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Kent State Golden Flashes 2015 NCAA Football Odds & Predictions

2015-2016 Football Previews (MAC) – Golden Flashes

The Kent State Golden Flashes had a season to forget in 2014, but they do deserve credit for fighting right up until the end. They spoiled Akron’s season by winning over the Zips in the last game of the regular season. Coach Haynes and his staff are hoping that win can build some momentum for the team going into this season.

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MAC 2015-2016 College Football Preview- Kent State Golden Flashes

Head Coach: Paul Haynes
2014 Record: 2-9
Odds to win MAC (from BetOnline): +2,500
Season Win Total (from 5Dimes): 4.5

Kent State returns eight players on offense and nine players on defense. Things can’t get much worse than they did last year. The Golden Flashes were 11-3 in 2012, but it’s been all downhill since then.

Haynes hasn’t had much to work with in his first couple years, but the team should improve this season. How much better will they be?

Team Strengths

Trayion Durham is a load in the backfield. He is expected to be back and healthy for Kent State this year. The team missed him badly last year. He’s their best player on offense by a mile, and he’s a workhorse. If he isn’t healthy, this group is no longer a strength. Nick Holley is a hard runner, but he doesn’t have the same athleticism that Durham has.

Look for a big improvement from Kent State in the secondary. The Golden Flashes picked up Najee Murray after he transferred from Ohio State. Murray will be great in the secondary this year. Nate Holley led the team with 137 tackles at free safety last year. The team hopes he won’t have to make as many tackles this year (a free safety leading the team in tackles is never a good sign), but Holley is a great leader for this group.

Kent State should be among the best in the MAC when it comes to special teams play. They have a good kicker and a very good punter. The return team is also solid.

Team Weaknesses

Colin Reardon has started a bunch of games for Kent State at quarterback, but he has yet to prove himself to be a quality signal caller. Reardon had 14 touchdown passes and 16 interceptions last year. I don’t think Reardon looks like a MAC caliber passer. Unless Kent State finds a youngster who can do better, quarterback will be an area of weakness again.

It looks like the passing game is going to have a lot of trouble, because the receivers aren’t going to be good either. The Golden Flashes lost their top two receivers (111 catches between them). Kent State hasn’t recruited well at this position, so it’s hard to imagine anyone stepping up and having a big impact here right away.

Kent State’s defensive line has disappointed the last two years. They return five of their top eight here, but I’m not sure that’s a great thing when they have allowed 4.9 and 4.8 yards per carry the last two years. What’s even worse? Kent State had only 9 sacks as a team last year! That’s just a silly low number that many individual players topped from other teams.

Kent State Golden Flashes 2015-2016 Prediction: 4-8

Kent State should be better this year, but they still aren’t very good. I like them to stay under the season win total.

The Golden Flashes are relying heavily on Durham being healthy, because he is their entire offense. The schedule isn’t particularly difficult, but without any passing game I see four wins being the maximum here.

Kent State 2015 Football Schedule

Regular Season
Date Time vs
9/4/15 9:00 PM ET @ILL
9/12/15 6:00 PM ET DSU
9/19/15 12:00 PM ET @MINN
9/26/15 TBD MRSH
10/3/15 TBD M-OH
10/10/15 TBD @TOL
10/17/15 TBD @MASS
10/24/15 TBD BGSU
11/5/15 TBD BUFF
11/10/15 TBD @OHIO
11/18/15 TBD CMU
11/27/15 TBD @AKR

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