The Kent State Golden Flashes are looking to build on last season's success as they take on the Akron Zips in a key Mid-American Conference East Division clash on Tuesday. The Golden Flashes (2-0), looking for their first conference championship since 1972 and first MAC Championship Game appearance since 2012, tied for second with Buffalo and Ohio at 5-3 and were 7-6 overall in 2019. Akron (0-2), meanwhile, struggled mightily a year ago, finishing sixth in the MAC-East, going 0-8 in conference and 0-12 overall. The winner will take possession of the prized Wagon Wheel Trophy.
Game time from Dix Stadium in Kent, Ohio, is set for 8 p.m. ET. Kent State has the 13th-best rushing offense in the country, averaging 253.5 yards per game. The Golden Flashes are 26-point favorites in the latest Kent State vs. Akron odds from William Hill Sportsbook, while the over-under for total points scored is set at 59. Before making any Akron vs. Kent State picks, check out the college football predictions for MACtion from the SportsLine Projection Model.
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- Kent State vs. Akron spread: Kent State -26
- Kent State vs. Akron over-under: 59 points
- Kent State vs. Akron money line: Akron +1100, Kent State -2400
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Why Kent State can cover
The Golden Flashes have one of the most prolific offenses in the country through the first two weeks of the season, rolling up 549 yards per game. Senior quarterback Dustin Crum is a dual threat, leading the team in passing and is fifth in rushing. Crum has completed 39 of 56 passes (69.6 percent) for 490 yards and six touchdowns. He has thrown one interception, and has a rating of 174.9. He has also carried 18 times for 60 yards (3.3 average) and one touchdown with a long run of 12 yards.
Redshirt freshman running back Bryan Bradford has been explosive so far this season and leads the team in rushing with 185 yards on 25 carries (7.4 average). In last week's big win, he carried just 13 times but rushed for 113 yards (8.7 average). At Christian Brothers College High School in St. Louis, Bradford was named Metro Catholic Conference Offensive Player of the Year as a senior and earned first-team all-state honors. As a senior, he rushed for 2,094 yards and 34 touchdowns, as well as caught 13 passes for 286 yards and four TDs.
Why Akron can cover
The Zips' defense is led by junior linebacker Bubba Arslanian, who leads the team with 17 tackles, including 10 solo. He also has registered two sacks for 10 yards. For his career, he has recorded 155 tackles, including 71 solo, with four sacks and one forced fumble. Last season, Arslanian played in all 12 games with seven starts. He ranked ninth nationally in total tackles per game at 10.4, and finished second on the defense with 125 tackles, including four tackles for loss, two sacks, two pass breakups and a forced fumble.
Also making an impact on defense is sophomore safety Adetutu Daranijo, who is second on the Zips with 11 tackles, including eight solo. In two seasons, he has registered 26 tackles, including 18 solo. As a freshman in 2019, he played in five games with three starts and was one of only seven true freshmen to earn a start for Akron. Against Ohio, he led the team with 10 tackles, including eight solo stops.
How to make Kent State vs. Akron picks
SportsLine's model is leaning under on the total. In fact, it says Kent State running backs will combine to rush for fewer than 200 yards and two touchdowns, while Akron quarterback Zach Gibson will throw for fewer than 210 yards and two scores. It has also generated an against-the-spread pick that cashes in over 50 percent of simulations. You can only get the pick at SportsLine.
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