Kent State 2020 Win Total - College Football Pick and Prediction

Kent State 2020 Win Total - College Football Pick and Prediction Photo by Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Breaking Down the Kent State Golden Flashes Win Total

2020 College Football Season

Kent State: O/U 4.5 Wins -- Title Odds:

The Kent State Golden Flashes will be looking to improve off of a 2019 campaign that saw the team finish 3rd place in the MAC East.  Kent State finished the 2019 season with an overall record of (7-6), while going (5-3) in conference play.  The offense averaged 29.2 points per game, which ranked 63rd at the FBS level.  The defense allowed an average of 31.8 points per game, which ranked near the bottom.  The program is under the direction of Sean Lewis. 

The offense was guided by quarterback Dustin Crum.  Crum passed for 2,622 yards, while throwing 20 touchdowns and 2 interceptions.  The quarterback also rushed for over 700 yards and added 6 additional scores.   He will be entering his senior year.  Xavier Williams rushed for nearly 400 yards and 4 scores as a sophomore.  Isaiah McKoy is back for the receiving core, after hauling in 57 receptions for 870 yards and 8 scores.  

As a team the defense totaled 25 sacks, while forcing 18 turnovers.  Kent State was led on defense by Mandela Lawrence-Burke who had a team high 104 tackles, while adding 4 sacks.  The Linebacker returns for his senior year.  The defensive line was guided by Theo Majette.  Majette brought a consistent pass rush, finishing the season with 5.5 sacks.  However, Majette was a senior during the 2019 campaign.  The secondary was led by Jamal Parker.  Parker collected 10 pass break ups and 3 interceptions as a senior.  Keith Sherald Jr. will be looking to take over for Parker, after registering 6 pass break ups and 3 interceptions during the 2019 season. 

Let us take a look at the Kent State schedule for the 2020 season. 

Sept. 5 at Penn State

Sept. 12 Kennesaw

Sept. 19 at Kentucky

Sept. 26 at Alabama

Oct. 3 at Northern Illinois

Oct. 10 Akron

Oct. 17 at Buffalo

Oct. 24 Western Michigan

Nov. 4 at Bowling Green

Nov. 11 Ohio

Nov. 17 at Miami University

Nov. 24 Central Michigan

The Golden Flashes open the season on the road against Penn State.  Kent State then returns home to take on Kennesaw State, before hitting the road for two straight SEC matchups (Kentucky and Alabama). 

The projected win total is set at 4.5 wins. Kent State has a tough non-conference schedule.  The program will finish 1-3 during that stretch and I don’t see a scenario on where that changes. Kent State does have the luxury of playing both Akron and Bowling Green.  Kent State doesn’t match up all that well with a lot of conference opponents this season.  However, I’m going to side with the over, as I can’t see Kent State regressing by more than 2 wins, with a senior dual threat quarterback returning.             

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Chris’s Pick Over 4.5 Wins

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