2. KEYS TO THE SEASON
Biggest Key To The Kent State Offense
Toughen up on the offensive front. It’s a smallish, quick line – averaging in the 270ish range – but it has to start keeping defenses from living in the backfield. The Golden Flash running game had its moments, but it was hard to do much of anything behind a line that gave up a nation-high 121 tackles for loss and 43 sacks. To be fair, it’s been a problem for a while, allowing 90 tackles for loss or more in each of the last four years, but with a veteran line comes higher expectations.
Biggest Key To The Kent State Defense
Stop the run. It’s not just this easy, is it? Kent State allowed fewer than 100 rushing yards twice. One time it was against Howard, and another time it was against Bowling Green. Those just so happened to be the two times the D didn’t allow a touchdown run – and they were the two games they won. In every other game, they allowed 130 yards or more and two scores or more. Even when the run defense was okay – allowing 143 yards to Akron and 130 to Ohio – the games were close in losses.
Key Player To A Successful Season
OT Bryce Gibbs, Sr.
And it’s not just Gibbs. It’s the entire Kent State O line, and its whatever veteran option ends up at left tackle. The 6-3, 284 is one of the veterans up front, but he only started half of last year after getting banged up a wee bit. Again, the FlashFast offense doesn’t take off unless the blocking and pass protection are stronger.
Key Game To The Kent State Season
Bowling Green, Sept. 21
Kennesaw isn’t a lock of a win, but if this season is going to be anything interesting, it had better be a win. With a trips to Arizona State, Auburn and Wisconsin in the first part of the season, and with five of the first seven games on the road, the Golden Flashes have to take advantage of their home dates. They were able to slip by Bowling Green last season, and if they don’t do it this time around, just forget about even dreaming of getting to six wins.
– Kent State Schedule Breakdown & Analysis
2018 Kent State Fun Stats
– Sacks: Opponents 43 for 235 yards – Kent State 24 for 155 yards
– Time of Possession: Opponents 32:09 – Kent State 27:51
– Red Zone Scoring: Kent State 36-of-40 – Opponents 44-of-60