Kent State vs. Buffalo - 11/5/15 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Buffalo Bulls (4-4) at Kent State Golden Flashes (3-5)
College Football: Thursday, November 5, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Dix Stadium)
The Line: Kent State Golden Flashes +3.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN 3
The Buffalo Bulls will travel to Dix Stadium to take on the Kent State Golden Flashes this Thursday night in College Football action.
The Buffalo Bulls improved to 4-4 (2-2 MAC East) on the season after they were able to hang on and beat the Miami (OH) Redhawks 29-24 this past Saturday afternoon. Buffalo outgained Miami (OH) by a 433-348 margin and controlled the time of possession by having the ball on offensive for 10 more minutes than the Redhawks. Leading the way for Buffalo was RB Jordan Johnson who had 123 yards and 2 TD on 2 carries. On the season, Buffalo is averaging 28.1 ppg on 405.1 yards per game (237.6 passing, 144.9 rushing). Leading the way for the Buffalo offensive has been the running duo of Jordan Johnson 15.38 att/game, 71.88 yards/game, 7 TD) and Anthone Taylor (17.14 att/games, 78.43 yards/game, 2 TD). QB Joe Licata has been solid on the season as he is completing 63.6% of his passes for 1876 yards (234.5 yards/game), 10 TD, and 7 INT. Ron Willoughby (4.6 rec/game, 63.9 yards/game, 5 TD) and Matt Weiser (4.9 rec/game, 50.6 yards/game, 1 TD) lead the way for the Bulls receivers. Defensively, Buffalo is allowing their opponents to average 25.0 ppg on 405.1 yards per game (245.0 passing, 160.1 rushing). Buffalo currently has a plus 3 turnover margin on the season and is led defensively by LB Nick Gilbo (73 tackles, 3.0 sacks, 1 INT) and LB Okezie Alozie (47 tackles, 4.0 sacks).
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The Kent State Golden Flashes had no answers for the Bowling Green Falcons and dropped to 3-5 (2-2 MAC East) on the season after being defeated 48-0 this past Saturday. Kent State couldn’t get anything going on either side of the ball as they were outgained by Bowling Green by a 602-166 margin. Leading the way for the Kent State was WR Antwan Dixon who had 52 yards on 4 receptions. On the season, Kent State is averaging just 15.8 ppg on 298.1 yards per game (146.0 yards, 152.1 rushing). Leading the way for the Golden Flashes has been RB Trayion Durham who is averaging 11.63 att/game for 38.5 yards/game. Kent State has turned to freshman QB George Bollas who has completed 60.9% of his passes for 425 yards, 1 TD, and 4 INT while adding 161 yards and a TD on 55 carries. The Golden Flashes don’t have a receiver this averaging more than 35 yards/game and are led by RB Raekwon James (20 receptions, 216 yards) and WR Antwan Dixon (14 receptions, 191 yards, 1 TD). Defensively, Kent State is allowing their opponents to average 27.6 ppg on 329.6 yards per game (211.6 passing, 118 rushing). Kent State currently has a plus 3 turnover margin and has been led defensively by DB Nate Holley (83 tackles, 2.0 sacks, 1 INT) and DL Terence Waugh (41 tackles, 8.5 sacks).
The Bulls are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games vs. a team with a losing home record and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The Golden Flashes are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games in November and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games following a S.U. loss.
Kent State hasn’t been able to find any answers on offense side of the ball this season but has a decent defensive that I think could give Buffalo some trouble. Buffalo has been impressive at home this season but has struggled a bit on the road this season. I think this game is going to come down to the wire and because of that, I’m going to take the home team and points in this one. Take Kent State and the points.