Alabama Crimson Tide vs. Kent St. Golden Flashes

CFB-Sunday, August 28, 2011

Alabama Crimson Tide vs. Kent St. Golden Flashes

The Alabama Crimson Tide host the Kent State Golden Flashes as they kick off their 2011 seasons at Bryant-Denny Stadium.  The Crimson Tide are -33.5 point favorites over the Golden Flashes with an over/under point total set at 44.5.

While Nick Saban’s Alabama Crimson Tide have lost a good deal of talent from last year’s team, there is still plenty to be excited about and as usual the expectations are sky high in Tuscaloosa. With Greg McElroy gone at QB for the Tide, it remains the biggest question mark as there isn’t a clear cut starter with A.J. McCarron and Phillip Sims likely to split time in at least the season opener. With Mark Ingram gone at Running Back the backfield is all Trent Richardson’s and he’s an early season Heisman candidate and among the favorites. Julio Jones is gone at Wide Receiver but we’ve seen plenty of Maquis Maze and Darius Hanks and they are more than capable to carry the load. The Offensive Line is simply stacked with four returning starters led by Center William Vlachos and Right Guard Barrett Jones. The defense loses both ends but returns Nose Tackle Josh Chapman and there is tons of speed in the linebacking corps with Dont’a Hightower and Courtney Upshaw and the secondary returns intact led by Mark Barron. While there are a few question marks, Saban’s Alabama team looks like a serious contender to be back in the Title Game.

While there is a big change for the Kent State Golden Flashes as ex-Ohio State Assistant Darrell Hazell takes over at Head Coach this is clearly a team that needs some work. Offensively Kent State returns nine starters including QB Spencer Keith who wasn’t very good last season throwing more interceptions, 11, than touchdowns, eight.  Jacquise Terry returns at Running back but after last season’s less than spectacular offense look for him to be pressed by Freshmen Robert Holloman, Anthony Meary, and Trayion Durham who all looked good in the scrimmage. Sam Kirkland and Tyshon Goode return as third and second team All-MAC selections while Eric Adeyemi caught a TD in the scrimmage.  Four of five starters return on the OL but once again this was part of a unit that struggled. Defensively Kent State was fourth in the nation against the run and 42nd against the pass making them the 10th ranked defense in the countrybut they only return five of those starters. While KSU loses its linebackers, there is solid expectations of JUCO transfer C.J. Malauulu at MLB and Roosevelt Nix is a force in the middle of the defensive line and a future NFL prospect.

Alabama is 6-0 against the spread in their last six non-conference games, 8-2 against the spread in their last 10 home games, and 6-1 against the spread as a favorite of 10.5 or more. Kent State is 3-7 against the spread in their last 10 games, 1-4 against the spread in their last five road games, and 2-9 against the spread in their last 11 non-conference games.

This one should be a real solid performance and methodical win from Tide and while I don’t see it getting out of had too early, I can see a 35+ point win.


Alabama -33.5 Kent St.

August 28, 2011 by : Posted in College Football, Sportsbook No Comments

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