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2007 Kent Football Preview

 

Kent State Golden Flashes


2007 Kent State Overview

Julian Edelman was a late addition to the KSU program last fall and went from the #3 QB to the opening day starter against Minnesota. A true dual threat, he produced over 2,400 yards passing and rushing last year. Even with this output, Kent State averaged just 18-points per game last season, ranking 100th nationally. Eugene Jarvis, Jon Drager and Greg Keys provide solid depth at RB to make KSU a run-first offense this fall. WR Cameron Bobb and TE Tom Sitko are solid targets in the passing game that will get more attention since three of the top five receivers graduated. The past three recruiting seasons have had significant focus on the receiving corps and this year’s unit should have more playmakers than years past. The offensive line is solid and should be the team’s strength. Nine of ten players return from last season’s two-deep roster led by Joe Marafine, who is a legitimate NFL prospect according to head coach Doug Martin. The improved play of the line helped KSU increase their rushing average last year from 46-yards per game in 2005 to 158-yards per game in 2006. The biggest loss on defense is pass rushing specialist Dan Muir, a 1st team all-MAC selection in ’06. Several letter winners return to a unit that also made significant improvements from 2005 to 2006. KSU lowered their defensive rushing yardage per game from 201 in ’05 to 139 in ’06. Look for the defensive front to be one of the league's best again this year. Kevin Hogan is a hybrid DE/OLB and along with Jameson Konz and Stevon Moss, form one of the MAC’s best LB units. Kent gave up just 20 points per game last year and 298 yards of total offense and should put up similar numbers again this fall. KSU ranked 10th nationally in pass defense and return several DB play makers led by CB Jack Williams and safety Fritz Jacques. So what was the difference between a 6-6 KSU team last season and a 9-3 divisional champion? A pathetic special teams play that saw Kent make just 2 of 10 FGs last season which included 1 of 5 from inside 30-yards. Needless to say, dramatic improvement is needed in this area for KSU to make the jump up and win the MAC East. Overall, Kent State has the defense to keep them in almost every game this year and the offense is good enough to average at least 24-points per game. So if the special teams area can get their act together, Kent State win earn their first bowl bid since 1972, back when Jack Lambert played.

 

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Mark it Down!
For the first time since the Glen Mason era of the mid-1980s, Kent State will finally deliver a decent non-conference victory. KSU beat Kansas and UTEP in the mid-1980s and have no other OOC win of note other than against I-AA power Youngstown State. This year, KSU will beat either Iowa State or Kentucky during September to finally get an OOC win to make the Golden Flash faithful proud.

 

2007 Kent State Schedule Analysis
Mostly favorable; the Golden Flashes play winnable non-conference games against Iowa State, Kentucky and Delaware State along with a not so winnable game at Ohio State. Crossover games are hosting defending MAC champ Central Michigan while traveling to a rebuilding NIU. Within the division, Kent gets a raw deal traveling to both Akron and Ohio in September but they do host BGSU and Miami in October. Getting Temple and Buffalo in their final two games of the season is a plus to pad their record if KSU is playing for any of the MAC’s three or four bowl bids.



Most Important Game
At Akron on September 22 – This is the first divisional and MAC game for both teams and will set up who has the inside track to the MAC title game from the East. KSU dominated Akron last year and this year’s contest should be a true dog fight from the opening kickoff.

 

2007 Kent State Football Schedule

Opponent Prediction Opponent Preview
@ Iowa State
W
2007 Iowa State football preview
@ Kentucky
L
 
vs. Delaware State
W
N/A
@ Akron
L
2007 Akron football preview
@ Ohio
L
2007 Ohio football preview
vs. Miami
W
2007 Miami football preview
@ Ohio State
L
2007 Ohio State football preview
vs. Bowling Green
W
2007 Bowling Green football preview
vs. Central Michigan
W
2007 CMU football preview
@ Northern Illinois
L
2007 NIU football preview
@ Temple
W
2007 Temple football preview
vs. Buffalo
W
2007 Buffalo football preview

 

2007 Kent State Prediction - 7-5 Overall, 5-3 MAC, 4-2 MAC West

 

 

 

published 07.05.2007