Kent State Golden Flashes Preview 2022: Season Prediction, Breakdown, Key Games, Players

Kent State College Football Preview 2022: Team breakdown, season prediction, keys to the campaign, and what you need to know

Kent State Golden Flashes Preview 2022: Previewing, predicting, and looking ahead to the Kent State season with what you need to know and keys to the season.


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Kent State Golden Flashes Preview
Head Coach: Sean Lewis, 5th year at Kent State, 19-24
2021 Preview: Overall: 7-7, Conference: 6-2
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Kent State Golden Flashes Preview 2022

Now it’s time to see just how well this whole thing works.

The FlashFast style of offense under Sean Lewis has completely turned the program around, and it’s easy to point to the exact moment when it happened.

In 2019, poor old Kent State was chugging along to another awful losing year with a 3-6 record and Buffalo hammering away, and then came the stunning comeback for a Golden Flash win, then came the four game winning streak with a bowl victory, and then came the run of three straight years without a losing record for the first time since 1972 to 1974.

Bowl appearances aren’t normal at Kent State. They are now under Lewis.

However, last year’s team was loaded with veterans and firepower, the sixth-year senior factor played a big role, and it all led to an appearance in the MAC Championship and a trip to the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl.

The Golden Flashes lost both games, and now they’re all but starting over in several areas.

But the high-powered offensive system should still be great, the defense at least has veterans – to be kind – and this should still be fun.

Kent State Golden Flashes Preview 2022: Offense

The O will still roll fast, score fast, work fast even with a whole lot of new parts to the machine. The Golden Flashes finished fourth in the nation in total offense averaging close to 500 yards per game. It has to do a better job of closing out drives with points, and time of possession is totally meaningless, but the No. 3 rushing attack in college football should be just fine because of …

The running backs – they’re great. The O found its twosome in Marques Cooper and Xavier Williams – two smallish quick backs – who combine for over 2,000 yards and 14 touchdowns. They’re the lightning, and 243-pound Bryan Bradford will bring the power for the harder yards.

The O line loses just about everyone, but there’s just enough talent back to build around. Jack Bailey is a versatile option on the inside, and there’s size, but this group is going to need a little work. The transfer portal is bringing in a few options.

Dustin Crum was everything. He was the one who ran it all, knew how to keep everything moving, and was ultra-efficient as an all-around playmaker. He’s done, and now it’s up to Collin Schlee to try cranking up the production in place of the guy who threw for close to 3,200 yards with 20 touchdowns and ran for over 700 yards with 12 scores.

The receiving corps is going to be great thanks to the return of all-star Dante Cephas. He’s the go-to guy, but he’s not alone with Ja’Shuan Poke and Devontez Walker two good prospects about to do a whole lot more.

And then there’s the …

Kent State Golden Flashes Preview 2022: Defense

The offense had to keep rocking and rolling to make up for all of the problems on the other side. The Kent State defense was the worst in the MAC, gave up more first downs than anyone in the country, and couldn’t generate any sort of pass rush or come up with third down stops. What it did do, though, was take the ball away.

The veterans are there on the defensive front. There’s size in 330-pound CJ West on the nose, and the big ends as least have the bulk and experience to potentially hold up better. Getting into the backfield more would be a huge plus.

The defensive back seven gets back leading tackler Dean Clark at safety – he didn’t make every play for the D, but it sure seemed like it – but the next seven tacklers off of last year’s defense are done. The linebacking corps isn’t totally staring over, but it’s close. There’s no size, but this will be a quick group.

Montre Miller is a solid all-around corner who led the team with four picks, but the rest of the secondary needs help with more of a pass rush. There’s help from the transfer portal at safety.

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College Football Rankings, Season Predictions: MAC Spring Version 2022

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It’s the MAC. It’s the conference where worst-to-first is the norm, with 2020 winless Northern Illinois winning the MAC championship in 2021, everyone can beat anyone else, and Toledo will end up somewhere in the middle of it all.

It’s about as settled as the league has been in a long time with the strength still in the West, Buffalo about to be better in the East, and with Akron and Bowling Green still questionable.

Again, though, it’s the MAC. The Zips or Falcons could end up in Detroit in January playing for the title.

The rankings are based on how good the teams should be and not the final projected records. Keeping in mind that this all could/might/will change when we make the final calls in August …

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5 Best College Football Bowl Predictions Against The Spread: December 20-24

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Results So Far ATS: 85-67-2

One massive miscalculation later …

I blame missing EVERYTHING against the spread during an epically bad Saturday on the stress and strain of having to scramble to find ESPN after the YouTube TV/Disney kerfuffle, and …

I can’t blame this multi-billion conglomerates. It was all my fault for totally whiffing on my belief that Conference USA was going to get rim-rocked this bowl season – except, of course, for my pick of Marshall to cover against Louisiana. (It didn’t.)

