Utah State vs. Kent State - 12/20/19 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Utah State Aggies (7-5) at Kent State Golden Flashes (6-6)
College Football: Friday, December 20, 2019 at 7:30 pm (Toyota Stadium)
The Line: Kent State Golden Flashes +6.5 -- Over/Under: 67.5
The Utah State Aggies and Kent State Golden Flashes meet Friday in the college football Frisco Bowl at Toyota Stadium.
The Utah State Aggies enter this bowl game splitting their last eight games. The Utah State Aggies have split their last six non-home games. Jordan Love is completing 60.6 percent of his passes for 3,085 yards, 17 touchdowns and 16 interceptions. Love has one or less touchdown passes in five of his last eight games. Siaosi Mariner and Jordan Nathan have combined for 1,384 receiving yards and nine touchdowns while Deven Thompkins has 36 receptions. The Utah State Aggies ground game is averaging 149.1 yards per contest, and Gerold Bright leads the way with 827 yards and eight touchdowns. Defensively, Utah State is allowing 29 points and 431.4 yards per game. David Woodward leads the Utah State Aggies with 93 tackles, Tipa Galeai has five sacks and Shaq Bond has three interceptions.
The Kent State Golden Flashes enter this bowl game on a three-game winning streak. The Kent State Golden Flashes have lost five of their last seven non-home games. Dustin Crum is completing 68.2 percent of his passes for 2,333 yards, 18 touchdowns and two interceptions. Crum has two or more touchdown passes in four of his last six games. Isaiah McKoy and Mike Carrigan have combined for 1,301 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns while Kavious Price has 47 receptions. The Kent State Golden Flashes ground game is averaging 181.2 yards per contest, and Crum leads the way with 560 yards and five touchdowns. Defensively, Kent State is allowing 31.1 points and 470.8 yards per game. Mandela Lawrence-Burke leads the Kent State Golden Flashes with 94 tackles, Theo Majette has five sacks and Jamal Parker has three interceptions.
The Aggies are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 non-conference games, 16-5 ATS in their last 21 games as a favorite and 17-8 ATS in their last 25 games overall. The Golden Flashes are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games as an underdog, 7-3-2 ATS in their last 12 Friday games and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The over is 3-1-1 in Aggies last 5 games overall. The over is 9-4 in Golden Flashes last 13 games on grass.
You can make a case for Kent State in an outright win, especially with Utah State being without star linebacker David Woodward, who has decided to get ready for the upcoming NFL draft. The problem is there's still a massive gap between these two defenses and Kent State is one of the worst teams in the country at stopping the run. I expect the Utah State Aggies to get physical at the line of scrimmage and run all over Kent State. I'll take Utah State by a touchdown.