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LSU Tigers vs. Kent State Golden Flashes Free Pick 9/14/13

Kent State Golden Flashes (1-1) at LSU Tigers (2-0)

NCAAF Football: Saturday, September 14, 2013 at 7:00 pm (Tiger Stadium)

The Line: LSU Tigers -38 -- Over/Under: 52.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPNU

The LSU Tigers and the Kent State Golden Flashes face off on Saturday in Baton Rouge in week 3 college football action.

The LSU Tigers are off to a 2-0 start after Les Miles’ team knocked off TCU in week one and UAB in week two. LSU has looked every bit the part of a team looking to make a run at a championship, as they have looked solid. QB Zach Mettenberger has completed 62.7 percent of his passes with six touchdowns and no interceptions. LSU is stacked at running back with Terrance Magee averaging 6.0 yards per carry, Alfred Blue averaging 4.4 yards, and Kenny Hilliard averaging 4.1 yards. Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham each have three touchdown catches with Landry having 13 receptions and Beckham with 10. The LSU defense has been tough as well despite creating just three turnovers and having four sacks. Jermauria Rasco has 11 tackles including 1.5 sacks and Lamin Barrow and Ronald Martin each have nine tackles. LSU has no shortage of giants on their schedule so there is no harm is playing an opponent like KSU.

LSU Tigers vs. Kent State Golden Flashes Free Pick 9/14/13

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The Kent State Golden Flashes are coming off of a loss to Bowling Green and they are looking for a positive performance against the Tigers. Kent State was outgained by BGSU 576 yards to 302 including allowing 357 yards on the ground. Offensively QB Colin Reardon was 15 of 28 passing with two touchdowns while rushing for another 58 yards. Tyshon Goode had four catches and Chris Humphrey had four catches as well while Josh Boyle had three catches. The KSU defense had big issues as I motioned earlier and the task should only be tougher here. Gabe Martin led the Kent State defense with nine tackles, Ted Ouellet had six tackles, and Ryalnd Ward and BooBoo Gates have five tackles. This should be a stiff test for the Golden Flashes.

LSU is 9-4 against the spread in their last 13 games following a cover, 1-5 against the spread after allowing less than 20 points the previous week, and 9-2 against the spread following a win by 20 or more points. Kent State is 6-1 against the spread in their last seven road games, 4-12-1 against the spread following a loss, and 0-4 against the spread against the SEC.

LSU is simply too much here and while the spread is big, if Kent State can’t stop the run we won’t see the Tigers punt all day long meaning they can name their number. KSU will be forced to throw and for them that means a bad day. 

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