Buffalo vs Kent State Prediction - College Football Picks 10/21/23
Kent State Golden Flashes (1-6) vs Buffalo Bulls (2-5)
Game Info: Saturday, October 21, 2023 at 3:30 pm (Dix Stadium)
Betting Odds: Kent State Golden Flashes +6.5 -- Over/Under: 43.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Buffalo Bulls will play the Kent State Golden Flashes in a MAC game on Saturday afternoon at Dix Stadium in Kent, Ohio. Buffalo has won two of their last three games, while Kent State has lost four games in a row.
The Buffalo Bulls are 2-5 (2-1) this season after they lost to Bowling Green by a score of 24-14 last week. Buffalo had a 7-0 lead in the first quarter, but they trailed at halftime by a score of 24-7. The Bulls were out gained by a total of 295-238 and turned the ball over five times in the loss. Buffalo lost their first four games of the season, but they did win the next two against Akron and Central Michigan. The Buffalo offense is averaging 25.9 points per game with 196.4 passing yards per game and 126.6 rushing yards per game, while going 31.1% on third down. Cole Snyder has thrown for 1,337 yards, 11 touchdowns, and six interceptions for the Bulls this year. Ron Cook Jr. has rushed for 330 yards and four scores, while Darrell Harding Jr. has caught 14 passes for 239 yards and three touchdowns. The Buffalo defense is allowing 32.1 points against per game this year, but has played much better in the last three games.
Kent State Preview
The Kent State Golden Flashes are 1-6 (0-3) this year after they lost to Eastern Michigan by a score of 28-14 last week. Kent State trailed 21-0 in the third quarter, but they did out score EMU by a total of 14-7 to end the game. The Golden Flashes out gained EMU by a total of 343-218, but turned the ball over three times in the loss. Kent State’s only win came against Central Connecticut and they have lost conference games to EMU, Ohio, and Miami (OH). The Kent State offense is scoring 13.4 points per game with 151.7 passing yards per game and 121.7 rushing yards per game, while going 29.7% on third downs. Tommy Ulatowski has thrown for 181 yards and three touchdowns for the Golden Flashes this year. Gavin Garcia has rushed for 374 yards and two touchdowns, while Chrishon McCray has caught 30 passes for 397 yards and two scores. The Kent State defense is giving up 34.3 points against per game this season.
Kent State Golden Flashes Team Facts
- Kent State has lost each of its last 10 October games as an underdog against non-AP-ranked teams.
- Kent State has failed to cover the spread in each of its last six games in October.
- Each of Kent State's last five October games as an underdog against non-AP-ranked teams have gone OVER the total points line.
Buffalo Bulls Team Facts
- Buffalo has lost four of its last five games as a favorite against non-AP-ranked teams.
- Buffalo has failed to cover the spread in each of its last five games as a favorite against non-AP-ranked teams.
- Each of Buffalo's last four October games as a favorite against non-AP-ranked teams have gone UNDER the total points line.
- Kent State has suffered the most road losses by a margin of 20+ points of any FBS team this season (4).
- Kent State has suffered the most road losses by a margin of 25+ points of any FBS team this season (3).
Buffalo had some momentum after starting conference play with two straight wins, but they turned the ball over way too much in their last game. Kent State hasn’t defeated a FBS team yet, but they did play better in their last game against Eastern Michigan. Both of these defenses have not been good this year, but Buffalo has allowed 24, 13, and 10 points in their last three games. Kent State’s offense has been brutal and I can’t back them until I see a win against a FBS team. Take Buffalo here.