The Monmouth Hawks will host the Kennesaw State Owls on Saturday in a Big South Conference showdown.According to the College Sports Journal, Monmouth was predicted to win the conference, and Kennesaw State was predicted to finish second.
When these teams met last season, Monmouth came away with a 45-21 road win over Kennesaw State.
Kennesaw State dominates Robert MorrisKennesaw State went 11-3 last season and finished 5-1 in the Big South Conference. The Owls advanced to the FCS playoffs and defeated Wofford 28-21 in the first round before falling to Weber State 26-20 in the second round.
This season the Owls are 4-0 as they go into their spring regular-season finale against Monmouth. They opened the season on February 27 with a 35-3 win over Division II foe Shorter. On March 13, the Owls won their conference opener 24-19 against Charleston Southern and then defeated FCS independent Dixie State 37-27 on March 20.
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After having a game against Gardner-Webb postponed, Kennesaw State defeated the Robert Morris Colonials 35-0 last Saturday. The Owls outgained the Colonials 377 to 162 in total yardage, with 332 yards coming on the ground. Freshman quarterback Xavier Shepherd rushed for 93 yards with a touchdown and completed all three of his pass attempts for 45 yards and a touchdown.
Kennesaw State runs a triple-option run dominated offense that has only attempted a total of 17 passes through three games, resulting in an average of 69.8 passing yards per game. On the ground, the Owls are running for 5.0 yards per play and 294.5 yards per game. Seven different players have carried the ball at least 15 times this season, and four players have rushed for at least 140 total yards individually. On defense, Kennesaw State allows 12.3 ppg, 137.5 passing yards per game, and 91.8 yards on the ground.
Hawks perfect thru two gamesMonmouth went 11-3 last season and finished 6-0 in the Big South Conference. The Hawks advanced to the FCS playoffs and defeated Holy Cross 44-27 in the first round before falling to James Madison 66-21 in the second round.
Monmouth has only, played two games so far this year. They defeated Charleston Southern 35-17 on March 27 in the season opener and beat Gardner-Webb 48-19 last Saturday. Monmouth outgained Charleston Southern 472 to 369 in total yardage in the season opener and outgained Monmouth 407 to 238 in total yardage last weekend. Quarterback Tony Muskett, a 6'2 freshman has thrown for 452 yards, four touchdowns, and no interceptions. Juwon Farri, a 5'10 sophomore has rushed for a team-best 243 yards with seven touchdowns.
On the season the Hawks are passing for 226 yards and rushing for 212.5 yards per game. On defense, they have allowed 242.5 passing yards but held opponents to only 56 rushing yards on 1.8 yards per carry.
Best Bets for this Game
Full-Game Side Bet
This is a big match-up between the two best teams in the conference. Kennesaw State has played twice as many games and has a triple-option offense that is very difficult to attack. Monmouth does bring stronger balance offensively, with the ability to hurt opponents on the ground and through the air. Monmouth has not seen a rushing attack like Kennesaw State yet this season, but their rushing defense has been stingy through the first two games holding opponents to less than two yards per carry.
Either team can win this game straight-up, but I will take Monmouth (the preseason conference favorite) and their strong rush defense at home, getting points here.
Full-Game Total Pick
When these conference rivals meet, you usually can expect a high-scoring game. At least 65 combined points scored in each of the last four head-to-head meetings by these teams.
With the offensive talent on each side, both defenses' chances of shutting each other down are not favorable. I'm taking the over.