Western Michigan (9-0, 5-0) at Kent State (3-6, 2-3)
When: Tuesday, November 8th 2016
Where: Dix Stadium, Kent, OH
Time: 7:30 ET | TV: ESPN2
The 21st-ranked Western Michigan Broncos look to maintain their perfect record when they visit the Kent State Golden Flashes on Tuesday night. The Broncos three-headed attack has rolled over MAC opponents all season including two wins at Big Ten schools (Northwestern, Illinois). Quarterback Zach Terrell has at least 300 passing yards in three of the last four games after last Tuesday’s 52-20 win at Ball State and has completed 71.6% of his passes this season with 23 touchdowns and just one interception. Running back Jarvion Franklin went over 1,000 yards for the season after his fifth straight games with 100 or more last week. The most dynamic weapon on offense might be WR Corey Davis, who has recorded 61 receptions for 1,011 yards and 14 touchdowns this season. Davis broke the MAC record for receiving yards in a game with 272 last week against Ball State. Defensive back Darius Phillips has returned three interceptions for scores this season, including a 75-yarder last week, to set a school record.
Kent State’s best side of the ball is it’s defense, ranked 23rd in the nation and 36th against the pass. Kent State knocked off Central Michigan 27-24 in its last game on October 29th and will test the Broncos with the top pass efficiency defense in the conference. Quarterback Nick Holley rushed for 144 yards in the win over Central Michigan and leads the team with 775 to go along with nine touchdowns rushing. Freshman Justin Rankin is second on the team in rushing (381 yards, two TDs) after gaining 78 yards in the last game and is also the top receiver on the team with 24 catches for 301 yards. Just two of the Golden Flashes’ five MAC opponents have completed better than 50 percent of their passes while Kent State is second in the league in total defense (350.7 yards) and third in rushing defense (145.9). Kent State S Nate Holley, the twin brother of Nick, leads the MAC and stands second in the nation with 111 tackles.
It’s tough to win on the road twice in a row, but this Western Michigan team is far superior than anything else the MAC has. Kent State has a chance to slow them down a bit, but their 128th ranked offense is worrisome. The Golden Flashes are well rested and will be ready for the Broncos. The public is too heavy on Western Michigan in this one, so I’ll take a small play on Kent State.
Pick: Kent State +22.5