The theme Coming into MAC play, I find it quite difficult to gauge how a defense will perform in the conference. Kentucky poured 56 points on the Golden Flashes. On the other hand, KSU kept Iowa State to 14 points. One thing is certain, Kent State has been effective at stopping the pass. The team is 18th in the nation, allowing just 146 yards per game through the air. Senior cornerback Jack Williams leads that defense. Aside from him, there aren't a ton of playmakers, but the unit is all-around solid and should be in the top three in the MAC at the end of the season.
Key players CB Williams
How Akron can score I imagine the Flashes will match up Williams on Jabari Arthur. If that's the case, the Zips' top receiver must use his seven-inch height advantage. The running backs must also use this game to get their season going. No longer will the Zips offensive line be overpowered by stronger, more experienced defenders. Kent State has surrendered 180 rushing yards per game. Expect Dennis Kennedy to shrug off his slump with a big game.