Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Kent State Golden Flashes CFB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 9/13/14
Kent State Golden Flashes (0-2) at Ohio State Buckeyes (1-1)
College Football: Saturday, September 13, 2014 at 12:00 pm (Ohio Stadium)
The Line: Ohio State Buckeyes -31 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ABC, ESPN2
The Kent State Golden Flashes meet the Ohio State Buckeyes Saturday afternoon at Ohio Stadium.
The Kent State Golden Flashes enter this matchup 0-2 after close losses to Ohio and South Alabama. The main reason Kent State has gotten off to a rocky start is due to an offense that can’t move the ball. Quarterback Colin Reardon is completing only 58 percent of his passes and the Golden Flashes running game is averaging 1.9 yards on the season. Ernest Calhoun, Chris Humphrey and Casey Peirce all over over 100 receiving yards, but it’s hard to win games when your running game ranks 120th in the country. Defensively, the Kent State Golden Flashes have forced four turnovers and are allowing 392 yards per game. Nate Holley leads the team with 27 tackles and Jontey Byrd has two tackles for loss.
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The Ohio State Buckeyes were shocked by the Virginia Tech Hokies, losing, 35-21. Of course, majority of this has to do with the loss to quarterback Braxton Miller, as J.T. Barrett clearly isn’t ready to start at the major level, completing just 47.7 percent of his passes and already throwing four interceptions. The Ohio State Buckeyes are averaging just 373.5 total yards per game and are 80th in the country in points scored. It would also help if somebody other than Barrett could have some success on the ground, as Ezekiel Elliott is Ohio State’s second leading rusher with 76 yards. Defensively, Ohio State has allowed just 355 yards and has also forced four turnovers. Joey Bosa leads the Buckeyes with 1.5 sacks and Adolphus Washington is among several Ohio State players with three tackles for loss.
The Golden Flashes are 10-4 ATS in their last 14 road games and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Buckeyes are 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 home games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 vs. MAC.
A pissed off Ohio State team against a Kent State squad that can’t run the ball to save their life? Can you spell blowout?