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A Mid-American battle is on tap between the Kent State Golden Flashes and the Ohio Bobcats at 1 p.m. ET on Saturday at Peden Stadium. Ohio is 1-6 overall and 0-3 at home while Kent State is 3-4 overall and 0-4 on the road. This will be the 73rd time the two in-state rivals have squared off and Ohio owns a 45-25-2 advantage in the all-time series with wins in their last five head-to-head matchups. However, Kent State has covered the last two times the programs have met and is 6-4 against the spread in the last 10 against Ohio. 

The Golden Flashes are favored by 5.5 points in the latest Ohio vs. Kent State odds from Caesars Sportsbook, and the over-under is set at 66.5. Before making any Kent State vs. Ohio picks or predictions, you'll want to see the college football predictions from the proven simulation model at SportsLine.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every FBS college football game 10,000 times. Over the past five-plus years, the proprietary computer model has generated a stunning profit of almost $3,700 for $100 players on its top-rated college football picks against the spread. It also enters Week 8 of the 2021 season on a 22-9 run on all top-rated college football side picks. Anyone who has followed it has seen huge returns.

Now, the model has set its sights on Ohio vs. Kent State and just revealed its CFB picks and predictions. You can head to SportsLine now to see the model's picks. Here are several college football odds and betting lines for Ohio vs. Kent State:

  • Ohio vs. Kent State spread: Ohio +5.5
  • Ohio vs. Kent State over-under: 66.5 points
Featured Game | Ohio Bobcats vs. Kent State Golden Flashes

What you need to know about Ohio

The Bobcats had victory within their grasp but couldn't quite capture it on Saturday as they lost 27-26 to the Buffalo Bulls. Ohio was up 21 to nothing at the end of the first quarter but somehow couldn't manage to seal the deal. A silver lining for them was the play of QB Armani Rogers, who accumulated 75 passing yards in addition to rushing for two TDs and 183 yards. 

Rogers put himself on the highlight reel with a 99-yard TD scramble in the first quarter. Rogers' sharp performance set his single-game rushing touchdown high for the season. Rogers has now rushed for 425 yards and six touchdowns this season and his athleticism has helped elevate the Ohio offense.

What you need to know about Kent State

Meanwhile, Kent State found themselves the reluctant recipients of an unpleasant 64-31 punch to the gut against the Western Michigan Broncos on Saturday. Their defeat shouldn't obscure the performances of QB Dustin Crum, who passed for 210 yards and two TDs in addition to punching in one rushing touchdown, and WR Dante Cephas, who caught five passes for 96 yards and one TD.

Crum is a fifth-year senior who has now thrown 43 touchdowns against just eight interceptions while averaging an impressive 8.5 yards per pass attempt in his career. He's also rushed for 17 career touchdowns and helps lead a balanced offense that should give an Ohio defense that's giving up 422.3 yards per game problems.

How to make Kent State vs. Ohio picks

The model has simulated Ohio vs. Kent State 10,000 times and the results are in. We can tell you that the model is leaning over on the point total, and it's also generated a point-spread pick that is hitting in 60 percent of simulations. You can only see the model's pick at SportsLine.

So who wins Ohio vs. Kent State? And which side of the spread hits 60 percent of the time? Visit SportsLine now to see which side to back, all from the model that has crushed its college football picks, and find out.