Utah State Aggies vs Kent State Golden Flashes Pick, Odds, Frisco Bowl Prediction 12/20/2019
Game: Utah State Aggies vs Kent State Golden Flashes
Date: Friday, December 20, 2019
Location: Toyota Stadium in Frisco, TX
Odds/Point Spread: Kent State +8
Jordan Love and the Utah State Aggies go to Toyota Stadium on Friday, December 20, 2019 where they'll take on the Kent State Golden Flashes in the Frisco Bowl. Utah State opens this matchup as 8-point favorites. The Aggies are 7-5-0 ATS and 5-6-1 when betting on the total. The Golden Flashes are 6-6-0 when wagering on the over/under and 8-4-0 against the spread.
The last time they took the field, the Utah State Aggies faced the New Mexico Lobos and notched a win by a score of 38-25. Taking the lead at quarterback for the Aggies was Jordan Love who went 18/35 with 172 yards passing and completed 3 TD's. He walked away with 1 pick in the game. Gerold Bright paced the team in rushing for that contest. He broke a long run for 15 yards and he tallied 1 TD for the game. He ran for 113 yards via 19 carries which means he ran for an average of 5.9 yards per run. Siaosi Mariner was the leader in receiving yardage with a total of 55 yards on 3 catches. He had an average of 18.3 yards per catch for that contest. The Aggies ended up rushing 41 times and racked up 196 yards which earned them an average of 4.8 yards per rushing attempt. In all, they totaled 76 plays which added up to 368 yards. Overall, the Aggies got 21 first downs and they totaled 2 penalties for 30 yards telling us that this team was extremely focused in this game. In terms of defense, Utah State allowed 10 completions on 21 attempts for a total of 107 yards, and a completion percentage of 47.6%. In the running game, the Aggies allowed 276 yards on 54 carries which is an average of 5.1 yards per rushing attempt allowed. On the day, they gave up 383 yards and forced 4 takeaways.
The Aggies come into this game with a record of 7-5 for this year. For total yards, they currently sit at 4th in the Mountain West and 48th in the nation with 5,138 yards. They are in the middle of the pack in regard to scoring in the nation averaging 28.3 points per contest, which has them at 69th in the nation. As a team, they are averaging 152.3 yards on the ground per contest which is 7th in the conference. The Aggies have one of the middle tier defenses in Division 1, giving up 29 points per contest putting them 5th in the conference. When it comes to yards through the air, the Aggies have allowed 3,311 yards. Teams are completing 57.9% of the throws they are attempting against them and averaging 7.4 yards per try. When it comes to yards on the ground, Utah State is allowing 198.3 yards per game putting them 10th in the conference and 103rd in the country. Opposing teams are running for an average of 4.3 yards per carry putting them 7th in the MWC and 71st in college football overall. Overall, they have conceded 2,380 rushing yards through 12 games.
In their last game, the Kent State Golden Flashes played the Eastern Michigan Eagles and won 34-26. Xavier Williams led the team on the ground for the game. His longest run of the day went for 16 yards and he ran for 1 TD for the game. He rushed for a total of 79 yards on 12 carries which meant he was running for 6.6 yards per tote. Isaiah McKoy was the receiving yardage leader with a tally of 83 yards on 5 receptions. He averaged 16.6 yards per catch for the game. Taking the lead at quarterback for the Golden Flashes was Dustin Crum who went 17/23 with 197 yards through the air but wasn't able to throw a ball for a TD. He walked away from this game with no interceptions. The Golden Flashes ran the football 51 times and earned 253 yards which gave them an average of 5.0 yards per rush. In the game, they finished with a total of 74 plays which gave them a total of 450 yards. For the contest, the Golden Flashes earned a total of 25 1st downs and they had a total of 4 infractions for 36 yards which tells us their heads weren't always in the game. When it comes to their defensive performance, Kent State gave up 29 catches on 37 attempts totaling 386 yards, and a completion percentage of 78.4%. Against the run, the Golden Flashes gave up 123 yards on 33 runs which is an average of 3.7 yards per carry allowed. On the day, they conceded 509 yards and forced 2 takeaways.
The Golden Flashes come into this game with a record of 6-6. In terms of offensive proficiency, the Golden Flashes have one of the middle tier offenses in the country. Kent State is making teams consider moving more up into the box by averaging 181.3 yards on the ground per game, which has them at 44th in D-1. As a unit, they have a total of 2,176 yards rushing through 12 contests, so they will want to continue to try to improve on the run game so opponents will have to respect all facets of the game. The Golden Flashes average 393.6 yards per contest overall putting them 78th in the nation and 8th in the conference. The Golden Flashes are giving up 31.1 points per game ranking them 8th in the conference and 91st in D-1. Their passing defense is one of the middling units in the country. They are conceding 221.4 passing yards per contest. For passing yards allowed per game, the Golden Flashes are currently ranked 5th in the MAC. In terms of points allowed, they have given up 373 total points. In terms of yards on the ground, they are allowing 250.3 yards per game ranking them 127th in D-1 and 12th in the conference. For this year, they have conceded a total of 3,004 yards rushing and 32.4 rushing touchdowns.
Who will win tonight's Aggies/Golden Flashes college football game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Aggies -8
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