Picking bowl games takes a different skill set from the regular season. Logic, reason, and normal rules don’t always apply – hello, Jackson State and BYU.

So I’m done with you, Conference USA. You win.

I’m staying away from the against the spread calls of Old Dominion vs Tulsa in the Myrtle Beach Bowl (I like Tulsa -9, of course), UTSA vs San Diego State in Tropical Smoothie Cafe Frisco Bowl (I like SDSU -2.5, of course), and Miami University vs North Texas in the Frisco Football Classic (I like MU, of course).

I always stick with my picks, I take my beating, and then I move on. But there were things that have gone the right was so far.

The point totals went just fine over the first several games, so I’m mostly going with those for these bowls during the week before Christmas.

Pray for me.

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5. Missouri vs Army: Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl

LINE Army -4
ATS PICK Missouri

Oh, I am well aware that you pick against Army at your own risk.

I’m an adult, I take responsibility for my own actions, and I will almost always take my chances with SEC team over a Group of Five-level team.

Especially if that SEC team is getting points.

Yeah, I’m still smarting from going hard on San Diego State and its amazing defense in the 2017 Armed Forces Bowl – and then Army won.

Yeah, I’m still smarting from going hard on Houston in what should’ve been an easy in in the 2018 Armed Forces Bowl – and then Army won 70-14.

Yeah, I’m still smarting from going hard on West Virginia against the spread in the 2020 Liberty Bowl – and Army lost, but only by three.

Army is 4-1 in its last five bowl games from 2010 on, but there’s a strange part to that. None of the four bowl wins were against Power Five programs, and Army didn’t actually beat West Virginia last year.

In fact, Army hasn’t beaten a Power Five program since the win over Duke in 2017. Before that you have to go back to a 2012 win over Boston College.

I’m fully aware – and love – what Army does, and I know bowls go against what we all believe in our core to be true, but you’re getting points here. You’re not even asking the Power Five team to win big.

4. Hawaii vs Memphis
3. Miami University vs North Texas
2. San Diego State vs UTSA
1. Kent State vs Wyoming
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Kent State vs Wyoming: Famous Idaho Potato Bowl Prediction, Game Preview

Kent State vs Wyoming: Famous Idaho Potato Bowl prediction, game preview, how to watch, lines, and why each team might or might not win.

Kent State vs Wyoming: Famous Idaho Potato Bowl prediction, game preview, how to watch, lines: Tuesday, December 21


Kent State vs Wyoming: Famous Idaho Potato Bowl How To Watch

Date: Tuesday, December 21
Game Time: 3:30 pm ET
Venue: Albertsons Stadium, Boise, ID
How To Watch: ESPN, Live stream on ESPN+
Records: Kent State (7-6), Wyoming (6-6)

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Kent State vs Wyoming Famous Idaho Potato Bowl Preview

Can Kent State drag Wyoming out on the dance floor? In Wyoming’s perfect world, it runs, controls the clock, relies on the defense, and manages to come up with just enough big defensive plays to own this from the start.

However, it’s had more than its share of shootouts this year. When the running game gets working – it ran for over 360 yards in two of the last four games – it can be almost as exciting as Kent State.

They call it the FlashFast style of offense. Kent State wants to go, go, go, keep defenses on their heels, and make teams feel like they have to keep pressing to make up for the scoring run that’s coning.

– Kent State might be coming off a disappointing MAC Championship loss to Northern Illinois – the Huskies dominated the time of possession battle – but when this is all working, the running game rips off yards in chunks, the passing attack hits big plays, and good games turn into up-and-down firefights once the takeaways start coming from the defense.

There’s a consistency problem for both teams. Kent State might like to play fast, but sometimes the other side is able to keep up, and then there’s an issue. The defense allowed 41 points or more six times.

Wyoming might have done everything right offensively in the bowl-sealing win over eventual Mountain West champion Utah State, and then the next week nothing worked against Hawaii.

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MAC Championship: Kent State vs Northern Illinois Prediction, Game Preview

MAC Championship: Kent State vs Northern Illinois prediction, game preview, how to watch, lines, and why each team might – or might not – win on Saturday.

