Back the Underdog in Kent State vs. Akron NCAA Football Pick

Jeff Grant

Monday, November 24, 2014 4:32 PM GMT

Kent State has played hard on the gridiron despite suffering through a forgettable season, which makes it a playable college football underdog against Akron Friday.

A Lot On the Line
Akron needs one more win to become bowl eligible for the first time since 2005, which is important to consider when making your Week 14 NCAA football picks, as it snapped a four-game losing streak in picking up a 30-6 win over UMass last time out.

The Zips have 26 seniors on a roster that has played under two different coaching staffs, with Terry Bowden being on the sidelines the last three years.

Over the last two-plus seasons, the squad is 6-7 SU and 4-9 ATS when playing against a team with a losing record, while the UNDER is 10-3 in that situation.

 

Playing with Pride
Kent State will try to dampen one of its biggest rivals postseason hopes, while also capturing the battle for the Wagon Wheel, as it prepares to recognize 12 seniors at Dix Stadium—nine of them being of the fifth-year variety in capturing three of four meetings in this series.

The Golden Flashes have had 22 different players earn their first career start this season, but the offensive line has been tremendous of late—allowing starting quarterback Colin Reardon to be sacked just once in the last six contests.

It’s important to point out that the team is 7-3 SUATS in November since the start of the 2012 campaign, with the UNDER cashing in seven of those 10 opportunities.

 

Causing Turnovers
Entering their last game against Massachusetts, the Zips were ranked 18th in the country in recovering 18 fumbles and occupied the 22nd spot in gaining 19 turnovers overall.

Akron has a major playmaker in senior defensive back Jatavis Brown, who leads the team in tackles for loss and total tackles, while he’s also forced three fumbles and racked up four sacks.

 

Rushing Battle 
The Golden Flashes have put together a 14-2 SU record when out-gaining their opponents on the ground since 2012, while they’ve dropped 18 of 20 affairs when falling short in that all-important statistical category.

Sports bettors will also want to keep an eye on the halftime score, as Kent State is 14-0 when leading at the break over that period of time, while it has gone 1-19 when trailing.

 

Prediction
I’m going to recommend that readers back the Golden Flashes with your College Football pick as the underdog has covered the number in six of the last eight meetings in this in-state rivalry.

Free College Football Pick: Kent State Golden Flashes +4.5 at Bookmaker