The Kent State University Golden Flashes (4-6, 3-3 MAC) welcome the Eastern Michigan University Eagles (6-4, 3-3 MAC) at Dix Stadium on Wednesday. The Golden Flashes are seven-point favorites, and the total is 61.5.Eastern Michigan is coming off a 34-28 win over Akron at Summa Field at InfoCision Stadium last Tuesday.
Austin Smith threw for 190 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. Samson Evans ran 24 times for 133 yards and two touchdowns. Dylan Drummond caught five passes for 90 yards and a touchdown.
Kent State beat Bowling Green 40-6 at Doyt L. Perry Stadium last Wednesday. Collin Schlee was 17 of 30 for 214 yards, three touchdowns, and an interception. Marquez Cooper carried 19 times for 93 yards. Devontez Walker scored twice. He caught five receptions for 86 yards.
The teams are meeting in the regular season for the first time since November 2020, a 27-23 win for the Golden Flashes. Dustin Crum threw two touchdowns for Kent State. Preston Hutchinson tossed two touchdowns for Eastern Michigan.
TALE OF THE TAPE
The Eagles are averaging 27.7 points per game for the season, sixth in the MAC, and they are facing a Golden Flashes defense that has surrendered 29.0 PPG (7th). Meanwhile, Kent State has scored 28.7 points a game this season, fifth in the conference, and Eastern Michigan is allowing 30.0 PPG (8th).
The Eagles rank 103rd in the country in passing yards per game (203.2) and 83rd in rushing (139.7). Look for them to take advantage through the air, as the Golden Flashes are 120th in the country in passing yards allowed per game (279.1).
Against the run, Kent State is 84th (159.6).Kent State has been one of the nation’s top rushing teams, averaging 210.3 yards per game (18th), while ranking 85th in passing yards (219.1). The Eagles are allowing 219.7 passing yards (57th) and 162.0 rushing yards per game (88th).
Through six games, Taylor Powell has thrown for eight touchdowns (7 INT) and 205.3 yards per game to lead Eastern Michigan in passing. In three away games this season, he has four TDs (4 INT) and an average of 234.3 yards passing. Samson Evans leads the team in rushing with an average of 95.0 yards a game over nine games.
He has 11 touchdowns on the ground and one through the air. Tanner Knue is the Eagles’ leading receiver with 51.8 yards a game and six TDs. Collin Schlee has 12 passing touchdowns (5 INT) with 216.1 yards per game through nine games to lead Kent State.
In three home games this season, he has thrown for four TDs and an average of 260.0 yards. Marquez Cooper has been the home team’s leading performer on the ground, averaging 110.6 yards a game through 10 games. He has nine touchdowns. Dante Cephas has been a key target in the Golden Flashes’ aerial attack. He has three touchdowns and an 82.7 yard per game average through nine appearances.
SportsTips’ College Foottball Pick:
Kent State (-300)
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