The Kent State Golden Flashes (+6) will meet the Eastern Michigan Eagles (-6) at Rynearson Stadium. This MAC game kicks off at 12:00 p.m. ET and ESPN+ is scheduled to broadcast the action. When the two squads met a year ago, Eastern Michigan emerged victorious by a score of 28-20.
Kent State at Eastern Michigan Betting Predictions 11/29/2019
In this Friday Mid-American game, Eastern Michigan is tabbed as the favorite and the team’s currently giving up 6 points. The Golden Flashes are also receiving +185 moneyline odds while the Eagles are -230. Vegas has set the over/under (O/U) at 66 points. If Eastern Michigan starts trailing early on, it’ll likely produce a nice betting opportunity in-game.
Both of these teams have been profitable this year as the Golden Flashes have gained 3.0 units while the Eagles are up 2.4 units.
The Golden Flashes have gone 5-6 straight up (SU), including 4-3 SU against MAC opponents. The Eagles are 6-5 SU overall and 3-4 SU in conference play.
Both teams enter the matchup on two-game winning streaks. The Golden Flashes made it two in a row after a 41-38 win over Ball State last weekTheir defense allowed the Cardinals to run for 330 yards on 59 rush attempts, including four rush TDs. Caleb Huntley was unmatched for the Cardinals in that one with 192 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 30 attempts. On the offensive side of the ball, Dustin Crum completed 18 passes for 369 yards and three touchdowns. Xavier Williams (84 yards on 18 rush attempts, one TD) and the signal-caller Crum (101 yards on 15 carries, one TD) led the running attack. Mike Carrigan (eight receptions, 178 yards) and Isaiah McKoy (six catches, 159 yards, three TDs) shared the receiving duties in the win.
The Eastern Michigan Eagles just earned a 45-17 win over Northern Illinois. The defense allowed the Huskies to rush for 238 yards on 48 attempts, along with one rushing TD. Tre Harbison was a bright spot in the loss for Northern Illinois, recording 112 rushing yards on 30 attempts. For Eastern Michigan, Mike Glass III completed 20-of-24 passes for 235 yards and three touchdowns. Shaq Vann (101 rushing yards on 14 attempts, one TD) led the running game while Arthur Jackson III (five receptions, 78 yards, two TDs) and Quian Williams (five catches, 54 yards) led the pass-catching corps in the win.
Kent State has run the ball on 59.1 percent of its offensive possessions this year while Eastern Michigan has an overall rush percentage of 48.1 percent. The Golden Flashes have run for 174 yards per game (including 215 per game versus Mid-American opponents) and have 11 touchdowns on the ground this year. The Eagles are putting up 122 rush yards per game (133 in conference) and have 19 total rushing TDs.
The Golden Flashes offense has averaged 214 yards in the air overall (256 per game versus conference opposition) and has 22 passing TDs so far. The Eagles have produced 271 pass yards per contest (266.3 against MAC foes) and also have 22 total pass scores.
Kent State appears to have an advantage when it comes to limiting the pass. The team’s allowed opponents to rush for an average of 261 yards and pass for 206 yards per game. The Eastern Michigan D has allowed 228.5 yards per game to opposing passers and 197.8 yards per game on the ground. The Eagles are giving up an adjusted net yards per pass attempt (ANY/A) of 6.75 to opponents, while the Golden Flashes have allowed a 7.52 ANY/A.
Crum has amassed 1,974 passing yards this season, and has connected on 163-of-239 attempts with 16 passing touchdowns and only one interception. Crum has a pristine 7.90 adjusted net yards per pass attempt overall, although that number sits at 9.66 over the past two outings.
Mike Carrigan (475 receiving yards, four receiving touchdowns this season), Xavier Williams (253 rush yards, one rush TD, 49 receiving yards, one receiving TD) and Isaiah McKoy (686 receiving yards, seven TDs) have all played key roles lately.
Mike Glass III has completed 189-of-289 passes for 2,226 yards, 19 TDs and eight INTs for Eastern Michigan. His ANY/A stands at 7.27 for the season and 11.04 over his past two games.
Similar to the Golden Flashes, expect a balanced approach offensively from Eastern Michigan this Friday. As a group, Shaq Vann, Mike Glass III and Arthur Jackson III have combined for 451 yards from scrimmage and nine touchdowns over the last two outings.
Kent State Golden Flashes at Eastern Michigan Eagles Betting Pick
SU Winner – Eastern Michigan, ATS Winner – Eastern Michigan, O/U – Over
Eastern Michigan has lost five fumbles this season while Kent State has let eight get away.
The Kent State defense has sacked opposing QBs 21 times this year. Eastern Michigan has produced 18 sacks.
Kent State has produced 4.2 yards per carry over its last three contests and 4.4 over its last two.
Eastern Michigan has averaged 5.3 yards per carry over its last three games and 6.2 over its last two.
In its last three games, Eastern Michigan is 2-1 ATS and the over cashed in each of those three.
The Over/Under for Kent State’s previous game was set at 67. The over cashed in the team’s 41-38 victory over Ball State.
Over its last three matchups, Kent State is 3-0 ATS and the over cashed in each of those three.
The O/U for Eastern Michigan’s previous game was set at 58. The over cashed in that 45-17 triumph over Northern Illinois.