Saturday afternoon college football action and a pair of teams from the MAC Conference will square off as the Kent State Golden Flashes invade Peden Stadium in Athens, Ohio to rumble with the Ohio Bobcats. The Bobcats won this game on the road last year by a score of 27-26.
Crum Is Leading The OffenseOhio will have the tough task containing quarterback Dustin Crum this weekend. He has completed 72% of his passes for 874 yards with six TDs and no INTs. The sophomore signal-caller also rushed for 214 yards and a TD on the year. Still, Kent State has struggled on offense as they are 111th in passing and 62nd in rushing while putting up just 22.8 ppg, which is 104th.
“I think he’s like a lot of quarterbacks in college football right now in terms of having a running ability and passing ability,“ Bobcats head coach Frank Solich said. “He looks calm and pouts out there and is very confident. He can beat teams in a lot of different ways.”
The Golden Flashes are coming off a 26-3 victory over Akron and they have now outscored their first two MAC foes by a combined score of 88-23. They have been outscored by 26.8 ppg in their other four games this year. The defense has had mixed results as the Golden Flashes are 42nd against the pass but 129th against the run. The Bobcats are very average in running the ball at 64th in the nation.
The defense has been strugglingThe Ohio Bobcats are just 2-4 on the year and their defense has been a major issue for them, especially of late. The Bobcats allowed just 20 points in each of their first two games this year, but in their last four, they have allowed 34.3 ppg. In their last game, they lost to Northern Illinois at home by a score of 39-36. The Bobcats allowed 510 yards of total offense in the contest and will look for a better showing in this one, but it may not be all that easy as the Kent State offense has awakened.
“The number of snaps some of our guys on defense are getting is probably too many,“ Solich said. “We’re going to look to sub out earlier and keep fresher guys on the field at times. We think we need to give our guys more rest as they get into the third and fourth quarter."
The Golden Flashes have a dual-threat QB and so do the Bobcats. Nathan Rourke has thrown for 127o yards and eight TDs with four INTs while also rushing for 330 yards and four TD. He leads a ground attack that is 64th in the nation and will take aim at a very poor Kent State run defense. Rourke had 258 yards with two TDs and no INTs last week, but it just wasn't enough in the loss to the Huskies.
The Kent State Golden Flashes are:
- 5-2 ATS in their last seven games against the Mid-American Conference
- 4-0 ATS in their last four games against teams with losing records
- 7-2 ATS in their last nine road games against Ohio
The Ohio Bobcats are:
- 1-5 ATS in their last six overall
- 1-4 ATS in their last five home games
- 1-4 ATS in their last five games against the Mid-American Conference