MAC Championship: Kent State vs Northern Illinois prediction, game preview, how to watch: Saturday, December 4


MAC Championship: Kent State vs Northern Illinois How To Watch

Date: Saturday, December 4
Game Time: 12:00 ET
Venue: Ford Field, Detroit, MI
How To Watch: ESPN
Record: Kent State (7-5), Northern Illinois (8-4)
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MAC Championship: Kent State vs Northern Illinois Game Preview


Why Kent State Will Win

The Kent State offense is going to do the Kent State offense thing.

It’s the No. 1 offense in the MAC – averaging 490 yards per game – with one of its most impressive performances coming in the 52-47 win over Northern Illinois in early November.

The FlashFast style goes a million miles per hour – time of possession means nothing to this team – with a tremendous balance and always at peak efficiency.

In the first go-round against the Huskies, the Golden Flashes came up with 360 rushing yards, and 322 yards through the air, and it all worked.

Northern Illinois does a whole lot of things right, but it doesn’t come up with takeaways – it’s dead last in America with just one pick – and Kent State is among the best teams going in turnover margin. As frenetic as this attack is, it doesn’t screw up.

Kent State has turned it over just ten times this season. It’s 1-5 when giving the ball away – eight of the ten giveaways game in the five losses – and it didn’t turn the ball over in any of the wins until the key victory over Miami University in the regular season finale to get here.

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Why Northern Illinois Will Win

The Kent State defense is going to do the Kent State defense thing.

The Golden Flashes almost play defense like they want the other side to score just so the offense can get the ball back faster.

Kent State took Northern Illinois totally out of its game, and it still almost won.

In a perfect Huskie world it runs, runs some more, controls the game, and almost none of that happened in the first meeting with Rocky Lombardi throwing for 532 yards and three touchdowns.  However, NIU was still able to control the clock – keeping it for over 35 minutes.

Kent State just doesn’t stop the run. It allowed over 300 yards three times and over 200 yards to other times – it’s 1-4 when giving up 200 yards or more. Northern Illinois ran for 131 yards the first time around, and it’s about to pound up in this.

However …

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What’s Going To Happen

It would be better for Northern Illinois to play outside in the elements.

Kent State has shown it can rock on offense no matter what, but inside at Ford Field it’s going to be just a half-click quicker.

It’s all about which defense can hold serve, and Northern Illinois just doesn’t generate enough of a pass rush and doesn’t take the ball away.

They won’t combine for 1,345 yards of total O and 99 points like they did the first time around, but they won’t be far off.

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MAC Championship: Kent State vs Northern Illinois Prediction, Lines

Kent State 41, Northern Illinois 37
Line: Kent State -3.5, o/u: 74
ATS Confidence out of 5: 2

Must See Rating: 4.5

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Kent State vs Miami University Prediction, Game Preview

Kent State vs Miami University prediction, game preview, how to watch, lines, and why each team might – or might not – win this Saturday.

Kent State vs Miami University prediction, game preview, how to watch: Saturday, November 27


Kent State vs Miami University How To Watch

Date: Saturday, November 27
Game Time: 12:00 ET
Venue: Dix Stadium, Kent, OH
How To Watch: ESPN+
Record: Kent State (6-5), Miami University (6-5)
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Kent State vs Miami University Game Preview


Why Miami University Will Win

It’s not as easy as stopping Kent State by stopping the run, but Miami University has the ability to hold its own for long stretches.

The RedHawks lead the MAC in run defense, the pass rush is good enough to get into the backfield and slow things down before they get started, and just as importantly, they have a passing game that can potentially keep up.

There was a strange brain-cramp against Ohio a few weeks ago, but other than that, Miami has been rolling on the way to being one step away from playing for the MAC title.

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Why Kent State Will Win

Kent State has a defense now?

The offense is still the star – third in the nation in rushing and No. 1 in the MAC overall – but it stuffed Akron last week in a 38-0 win.

Yeah, it’s Akron, but considering the defense-optional nature of the team throughout the year, it’s a step.

Miami University has an offense, but it’s impossible to keep up the pace with the Golden Flashes when everything starts working.

The running game cranked up 410 rushing yards on the Zips just a few weeks after running for 360 in a win over Northern Illinois, and …

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What’s Going To Happen

It’s one game to see who plays Northern Illinois for the MAC Championship next week.

Miami will try to balance things out, but it doesn’t control the clock enough to grind out long drives. What it can do is bomb away deep and hit the big plays to make this a back-and-forth fight.

Who’s going to blink first? Kent State leads then nation in turnovers margin. Miami doesn’t make a lot of mistakes, but it’ll give up the one key play to be enough in a fabulous game.

