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Kent State @ Akron

Current Records: Kent State 5-5; Akron 2-8

What to Know

This Saturday, the Kent State Golden Flashes are hoping to patch up the holes in a defense that has allowed an average of 36.8 points per matchup. The Golden Flashes and the Akron Zips will face off in a Mid-American battle at noon ET Saturday at Summa Field at InfoCision Stadium. Given that both teams suffered a loss in their last game, they both have a little extra motivation heading into this contest.

Kent State found themselves the reluctant recipients of an unpleasant 54-30 punch to the gut against the Central Michigan Chippewas last week. Kent State was up 14 to nothing at the end of the first quarter but couldn't hold on to the lead. RB Marquez Cooper put forth a good effort for the losing side as he punched in two rushing touchdowns.

Meanwhile, Akron was hampered by 88 penalty yards against the Western Michigan Broncos last Tuesday. Akron was within striking distance but couldn't close the gap as they fell 45-40 to WMU. The losing side was boosted by WR Konata Mumpfield, who caught 11 passes for two TDs and 122 yards.

The Golden Flashes are the favorite in this one, with an expected 13.5-point margin of victory. They have been consistent moneymakers against the spread when favored (3-1), so they might be worth a quick bet.

Kent State took their game against the Zips when the two teams previously met in November of last year by a conclusive 69-35 score. The rematch might be a little tougher for Kent State since the team won't have home-field advantage. We'll see if the change in venue makes a difference.

How To Watch

  • When: Saturday at 12 p.m. ET
  • Where: Summa Field at InfoCision Stadium -- Akron, Ohio
  • TV: ESPN Plus
  • Online streaming: fuboTV (Try for free. Regional restrictions may apply.)
  • Follow: CBS Sports App
  • Ticket Cost: $24.00


The Golden Flashes are a big 13.5-point favorite against the Zips, according to the latest college football odds.

The oddsmakers had a good feel for the line for this one, as the game opened with the Golden Flashes as a 13-point favorite.

Over/Under: -111

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Series History

Akron have won four out of their last six games against Kent State.

  • Nov 17, 2020 - Kent State 69 vs. Akron 35
  • Oct 12, 2019 - Kent State 26 vs. Akron 3
  • Oct 20, 2018 - Akron 24 vs. Kent State 23
  • Nov 21, 2017 - Akron 24 vs. Kent State 14
  • Oct 01, 2016 - Akron 31 vs. Kent State 27
  • Nov 27, 2015 - Akron 20 vs. Kent State 0