Kansas St. Wildcats vs. Kent St. Golden Flashes
The Kansas State Wildcats host the Kent State Golden Flashes as the two meet in Manhattan on Saturday. The Wildcats are -15 point favorites over the Golden Flashes.
Kansas State did all they could to try and hand their first game to FCS Eastern Kentucky but in the end Bill Snyder’s team rallied for the win. It was turnover central for the Wildcats as they fumbled five times, losing four of them and threw an interception as they outgained EKU 303 to 129 in yards but on the scoreboard it took a fourth quarter touchdown to get the win. Collin Klein showed why choosing a QB was a tough call for KSU as they just don’t have a solid player at that position this season as Klein was 13 for 21 for 128 yards with a touchdown and an interception in the win. Klein ran 25 times for 78 yards and John Hubert took over at running back gaining 91 yards on 17 carries. Chris Harper had four catches for 61 yards including the game winning touchdown while Tyler Lockett had two catches for 25 yards. Arthur Brown had seven tackles in his first game for K-State and Ty Zimmerman had six tackles and Jordan Voelker had five tackles and two sacks. This is a reasonable step up for KSU though not a world beater, Kent State is at least an FBS school.
It’s quickly becoming a tough season for first year head Coach Darrell Hazell and the Kent State Golden Flashes as they enter game three in Manhattan at 0-2. The Golden Flashes had the unfortunate position as Alabama’s opening opponent in Tuscaloosa where they were drilled and then they hosted Louisiana-Lafayette and came up shirt there as well. Kent State’s offense was horrible last season and returning nine starters from that unit hasn’t helped as QB Spence Keith has thrown for 213 yards two touchdowns and two interceptions. The Kent State running game has been sparse with Jacquise Terry gaining 55 yards and Anthony Meray rushing for 43 yards. Sam Kirland leads the Golden Flashes in catches with 10 for 67 yards and Justin Thompson has a TD catch. Defensively Kent State has allowed 641 yards or 4.6 yards per play. Luke Batton has 17 tackles and Calvin Tiggle and Luke Wollet have 14 tackles each as the defense has spent a lot of time on the field. Kent State simply needs to build and it will take a few years to see if Hazell is the guy who can do that for them.
Kansas State is 1-4 against the spread in their last five home games, 6-2 against the spread in their last eight against MAC teams, and 0-4 against the spread in their last four games overall. Kent State is 2-5 against the spread in their last seven games following a bye week, 1-5 against the spread in their last six road games, and 0-4 against the spread in their last four games as a road underdog.
Kansas State has shown me nothing that gives me any time of confidence in them and that’s why I can’t give them out as a cover as a premium pick as all they have shown thus far is the ability to come dangerously close to beating themselves. We can only go by Bill Snyder coaching the Cats up over the bye week and that their opponent may be one of the worst five teams in the nation.
Kansas St. Wildcats -15 Kent St. Golden Flashes