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Kent State vs Miami University Prediction, Lines

Kent State 40, Miami University 38
Line: Miami University -1, o/u: 65.5
ATS Confidence out of 5: 1.5

Must See Rating: 4.5

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MAC Football Predictions, Schedule, Game Previews, Lines, How To Watch: Week 12

MAC Week 12 college football predictions, schedule, game previews, lines, how to watch, and TV listings. Toledo at Ohio, Western Michigan at Eastern Michigan, Bowling Green at Miami University, Northern Illinois at Buffalo, Central Michigan at Ball State, Kent State at Akron

MAC football predictions, schedule, game previews, lines, how to watch, and TV listings for Week 12 of the season.


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MAC Results So Far
SU: 67-19, ATS: 47-36, Point Total: 44-39-2

Tuesday, November 16

Toledo at Ohio

7:00, ESPN+
Line: Toledo -7, o/u: 54.5

Western Michigan at Eastern Michigan

7:30, ESPN2
Line: Western Michigan -5.5, o/u: 66

Bowling Green at Miami University

8:00, ESPNU
Line: Miami University -17, o/u: 51.5

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Wednesday, November 17

Northern Illinois at Buffalo

7:00, ESPN2
Line: Northern Illinois -1.5, o/u: 62.5

Central Michigan at Ball State

7:00, ESPNU
Line: Ball State -1.5, o/u: 61

Saturday, November 20

Kent State at Akron

12:00, ESPN+
Line: Kent State -13.5, o/u: 75

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Kent State vs Akron Prediction, Game Preview

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Kent State vs Akron prediction, game preview, how to watch: Saturday, November 20


Kent State vs Akron How To Watch

Date: Saturday, November 20
Game Time: 12:00 ET
Venue: InfoCision Stadium, Akron, OH
How To Watch: Akron, OH
Record: Kent State (5-5), Akron (2-8)
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Why Kent State Will Win

This matters for bowl eligibility.

It’s all about next week against Miami University no matter what – the winner ends up taking the East and going to the MAC Championship – but the Golden Flashes aren’t going to want to worry about whether or not they’ll need that to get to a swag bag game in some exotic locale.

The FlashFast style of offense continues to destroy everything in its path, leading the MAC in total offense, rushing offense, and leading the nation in turnover margin. This team can turn the lights out in a hurry with its attack going against an Akron defense that doesn’t stop anything, but …

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Why Akron Will Win

The Kent State defense has been miserable.

It gives up close to 500 yards per game, it can’t stop anyone’s running game, and it’s even worse against the pass, allowing close to 300 yards an outing. Akron might be struggling overall, but the passing game has clicked with over 300 yards in each of the last two games.

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What’s Going To Happen

Akron interim head coach Oscar Rodriguez Jr. might not have a win, but the offense hasn’t been that bad. It’ll crank things up at home with one of its best performances of the year, but it won’t matter.

The Akron D has allowed 425 yards or more in each of the last four games and in six of the last seven, and it’s about to get hit for close to 600 yards.

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Kent State vs Akron Prediction, Lines

Kent State 45, Akron 30
Line: Kent State -13.5, o/u: 75.5
ATS Confidence out of 5: 3

Must See Rating: 2

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MAC Predictions, Schedule, Game Previews, Lines, How To Watch: Week 11

MAC Week 11 college football predictions, schedule, game previews, lines, how to watch, and TV listings.

MAC college football predictions, schedule, game previews, lines, how to watch, and TV listings for Week 11 of the season.


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MAC Results So Far
SU: 61-18, ATS: 42-35, Point Total: 40-37-2

Tuesday, November 9

Akron at Western Michigan

7:00, CBS Sports Network
Line: Western Michigan -26, o/u: 62

Buffalo at Miami University

7:00, ESPNU
Line: Miami University -7, o/u: 57.5

Ohio at Eastern Michigan

8:00, ESPN2
Line: Eastern Michigan -6, o/u: 60.5

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Wednesday, November 10

Ball State at Northern Illinois

7:00, ESPN2
Prediction: Northern Illinois 30, Ball State 27
Line: Ball State -2.5, o/u: 62.5

Toledo at Bowling Green

7:00, CBS Sports Network
Prediction: Toledo 41, Bowling Green 24
Line: Toledo -10.5, o/u: 50.5

Kent State at Central Michigan

8:00, ESPNU
Prediction: Central Michigan 41, Kent State 37
Line: Central Michigan -2.5, o/u: 74.5

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