Doug Martin is voicing a call to arms for this Saturday's matchup with Temple.
"The winner of that game is going to have a lot to say about who wins the MAC East Championship," Martin said on Saturday following the 33-14 defeat of Ball State. "We need everybody--everybody--here to help this football team get this thing done. We have got to have a home-field advantage next week. I'm hoping and praying people will come out and make this an exciting football game."
Martin also appeared on Ken and Fish on Sportsradio 1350 AM (3-6 p.m.) in an effort to reach other mediums to spread the word.
For Kent State (4-4, 3-2), taking down preseason favorite Temple (7-2, 4-1) is a must for any chance at a bowl game or a trip to Detroit for the MAC Championship game.
Even as it stands now, those chances are slim at best--a loss to Temple would erase any doubt.
Temple is tied with Ohio University and Miami University for the lead in the East at 4-1.
The latter stands as the biggest hurdle for Kent's postseason hopes. Miami, who beat Kent in the conference opener 27-21 in a heartbreaker that ended with quarterback Spencer Keith being intercepted in the end zone late in the fourth quarter, would have to lose two of their last three conference games for the Flashes to climb to the top of the totem pole.
It's a helpless feeling--the chances at a conference title shot being in someone else's hands--but taking care of the other two leaders in the East (Kent State also plays Western Michigan Nov. 20) would put KSU in prime position if Miami should stumble.
The RedHawks play at Bowling Green Nov. 10, at winless Akron the next week and have Temple at home in the season finale. The Flashes boat-raced Bowling Green 30-6 and beat Akron 28-17.
Ironic, isn't it, that Akron snapping its winless streak by beating Miami may pave KSU's way to Detroit?
For Kent State fans, the enemy of your enemy is your friend.