Saturday, September 3, 2016
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The Kent State Golden Flashes take on the Penn State Nittany Lions on Saturday, September 3, 2016 at Beaver Stadium. The opening line for this game has Penn State as 21 point favorites and the over/under was set at 46. Last season the Golden Flashes were 3-9-0 against the spread and their over/under record was 3-8-0. The Nittany Lions had an over/under record of 5-8-0 and they were 4-9-0 against the spread.
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Kent State scored 13.1 points per game on offense last season, which ranked 128th in Division 1. In the passing department, they averaged 14.6 passes on 28.6 attempts for a 51 percent completion percentage last season. They threw for a total of 138.1 yards per game through the air as well, which ranked them 121st in college football. The Golden Flashes ran for an average of 135.3 yards per game on 37.3 attempts for an average of 3.6 yards per carry. That ranked them 106th in the nation. They also ran 65.8 plays per contest and averaged 4.2 yards per play for an average of 273.3 yards per game, ranking their offense 127th overall last season. The Golden Flashes averaged 14.1 first downs per game which ranked them 128th in the country. They accumulated 72.7 penalty yards per game via 7.8 penalties, which ranked 7th in the nation.
Kent State allowed 208.7 passing yards per game, ranking 41st in D-1, and they allowed 26.1 points per contest on defense, which ranked 56th. They gave up 16.6 completions on 30.8 attempts per game for a completion percentage of 53.8. The Golden Flashes allowed 143.9 rushing yards per game on 41.2 carries for a 3.5 average per play, which ranked their rush defense 35th in the country. Kent State allowed 352.6 total yards per game including 4.9 yards per play, which ranked their overall defense 31st in terms of yards per game. They forced 1.5 turnovers per contest and got flagged for 6.8 penalties for 64.3 yards per game, ranking them 110th among D-1 teams.
Penn State averaged 23.2 points per game last season on offense, which ranked them 101st in the country. In the passing department, they completed 16.5 passes per game on 31.1 attempts for a 53.2 percent completion percentage. They threw for 214.5 yards through the air per game last year, ranking them 74th in Division 1. The Nittany Lions ran for an average of 133.9 yards per game on 32.6 attempts for an average of 4.1 yards per carry last season, which ranked them 108th on the ground. They also ran 63.7 plays per game and averaged 5.5 yards per play for a total of 348.4 yards per game, ranking them 105th in the country on offense. The Nittany Lions got an average of 16.5 first downs per game, which ranked 120th in the nation. They averaged 41.6 penalty yards per game via 5.2 penalties, ranking them 110th in college football.
Penn State allowed an average of 173.5 passing yards yards per game, which ranked 8th in Division 1. Their defense overall allowed 21.8 points per contest, which had them ranked 27th in the nation. They gave up 16.5 completions on 28.6 attempts for a completion percentage of 57.5 per game. The Nittany Lions allowed 151 rushing yards per contest on 39.3 carries for a 3.8 average per rush, ranking their overall rush defense 43rd in the country. Penn State allowed 324.5 total yards per game for an average of 4.8 yards per play, which ranked 14th in D-1. They forced 1.7 turnovers per contest and 7 penalties for 58.4 yards in each contest, ranking 85th in the nation.
George Bollas finished his last game of last season with 102 yards through the air for Kent State. He completed 10 passes out of 18 attempts for a 56% completion percentage. The Golden Flashes were led in rushing by Trayion Durham, who finished with 10 yards on 7 rushes. He ended the contest with an average of 1 yards per carry. Ernest Calhoun was the team leader in receiving with a total of 46 yards and 4 receptions. He finished the game with an average of 12 yards per reception. As a team in that game Kent State got a total of 7 first downs by way of 2 rushing, 4 passing, and 1 by penalty. They ran 44 total plays for 135 yards for the game. The Golden Flashes ran for 10 yards on 20 attempts.
Trace McSorley finished his last game of last season with 142 yards through the air for Penn State. He completed 14 passes out of 27 attempts for a 52% completion percentage. The Nittany Lions were led in rushing by Saquon Barkley, who finished with 69 yards on 17 rushes. He ended the contest with an average of 4 yards per carry. Chris Godwin was the team leader in receiving with a total of 133 yards and 6 receptions. He finished the game with an average of 22 yards per reception. Penn State got a total of 16 first downs by way of 3 rushing, 12 passing, and 1 by penalty. They ran 74 total plays for 401 yards for the game. The Nittany Lions ran for 120 yards on 32 attempts.
Kent State Betting Trends
Kent State were 3-8-0 against the over/under last season
Kent State had an ATS record of 3-9-0 last season
Penn State Betting Trends
Penn State were 5-8-0 against the over/under last season
Penn State had an ATS record of 4-9-0 last season
Injuries to Watch
08/11/16 WR Antwan Dixon Illness out for season
No key injuries to report
Guy's Pick: Take Penn State
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