Game 1: Boston College versus Kent State
At: Cleveland Browns Stadium
Standing on the field before the game I am extremely impressed with the size and stature that the Flashes now possess. It is finally starting to feel like Doug martin’s Flashes are on the cusp of being that winning team he envisions. Game time could be a different story.
Jarvis looks much stronger to me through the lower body today. He will get his yards, but will it matter? Julian Edelman and the passing game need to show up to give the Flashes any chance of upsetting Boston College.
With the eagles implementing an entirely new backfield an upset is possible though.
What to expect early:
The Flashes should, and need, to establish senior tight end Jameson Konz early. It is important for a few reasons.
1.) It will be Konz’s first game playing offense after converting from linebacker. He needs to be apart of the game plan to get his own jitters out.
2.) Edelman needs to establish the passing game early. What better way to do that than utilizing the new speedster at tight end.
Today’s media food:
Chili dogs, hot dogs or what ever you want to make out of them. We had the option of rigatoni as well. I was hoping something a little more gourmet since it is Cleveland Browns stadium, but I think KSU is still fitting the bill. Of course they have Stadium Mustard though.
No one is yet to match North Carolina basketball’s hushpuppies and homemade Banana pudding pie last year. Delicious.
Key’s to the game:
The Flashes must be able to establish some type of passing game. Boston College ranked dead last in the ACC last year in passing defense. They led the conference in stopping the run though.
In order for Eugene Jarvis and Julian Edelman to get better running lanes the passing game must keep the Eagles honest.
The Kent State defense needs to apply pressure early. Boston College has an entirely new backfield. The running back, Josh Haden, is a freshman. Senior quarterback Chris Crane is making his first career start.
That inexperience should be used against them. An early interception or just a solid pass rush could go along way in giving the Flashes the psychological edge over its opponent.
The Flashes cannot beat themselves. The Kent State program feels as if it is finally on the cusp of turning the corner. In order to do that Kent State must avoid the traps that befall past teams: stupid mistakes and hurting themselves. A win today could go long way in establishing Kent State as a winner.
I will be joining a few other Kent State beat writers on the homepage of the student newspaper, the Daily Kent Stater, for live blogging. Check it out and join us if you like, www.kentnewsnet.com.