Virginia Cavaliers vs. Kent State Golden Flashes Pick-Odds-Prediction 9/27/14
Kent State Golden Flashes (0-3) at Virginia Cavaliers (2-2)
College Football: Saturday, September 27, 2014 at 3:30 pm (Scott Stadium)
The Line: Virginia Cavaliers -26.5 -- Over/Under: 44.5 See the Latest Odds
The Kent State Golden Flashes travel to Virginia to play the Cavaliers on Saturday afternoon.
Kent State dropped to 0-3 on the year after being destroyed by Ohio State 66-0 two weeks ago. The Golden Flashes had a bye week last weekend after losing to Ohio and South Alabama before dropping the game in Columbus, Ohio. Kent State ranks in the bottom of almost every statistical category to start the season. The Golden Flashes are only averaging 47 rushing yards and 185 passing yards per contest. Kent State is averaging 9 points a game while they are allowing over 35 points to their opponents on average. Sophomore QB Colin Reardon has played decent, passing for 553 yards with 4 touchdowns and 4 interceptions. Reardon’s main target is sophomore WR Ernest Calhoun, who has 15 catches for 128 yards so far this season. The Golden Flashes do not have a running back over 100 yards yet this season; sophomore Nick Holley has 25 carries for 87 yards to lead the rushing attack. Kent State is a young and inexperienced team that will have their work cut out for them this weekend.
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The Virginia Cavaliers dropped to 2-2 on the year after losing at BYU 41-33 last weekend. The Cavaliers lost to UCLA in their season opener and then went on to beat Richmond and Louisville in the next two weeks. Against BYU, the Cavaliers outgained the Cougars 519 to 332 in total yards. Virginia used a balanced attack that produced 327 yards thru the air and 192 on the ground. The difference in the game was the fact that the Cavaliers turned the ball over twice and they performed poorly on 3rd down. QB Greyson Lambert completed 21 of 35 passes for 188 yards and 1 interception. Lambert also rushed for 49 yards and a score in the loss. WR Miles Gooch caught 6 balls for 65 yards. RB Khalek Shepherd carried the ball 14 times for 73 yards and a touchdown. The Cavaliers defense played well against an explosive BYU offense. Virginia will come back home and play one more out of conference game before diving into the bulk of their conference schedule.
Kent State is not a good team, they’re a terrible team overall. Virginia is a good team that has lost to two great teams, UCLA and BYU. This game is going to get ugly in a hurry and I expect Virginia to make it look easy. I’m taking Virginia to win by at least 30.