Kent State Golden Flashes: Can they corral the Buffalo Bulls?


The Kent State Golden Flashes football team returns home to Dix Stadium this Saturday and will square off against a familiar foe from the MAC-East, the Buffalo Bulls. KSU comes into this game with a 1-3 record, the lone win came against Howard in the second week of the season. Since then the Golden Flashes have taken on Marshall and Louisville two tough opponents. While the Bulls come into this game with a 2-2 record, recording wins against Florida Atlantic and Colgate.

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Both teams come into this game with their backup quarterback ready to start. KSU lost starting quarterback Nick Holley earlier this season with a new injury for the remainder of the year. However, more recently the Bulls lost starting quarterback Tyree Jackson to a knee injury this past weekend against FAU. George Bollas will start again for the Golden Flashes, while Drew Anderson will get his first start in a Bulls uniform.

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For the Kent State Golden Flashes to be successful this weekend they will need to contain wide receiver Anthony Johnson who has been the main target for both Buffalo quarterbacks so far this year. Aside from containing just Johnson the Golden Flashes defense will need to defend the pass better overall. Anderson is a transfer from Diablo Valley community college where he threw for almost 3500 yards and 33 touchdowns. Watch for him to sling the ball all over the field.

Kent State also needs better quarterback play if they have any hope of not only winning this MAC matchup but the MAC championship. Bollas has yet to show any sort of ability to be a threat through the air, which has lead to this offense being one-dimensional. The running game was the heart and soul of this team with Holley and Rankin up until Holley was lost, and recently the offense has looked more like a high school team.

Getting the offense going will be huge for KSU, as this Bulls defense has been stingy all season giving hasn’t given a ton of points to the opposition’s offense. Will Bollas break out his arm, and utilize his weapons? Or will we see another week of distress from this Golden Flashes team?

I hate using this term so early in the season still, but this is a must-win game for Kent State Golden Flashes if they want to make it to the MAC championship. The offense must play better, and the defense must be able to contain these big play guys from Buffalo. Watch for Buffalo to come out taking shots downfield on offense, and applying pressure early, and often on the quarterback. At the end of the day, the Bulls will have a good shot of moving up in the MAC-East standings.

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