Kent State vs. Monmouth - 9/17/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Monmouth (2-0) at Kent State Golden Flashes (0-2)
College Football: Saturday, September 17, 2016 at 3:30 pm (Dix Stadium)
The Line: Kent State Golden Flashes -10.5 -- Over/Under: 37.5 See the Latest Odds
The Monmouth Hawks and Kent State Golden Flashes square off Saturday afternoon at Dix Stadium.
The Monmouth Hawks look for another road victory to improve to an impressive 3-0 record. Cody Williams is completing 64.6 percent of his passes for 325 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Williams has to be more effective through the air for the Hawks to have a shot at an upset. Reggie White Jr. and Darren Ambush have combined for 244 receiving yards on 23 catches while Matt Choi has four receptions. The Monmouth Hawks ground game is averaging 210.5 yards per contest, and Lavon Chaney leads the way with 165 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, Monmouth is allowing 20.5 points and 230 yards per game. Mike Basile leads the Hawks with 17 tackles, Darnell Leslie has one sack and Marcus Leslie has one interception.
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The Kent State Golden Flashes are desperate for a victory after a rough 0-2 start to the season. Mylik Mitchell is completing 52.3 percent of his passes for 247 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. Mitchell has completed no more than 53 percent of his passes in his first two games. Brice Fackler and Ernest Calhoun have combined for 129 receiving yards and two touchdowns while Raekwon James has four receptions. The Kent State Golden Flashes ground game is averaging 121.5 yards per contest, and Justin Rankin leads the way with 119 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Kent State is allowing 36 points and 380.5 yards per game. Nate Holley leads the Golden Flashes with 30 tackles, Terence Waugh has three sacks and Juantez McRae has one interception.
Kent State should win this game due to the talent gap. However, the Golden Flashes should have also won last week against North Carolina AT&T and didn't. Instead, Kent State allowed over 400 yards and was held to under 100 rushing yards. The Golden Flashes haven't shown anything worthy of being double-digit point favorites. Meanwhile, Monmouth has won four of its last six games and has to feel it has a shot here.
Give me the points as a fade from Kent State.