Saturday afternoon on the college gridiron and a couple of teams from the Mid-American Conference will do battle as the Kent State Golden Flashes rumble with the Miami-Ohio Redhawks. This contest has a start time of 2:30 pm ET and will take place at Fred Yager Stadium in Oxford, Ohio. Kent won last year’s clash at home by a score of 17-14.
The Golden Flashes enter this game off 27-26 home loss to Ohio to fall to 0-2 within the MAC, while the Redhawks are off a 41-14 road win over Akron to move to 2-1 in league play.
Kent Falls Just Sort Against Bobcats
The Kent State Golden Flashes have not had a very good year, but they nearly pulled off a stunning upset this past weekend as they lost to the Ohio Bobcats by a score of 27-26. They had lost their previous three games in a row and were outscored by 34 ppg in those games. Overall, they are now at 1-5 and will be searching for their first conference win this afternoon. The offense has been rather average for the Golden Flashes this year as they are 59th in the nation in total yards. They had 472 yards against the Bobcats, but that is a bad defense that they were facing. The Miami defense comes in ranked 53rd in the nation in yards allowed.
— Kent State Athletics (@KentStAthletics) October 8, 2018
Woody Barrett has been rather average behind center so far as he has thrown for 1411 yards with seven TDs and seven INTs. He threw for 272 yards with two TDs and two INTs against the Bobcats. Isaiah McKoy had a big game with 118 yards receiving and a TD, while Justin Rankin ran for 123 yards on 16 carries. They will need that kind of balance if they hope to knock off the Redhawks in this one.
The Golden Flashes are 69th in passing and 64th in rushing, so they have been pretty balanced on offense. They have put up just 25.8 ppg, which is 95th in the nation. The defense has been their sore spot as they come in ranked 126th in total yards allowed 125th vs the pass and 116th in points allowed at 37.5 ppg. if they are not facing a great offense, but Miami does have some athletes and can take apart a bad defense.
Defense Rules In Rout Of Akron
The Miami Redhawks have started out league play at 2-1 and they will look to make it 3-1 when they host a bad Kent State squad. Miami enters this game off a 41-14 rout of Akron on the road and it really was their defense that led them in the game. The Redhawks allowed Akron to put up just 259 yards of total offense while forcing five turnovers. They will have a shot at another strong defensive outing against a Kent State that is not great on offense. Brad Koenig led the defense with two INTs and a fumble recovery. He certainly had himself a game and he could have another big game here as the Golden Flashes are 100th in the nation in giveaways per game at 2.0.
Brad Koenig is having himself a game! This is his second interception and third takeaway today!#RiseUpRedHawks
— Miami Football (@MiamiOHFootball) October 6, 2018
The Miami offense has not been that good at all this year, but they had 422 yards against Akron. The Redhawks had a balanced attack as they ran for 208 yards while passing for 214. Most teams would kill for balance like that and they hope to have the same balanced attack against the Golden Flashes, who have just been awful on the defensive side of the ball this year. Gus Ragland had a strong outing against the Zips as he threw for 214 yards on 72.7% passing with a TD and an INT. Ragland has thrown for 1231 yards with nine TDs and just three INTs on the year so far. He will look to have a big game against the 125th ranked pass defense in the nation.
- 4-0 ATS in their last 4 conference games
- 4-1 ATS the last five games in this series
Kent State is:
- 2-5 ATS vs. a team with a losing record
- 4-10 ATS in their last 14 games following an ATS win
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
The Golden Flashes played a close game against the Bobcats last week, but this is still not a very good team and that game was at home. the Golden Flashes are 0-4 on the road so far and they have been outscored 46 ppg to 18.8 ppg in those contests. their defense has been horrible away from home as they have allowed 593 ypg so far, including 356 ypg through the air and Miami has thrown for 263 ypg at home. Miami has averaged 39.3 ppg in their last three games and is riding the momentum from last weeks big road win over Akron. Look for Miami to take this one easily.
Prediction: Miami -11
Full-Game Total Pick
I like Miami to win this one easily and they will get their fair share of points, but I do not see the Golden Flashes scoring a ton in this one. They have averaged just 18.8 ppg on the road and Miami has averaged just 22.3 ppg at home. I see a 31-14 final in this one. The Under is 5-0 the last five games in this series and 6-0 in Kent’s last six road games vs. a team with a losing home record, plus 23-9-1 in Miami’s last 33 vs. a team with a losing record.
Half-Time Side Pick
The Golden Flashes played a close game their last time out, but I do not see them hanging in this game. Miami has an offense that can put up a nice number on a bad defense. The real strength on Miami is their defense and they should corral a Krent offense that has been very inconsistent.
Prediction: Miami -6.5 (First Half)
Half-Time Total Bet
I will look for this to be a low scoring first half. the Miami offense has not been good and while They will put up some points on a bad defense, they will not go hog wild. The KSU offense is inconsistent and the Miami defense has been solid this year.
Prediction: Under 30.5 (First Half)