Penn State vs. Kent State - 9/3/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Kent State Golden Flashes (3-9) at Penn State Nittany Lions (7-6)
College Football: Saturday, September 3, 2016 at 3:30 pm (Beaver Stadium)
The Line: Penn State Nittany Lions -20.5 -- Over/Under: 46 See the Latest Odds
The Kent State Golden Flashes and Penn State Nittany Lions open the season Saturday at Beaver Stadium on the BTN.
The Kent State Golden Flashes have nowhere to go but up after winning just nine games the last three years. George Bollas returns at quarterback after throwing for 756 yards and two touchdowns. Antwan Dixon and Raekwon James return at wide receiver after combining for more than 600 yards and one touchdown while Kris White had 21 receptions. The Kent State Golden Flashes ground game averaged 132 yards per contest last season and Nick Holley returns after racking up 133 yards on 34 carries. Defensively, Kent State allowed 26.1 points and 350 yards per game. Elcee Refuge returns after 70 tackles, Terence Waugh had 8.5 sacks and Demetrius Monday had six interceptions.
USA TODAY Sports
The Penn State Nittany Lions look for a breakthrough season after 14 wins the last two seasons. Trace McSorley will take over at starting quarterback after throwing for 185 yards and two touchdowns. Chris Godwin and DaeSean Hamilton return at wide receiver after combining for more than 1,600 yards and 11 touchdowns while Saeed Blacknall had eight receptions. The Penn State Nittany Lions ground game averaged 134 yards per contest last season and Saquon Barkley returns after racking up 1,067 yards and seven touchdowns. Defensively, Penn State allowed 21.8 points and 324 yards per game. Jason Cabinda returns after 100 tackles, Brandon Bell had 5.5 sacks and Grant Haley had two interceptions.
The Golden Flashes are 9-22 ATS in their last 31 non-conference games and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Nittany Lions are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall.
Kent State has shown nothing over the last several years to make me beleive it can go into Happy Valley and compete. Penn State will remain solid defensively and has talent offensively at the skill positions. This game could get out of hand quickly due to a lack of athletes for the Golden Flashes.
Give me PSU in a blowout.