UMass (11-8 overall) earned a berth in the NCAA Tournament through its 2015 Atlantic 10 Championship Game victory over Richmond, 3-0, on Saturday, November 7. In the previous five games, Kent State has a record of 2-3 SU and 1-4 ATS. Opponents have only run for 117.8 yards per game against this terrorizing bunch.
Kent State has a decent defense but really haven't found any answers on the offense throughout the season. Below is everything you need to know about the game, including the Kent State vs. Ohio online live stream, TV broadcast information, game notes and prediction. Sebastian Smith has been the main WR target for Ohio has Smith has 5 TD's on the season and is averaging 5.6 rec/game and 64.2 yds/game.
The Bobcats, a seven-point favorite, will be looking to defend their home field when Kent State visits. The Golden Flashes presently have a plus 3 turnover margin and are led defensively by DB Nate Holley (95 tackles, 2.0 sacks, 1 INT) and DB Demetrius Monday (25 tackles, 6 INT). The Bobcats are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 home games however, just 8-20-1 ATS in their last 29 conference games. The Ohio pass defense has played at another level the past five games.
Kent State also fell short, barely losing to Buffalo 18-17. Ohio has spent the last three games getting bombed on and blown out, but at home it'll do just enough on the defensive front to keep Kent State from going on any long drives. Antwan Dixon had a solid outing for the Golden Flashes, totaling six receptions for 72 yards.
A win against Kent State, however, will give Ohio bowl eligibility and help ease the burden of dropping out of Mid-American Conference contention.
Things have changed, but Ohio's road to recovery will change one game at a time - or against Kent Tuesday night at Peden Stadium. Ohio's chance for a MAC Championship has faded into a "what if" discussion, but a chance to play a bowl is still well intact.
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Ohio's last 7 games.
Kent State went three-and-out most of its drives in the first half. Ohio is 5-0 SU when leading at the end of the third quarter.
Remarkably, Ohio is winless (0-2) SU in games where it wins the turnover battle, yet 4-1 SU when losing the turnover battle.