Kent State Golden Flashes vs. Utah State Aggies - 12/20/19 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Utah State Aggies at Kent State Golden Flashes
Friday, December 20, 2019 at 7:30 PM (Toyota Stadium)
Utah State Aggies -7.0 . Total 65.0
The Utah State Aggies square off with the Kent State Golden Flashes in the Tropical Smoothie Cafe Frisco Bowl. The Aggies are (7-5), having finished the year with a 38-25 win over New Mexico. The Golden Flashes are (6-6), after winning on the road 34 to 26 over Eastern Michigan.
The Aggies have been led all season by future NFL draft pick, quarterback Jordan Love. Love has completed 60% of his passes this year, throwing for 3,085 yds and 17 touchdowns. Siaosi Mariner has hauled in 874 yds receiving on 56 receptions and 8 touchdowns. Gerold Bright added 827 yds rushing on the season, while also finding the end zone 8 times. Defensively, David Woodward led the team with 93 tackles, while Shaq Bond notched 3 interceptions.
The Golden Flashes are guided by quarterback Dustin Crum. Crum has passed for 2,333 yds on 195 completions, while having a great TD/INT ratio of 18 to 2. Crum also leads the team in rushing yds with 560 and 5 scores. Isaiah McKoy has contributed 51 receptions for 767 yds and 7 touchdowns. Defensively, Mandela Lawrence-Burke leads the team in tackles with 94. Theo Majette has totaled 5 sacks on the year.
Recent Betting Trends:
Aggies are 17-8 ATS in their last 25 games overall.
Aggies are 16-5 ATS in their last 21 games as the favorite.
The under is 7-0 in Aggies last 7 bowl games.
Golden Flashes are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall.
Golden Flashes are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games as an underdog.
The under is 4-1 in Golden Flashes last 5 non-conference games.
While Love is projected to be one of the top 10 quarterbacks taken in the draft, the junior quarterback has had some issues with turnovers. Love has 16 interceptions on the season, while throwing 17 touchdowns. The Golden Flashes don't have a great defense, as Kent State gives up over 31 points per contest. Offensively, the two teams have nearly the same scoring offense, averaging 27-28 points per game. The Aggies are giving up 29 points per contest on defense. The difference will come down to ball security. Crum has done a nice job for Kent State, only throwing 2 interceptions. Love has thrown 16 interceptions for Utah State and I think the Golden Flashes are able to force a couple turnovers to stall drives. Final score prediction, Utah State should win, but Kent State will cover, 30-27.