in this conference game by about two touchdowns. However, one has to seriously wonder about the psyche of this team as winning does not appear like something that the Zips will get to experience very often this season.

Leading the Zips offensively is junior quarterback Kato Nelson who has looked good so far this season. So far this season, he has thrown for 1,065 passing yards along with eight passing touchdowns. However, he has been sacked 19 times so he has not had a lot of time to work within the pocket which would help explain his three interceptions. However, Nelson is currently listed as questionable for this game so he could hypothetically be unavailable on Saturday.

Akron’s biggest threat on defense has been sophomore linebacker Bubba Arslanian who has been solid so far this season. Specifically, he has 46 tackles which is the second-most on the team. In addition, he also has recorded one sack which is tied for the most on the team. Overall, Akron's defense lacks playmakers at virtually every level so Arslanian will look to make an impact on Saturday.

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Even though Akron has dominated this series in recent years, Kent State is the much better football team and should be able to win by at least 14 points. Akron is still winless this season and Kent State has looked great in its lone conference game up to this point so I think there is a serious mismatch. Plus, Akron just got embarrassed by a pathetic UMASS team so there should be little to no confidence from the Zips moving forward.  Give me the road team as a result.

Prediction: Kent State -13.5

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Even though Akron's offense is below average, its defense is even worse so I can see Kent State scoring at least 40 points in this game. Kent State scored an impressive 62 points against Bowling Green earlier this season so I think it should be able to score at least 42 points in this game. Meanwhile, its defense is not that great either so I think Akron should score at least 14 points in this game. Give me the over as a result.

Prediction: Over 56.5

Written By Scott Reichel

Scott Reichel is a University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate with an insane passion for sports. His commitment to endlessly researching statistics helps separate him from other handicappers with regard to MLB, NBA, NCAAB, NCAAF, NHL and NFL coverage. Scott also shares his passion for sports on StatSalt's YouTube page where he does a daily show called Scott's Selections.