Eastern Michigan Eagles (0-0) at Kent State Golden Flashes (0-0)
College Football: Wednesday, November 4, 2020 at 6:00 pm (Dix Stadium)
The Line: Kent State Golden Flashes -6.5 -- Over/Under: 65 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Eastern Michigan Eagles and Kent State Golden Flashes oprn their 2020 college football seasons as they meet Wednesday in MAC week 10 college football action at Dix Stadium.
The Eastern Michigan Eagles are coming off a six-win season that ended with a trip in the Quick Lane Bowl. The Eastern Michigan Eagles have split their last six road games. Preston Hutchinson should takeover at quarterback after 57 pass attempts last season. A wide receiver trio of Quian Williams, Dylan Drummond and Hassan Beydoun returns that combined for 10 touchdowns last season. Jairus Grissom is Eastern Michigan’s leading returning rusher after piling up 156 yards on 20 carries. Defensively, Terry Myrick returns after 89 tackles, Turan Rush is back after leading Eastern Michigan with five sacks and Freddie McGee III had four pass deflections. The Eastern Michigan Eagles should be rather solid defensively, but it may take time for the offense to adjust with an inexperienced quarterback and a lack of a proven running game.
The Kent State Golden Flashes are coming off a seven-win season that ended with four straight victories. The Kent State Golden Flashes have won four of their last five home games. Dustin Crum returns at quarterback after throwing for 2,600 yards and 20 touchdowns and leading the Golden Flashes with 707 rushing yards. Isaiah McKoy returns as Kent State’s top receiver, as he had 870 receiving yards and eight touchdowns. Xavier Williams should get more carries at running back after averaging 4.5 yards on 86 touches. Defensively, Mandela Lawrence-Burke returns after leading Kent State with 104 tackles, Kesean Gamble had 2.5 sacks and Keith Sherald Jr. had three interceptions. The Kent State Golden Flashes are simply loaded offensively and have to like their chances to make a run in the MAC this season. Kent State hasn’t had back-to-back winning seasons since 1976-77, so this is a fairly big year for the program.
The Eagles are 20-6 ATS in their last 26 road games and 22-7 ATS in their last 29 games as an underdog. The Golden Flashes are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games and 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The over is 5-1-1 in Eagles last 7 games overall. The over is 4-1 in Golden Flashes last 5 games overall. The Eagles are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 meetings. The under is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings.
The Eastern Michigan Eagles should be solid enough defensively this season to hang around, but there's going to be growing pains for this team early on the offensive side. The Kent State Golden Flashes have the proven quarterback and weapons around him, and there's more than enough experience on defense for this to be a really good year for the program. Kent State is a team to watch in the MAC this season, especially after how it ended last year with four straight wins. I'm high on Kent State this season.
I'll lay the touchdown with the Golden Flashes.