College Football action on Thursday evening and we will see a pair of teams from the Mid-American conference square off as the Buffalo Bulls grapple with the Kent State Golden Flashes at Dix Stadium in Kent, Ohio. Buffalo won this game at home last year by a score of 48-14.
The Buffalo Bulls enter this game playing very well as they have won their last three games in a row and are now at 3-2 within the MAVC after starting league play at 0-2. The offense has taken off of late as the Bulls have scored 86 points in their last two games combined after scoring a total of 61 points through their first two league games. The defense has been strong all year but even more so of late as they have allowed just 10.25 ppg over their last four games in regulation. Can the Bulls continue to play well on both sides of the ball? We shall see.
The Golden Flashes are trending in the opposite direction as they enter this game having lost their last three games in a row. Kent State is now at 3-6 overall, including 2-3 in league play. Their offense has been solid of late as they have averaged 29 ppg over their last three games but unfortunately, the Golden Flashes have allowed 34.3 ppg over the same stretch. The good news is that all three of their losses in a row have come by seven points or less, so they are not playing that bad at all. Can the Golden Flashes find enough defense against a hot offense to pull off the upset? You'll have to check back to find out.
Buffalo Looks For It's 4th Win In A RowThe Buffalo Bulls did not have a great start to their year but they are starting to put things together. The Bulls began their season at 2-4 with one of their two wins coming against an FCS foe in Robert Morris. Since their rough start, they have rattled off three wins in a row and all three wins have been by at least 21 points. Buffalo has outscored their foes 107-34 over that stretch and will now look to keep it rolling against a struggling Kent State team. The offense has shown up of late as the Bulls enter this game having scored 86 points in their last two games after notching a total of 61 points over their previous three games. In their last game, they crushed Eastern Michigan0n the road by a score of 43-14. Buffalo trailed the game 7-2 after one quarter but outscored the Eagles 27-0 in the 2nd frame and that was all she wrote.
The Bulls rolled up 460 yards of total offense in the contest, including 252 yards on the ground. Jaret Patterson led the attack with 160 yards rushing and two TDs. He leads the team in rushing with 995 yards, which is 16th in the nation. The Bulls ranked 123rd in the nation in passing but they are 17th in rushing and that is key as they will be facing a Kent State team that is 128th in the nation against the run. Kyle Vantrease has thrown for just 679 yards with five TDs and one INT so far this year. The Bulls are a bit old school as they rely on their ground game and defense to win games. In their last four games, they have allowed just 10.25 ppg in regulation. The Bulls gave up just 210 yards in the win over the Eagles and they are now 12th in total yards allowed, 42nd against the pass, 5th against the run and 36th in points allowed at 22.3 ppg. The defense will need to step up against a Kent State offense that has played well of late. This will be a big game for the Bulls as they look tp secure bowl eligibility.
The Defense Is A Mess For Kent StateWhile the Bulls have won three in a row, the Golden Flashes have lost three in a row. They are trending in the opposite direction and at 3-6 on the year, the Golden Flashes cannot afford another loss or they will be completely eliminated from contention for a bowl game. The offense has been solid of late, and I will get back to that in a moment, but I have to talk about the defense right now. The Golden Flashes have allowed an average 34.3 ppg over their last three games and they have allowed an average of 39.3 ppg in their six losses this year.
That compares to allowing just 15.3 ppg in their three wins. Stopping the run has been a major issue as the Golden Flashes are 128th in the nation in that department, allowing 256.1 ypg on the ground so far. They have even been worse of late, allowing an average of 272 ypg on the ground in their last three games. That is not good news as the Bulls are 17th in the nation in rushing. If they can stop the run, then Kent State will be in huge trouble in this game.
Now on to the offense. the Golden Flashes have been playing well on offense of late as they have averaged 413.3 ypg and 29.0 ppg over their last three games, but still, they have lost all three due to their lack of defense. Can the offense keep playing well? It will not be easy as the Bulls have allowed just 250.3 ypg and 11.3 ppg over its last three games. Kent State put up 33 points and 428 yards of total offense against the Toledo Rockets in their last game but it wasn't enough as they fell by two points, thanks to missing a two-point conversion.
Dustin Crum had a very nice game as he threw for 252 yards with three TDs and no INTs. Crums has had a very solid season, throwing for 1602 yards with 13 TDs and just one INT, but still, the Golden Flashes are 3-6 on the year. KSU ranks 95 in passing so far and 57th in rushing. They had 171 yards on the ground against the Rockets and have averaged 170.7 ypg on the ground over their last three games. Keeping that up will not be easy as the Bulls have allowed just 33.7 ypg on the ground over their last three games.
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- 8-2 ATS vs. a team with a losing record.
- 15-6 ATS in their last 21 games following an ATS win.
- The Road team is 7-1-1 ATS in their last 9 meetings
Kent State is:
- 8-17 ATS vs. a team with a winning record
- 4-10 ATS in their last 14 games in November
- 1-4 ATS their last five games in this series