College Football Week 3 Predictions: Kent State Golden Flashes vs. Ohio State Buckeyes

Kent State Golden Flashes vs. Ohio State Buckeyes
Saturday, 9/13/14, 12:00 PM EST
Opening Point Spread:  Ohio State -29.5
Current Betting Line:  Ohio State -32
Opening Total:  N/A
Current Total:  N/A
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The Ohio State Buckeyes are 29-1 SU all-time against MAC opponents
The Ohio State Buckeyes are 29-1 SU all-time against MAC opponents

Kent State has dropped its first two games of the 2014 campaign, which is important to consider when making your Week 3 college football predictions, as it attempts to bounce back from a 23-13 loss to South Alabama as two-point home underdogs last Saturday.  It’s important to point out that in its last five games—opponents are averaging just 15 points per contest.  Kent State is 0-9 SU and 1-8 ATS versus Big Ten Conference opponents over the last two-plus seasons.

The Golden Flashes have dropped both previous meetings against the Buckeyes, including a 51-17 defeat in Columbus in 2002, which can’t be ignored when looking over the college football lines.  Kent State is 1-12 against teams currently in the Big Ten, with its most recent defeat coming against Penn State a season ago.  Since 2012, the program is 14-2 when out-gaining opponents on the ground and 1-11 when its opponent runs for more yards.

Ohio State has won 38 consecutive games against in-state opponents, while 49 of the team’s 55 points scored this season have been by freshmen or sophomores.  The Buckeyes are worthy favorites in this matchup due to head coach Urban Meyer’s 48-5 SU record in games played in August and September over the course of his career, while he also compiled a 2-0 record against Kent State during his time at Bowling Green.  Ohio State is 3-0 SUATS as favorites of 21.5 to 31 points over the last two-plus seasons, with the OVER going 2-1 in that situation.

The Buckeyes had their 25-game regular season win streak come to an end against the Virginia Tech Hokies in Week 2, with quarterback J.T. Barrett being under duress for virtually the entire game.  Ohio State is 29-1 SU all-time against current members of the Mid-American Conference—playing at least one such opponent in each of the past 17 campaigns.  Sophomore wide receiver Michael Thomas will likely be Barrett’s main target in the passing game, as he recorded a team-high 98 yards receiving on six catches versus the Hokies.

Sports bettors will likely back the Buckeyes due to the Golden Flashes being 1-5 ATS after two or more consecutive losses.

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