The Kent State Golden Flashes (+35) will meet the No. 8 Auburn Tigers at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Kickoff for this showdown is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. ET and fans can catch the action by tuning in to ESPN2.
Kent State at No. 8 Auburn Betting Odds 9/14/2019
Auburn is the heavy favorite and is currently giving up 35 points to Kent State. If the Tigers stumble early it’ll create a solid in-game betting opportunity. The over/under is set at 51.5 points.
The game’s total has moved downward after originally being set at 52. The opening line has yet to change.
The Golden Flashes are 1-1 straight up (SU) while the Tigers are 2-0 SU. The Golden Flashes have recorded 1.0 unit so far and are 1-1 against the spread (ATS). They’ve been a good under bet and have posted an O/U record of 0-2.
The Tigers have gained 2.0 units this season. The team is 2-0 ATS and also has an O/U record of 0-2.
The Golden Flashes just got a 26-23 win over Kennesaw State last week. The Golden Flashes defense allowed the Owls to run for 252 yards on 66 rush attempts, including two rush TDs. On the offensive side of the ball, Dustin Crum completed 17-of-23 passes for 192 yards and one touchdown. Jo-el Shaw (93 yards on 17 rush attempts) and the signal-caller Crum (21 yards on 12 carries, one TD) mounted the ground attack. Isaiah McKoy (seven receptions, 125 yards, one TD) and Kavious Price (six catches, 33 yards) handled the receiving duties in the win.
Auburn just picked up a 24-6 win over Tulane. Bo Nix completed 19-of-37 passes for 207 yards and one touchdown. JaTarvious Whitlow (96 yards on 23 rush attempts, one TD) and Kam Martin (32 yards on 10 carries) mounted the running game while Eli Stove (seven receptions, 27 yards) and Will Hastings (five catches, 75 yards, one TD) led the receiving corps in the win.
Kent State has run the ball on 61.8 percent of its offensive possessions this year while Auburn has a rush percentage of 56.1 percent. The Golden Flashes have produced 133 rush yards per game and have one score on the ground this year. The Tigers are averaging 189 rushing yards per contest and have three total rush TDs.
If 2019 numbers are any indication, then it’s looking like the Tigers might hold an advantage in terms of RB effectiveness. Their backfield has generated 4.3 yards per carry while the defense is allowing 3.3 yards per rush attempt to opponents. The Golden Flashes have rushed for 3.5 yards per carry while allowing a YPC of 3.8 to opponents.
The Golden Flashes have tallied 136 yards per contest through the air overall and have two passing TD so far. The Tigers have recorded 192 pass yards per outing and have three total pass scores.
Defensively, Kent State has allowed opponents to run for an average of 212 yards and pass for 235 yards per game. Auburn has been a bit better than that, giving up 105.0 yards per game on the ground and 172.5 to opposing teams in the air. The Tigers are allowing an adjusted net yards per pass attempt (ANY/A) of only 4.03 to opposing QBs, while the Golden Flashes have given up an 8.29 ANY/A.
Nix has recorded 207 yards, one TD and zero INTs for Auburn. His adjusted net yards per pass attempt sits at 6.14 for the year and 5.01 over his past two games. In the other huddle, Crum is up to 192 passing yards this season. He’s completed 17-of-23 attempts with one passing touchdowns and has yet to throw an interception. Crum has a 7.62 ANY/A for the year, though that number sits at 5.00 over the past two outings.
Kent State Golden Flashes vs. Auburn Tigers Free NCAA Betting Tip
SU Winner – Auburn, ATS Winner – Kent State, O/U – Over
The Kent State defense has sacked opposing quarterbacks seven times this season. Auburn has registered three sacks.
The Auburn offense has lost two fumbles in 2019 while Kent State has lost four.
The Tigers have made three pass plays of 30+ yards while the Golden Flashes have accounted for one such play.
The Kent State defense has allowed three pass plays of 40 or more yards, while Auburn has given up one such play.
Both teams have produced three rushing plays of 20 or more yards. The Kent State offense has recorded nine running plays of 10+ yards while Auburn has accounted for 10 such plays.
The Golden Flashes defense has allowed one rushing play of 20+ yards, while the Tigers have given up two such runs.