If you listen to Kent State head coach Doug Martin and Ohio head coach Frank Solich, they sound pretty similar. Both coaches speak of balanced football teams.
Both teams feature exceptional special teams that are able to change the complexion of games, and use it to score touchdowns. The Bobcats have blocked three punts this season. They also feature a kick return and a punt return for a touchdown this season. KSU has scored touchdowns on kickoffs and blocked field goals, the coverage units have also been great this season.
Ohio leads the nation in takeaways with 23 and relies on forcing turnovers to change the momentum of the game in their favor. KSU has forced 16 turnovers on the season and are a +5 in turnovers in conference play.
Both teams feature offensive lines who are diverse in their ability to play physical and also run well that have gotten better throughout the season.
Both teams are two of the better speed teams in the Mid-American Conference. KSU and Ohio both have big play potential on offense and have had many big plays this season.
The teams weaknesses are also similar. Both teams struggle with third down conversions and red zone offense.
SNEAK PEEK AT KEYS TO THE GAME
1. Turnover battle
2. Making big plays on special teams/limiting Ohio's ability to make big plays on special teams
3. Attacking Ohio's man coverage through the air and down the field with a vertical passing game
4. Playing with passion and pride to win a key MAC East football game while embracing the opportunity to play in a meaningful October game.
Dave Carducci from the Record Courier writes about one of those keys to the game. That is being able to attack Ohio's man coverage with a vertical passing game. That game plan is not unlike the one used in 2007 during a 33-25 Kent State victory.
Kent State field hockey (10-6, 6-1) won at Michigan yesterday 1-0. The win notches KSU's best road record since 2000 at 7-3. KSU has won seven of the last eight games and six out of the last seven on the road.
John Hahn (Hudson) has been selected MAC Golfer of the Week.
Junior cross country runner Scott Hilditch has been named MAC Cross Country Runner of the Week.
The 'Inside Kent State Sport' show will air from 6-7 p.m. tonight on AM 1350. Fans can also listen at sportsradio1350.com.
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