NCAAF

Utah State Aggies vs Kent State Golden Flashes

Utah State
Aggies
7 - 5
Kent State
Golden Flashes
6 - 6
December 20, 2019, 7:30 PM EST
 | Toyota Stadium

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Utah State
Aggies
7 - 5
Kent State
Golden Flashes
6 - 6
December 20, 2019, 7:30 PM EST
 | Toyota Stadium
  • Kent State seeks its first-ever bowl victory when it makes its first postseason appearance in seven years in the Frisco Bowl. The Golden Flashes will be opposed by the Utah State Aggies, who are suiting up in their eighth bowl in nine years but are coming off a disappointing season in the Mountain West.

    Frisco Bowl Matchup Information
    • Spread: Utah State -7
    • Total: 65
    • Date/Time: December 20, 6:30 p.m. ET
    • Location: Frisco, Texas
    • Stadium: Toyota Stadium
    • TV Coverage: ESPN
    • Utah State vs Kent State Matchup Report & Updated Odds

    Frisco Bowl Odds Analysis

    Utah State has been a great bet in recent years when favored by a touchdown or more, going 15-5 ATS in its last 20. Kent State is 5-0 ATS in its last five as an underdog but has won just five of its last 40 games straight up when catching points. Each of Utah State’s last seven bowl appearances has gone UNDER.

    Utah State News & Notes

    It’s safe to say that the Frisco Bowl wasn’t circled on the Aggies’ calendar at the start of the year. Utah State had visions of winning a Mountain West championship, but those were derailed with lopsided losses to Air Force and Boise State in conference play. And after bouncing back from that loss to Boise with a 38-25 win at New Mexico in their regular-season finale, the Aggies were considered potential candidates for the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl before learning they were bound for Texas instead.

    “We understand where we fit this year,” Utah State head coach Gary Andersen said. “It is a huge responsibility to prepare the right way and to play the right way, and that is exactly how we will approach it.”

    Aggies quarterback Jordan Love seems to have that same mindset. Despite declaring for next year’s NFL draft (where he’s projected to go in the second round), the junior will suit up one last time for Utah State in Frisco. Love’s got plenty to play for as well, coming off a campaign of 17 touchdown passes and 16 interceptions that marked a stark dropoff from his 32-touchdown, six-interception performance in 2018.

    Kent State News & Notes

    Utah State’s motivation level in the Frisco Bowl is debatable, but you can’t say the same about the Golden Flashes. Kent State is making just its fourth bowl game appearance in program history, and only its second since 1972.

    The Flashes also come into this game with plenty of momentum, having won their final three games of the season to earn bowl eligibility with a 6-6 mark — a drastic improvement from their 2-10 finishes in 2017 and 2018.

    Kent State’s late-season success has been keyed by the emergence of a strong running game to complement dual-threat quarterback Dustin Crum. After running for under 150 yards in five of their first 10 games, the Golden Flashes eclipsed the 250-yard plateau on the ground in each of their last two outings.

    They could enjoy similar success against a Utah State front that has allowed 200-plus rushing yards in four of its last six.

    Betting Pick: Kent State +7

    The Golden Flashes should bring a lot of energy to a game I’m not convinced Utah State is too excited to play in.

    Shark Bites
    • Utah State is 16-1 SU and 13-4 ATS in its last 17 games as a favorite.
    • Kent State is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games as an underdog.
    • The total has gone UNDER in Utah State’s last 7 playoff games.

Odds

Friday, December 20 Fri Dec 20


Opening
Current

Spread
Moneyline
O/U
Opening
-8
-107
-311
o64
-110
+8
-107
+269
u64
-110
Spread
Moneyline
O/U
Current
-7
-115
-280
o71.5
-110
+7
-105
+230
u71.5
-110

Edge Finder

34.08
Points Scored
14.67
241.00
Passing Yards
143.33
186.58
Rushing Yards
106.67
27:06
Time on Field
28:48
72.33
Number of Plays
62.08
6.17
Yards Per Play
4.36
34.08
Points Scored
14.67
3.75
First Quarter
3.75
11.58
Second Quarter
4.75
8.00
Third Quarter
3.92
8.42
Fourth Quarter
2.25
241.00
Passing Yards
143.33
33.67
Pass Attempts
25.42
20.83
Pass Completions
13.33
3.42
Sacks
3.17
18.75
Sack Yards
20.50
11.57
Yards Per Pass
10.75
186.58
Rushing Yards
106.67
38.67
Rush Attempts
36.67
4.83
Yards Per Rush
2.91
1.50
Interceptions
0.50
0.75
Fumbles
0.67
0.50
Fumbles Lost
0.50
2.00
Total Turnovers
1.00
7.75
Penalties
5.42
74.25
Penalty Yards
46.17
27:06
Time on Field
28:48
72.33
Number of Plays
62.08
6.17
Yards Per Play
4.36
4.92
Punts
6.00
42.99
Punt Average
38.44
68.92
Return Yards
82.75

Head To Head

UTAHST
Stat Type KENT
0-0
Record
0-0
0-0
ATS
0-0
0-0
O/U
0-0
0.00
Points Scored
0.00
-
Rush Yds
-
-
Pass Attempts
-
-
Completion %
-
0.00
Passing Yds
0.00
0
Total Yds
0
-
Turnovers
-
UTAHST
Stat Type KENT
0-0
Record
0-0
0-0
ATS
0-0
0-0
O/U
0-0
0.00
Points Scored
0.00
-
Rush Yds
-
-
Pass Attempts
-
-
Completion %
-
0.00
Passing Yds
0.00
0
Total Yds
0
-
Turnovers
-

Team Records

UTAHST
Record KENT
7-5
All
6-6
4-1
Home
4-1
2-3
Away
2-4
1-1
Neutral Site
0-1
7-5
ATS
8-4
3-2
ATS Home
3-2
3-2
ATS Away
4-2
1-1
ATS Neutral Site
1-0
5-7
O/U
6-6
2-3
O/U Home
3-2
1-4
O/U Away
2-4
2-0
O/U Neutral Site
1-0
UTAHST
Record KENT
6-2
All
5-3
3-1
Home
3-1
2-1
Away
2-1
1-0
Neutral Site
0-1
5-3
ATS
7-1
2-2
ATS Home
3-1
2-1
ATS Away
3-0
1-0
ATS Neutral Site
1-0
2-6
O/U
5-3
1-3
O/U Home
3-1
0-3
O/U Away
1-2
1-0
O/U Neutral Site
1-0
UTAHST
Record KENT
6-4
All
5-5
3-1
Home
3-1
2-2
Away
2-3
1-1
Neutral Site
0-1
5-5
ATS
7-3
2-2
ATS Home
3-1
2-2
ATS Away
3-2
1-1
ATS Neutral Site
1-0
3-7
O/U
6-4
1-3
O/U Home
3-1
0-4
O/U Away
2-3
2-0
O/U Neutral Site
1-0

Gametime Weather

6:30 pm EST Showers
4ºC / 39ºF
86% Humidity
30% Precipitation
79% Cloud Cover
Wind Impact Stadium Type N/A
Field Image
Arrow Image 4
mph

Injuries

Name Position Inj Desc
Levi WilliamsQBIs expected to start Saturday vs Georgia State, None
Cooper LegasQBIs doubtful Saturday vs Georgia State, Shoulder
Kyle Van LeeuwenWRIs out for season, Medical
Micah DavisWRIs OUT Saturday vs Georgia State, Foot
Name Position Inj Desc
Michael AlaimoQBIs "?", Undisclosed
Chrishon McCrayWRIs out for season, Lower Body

Last 10 Games

Date Opp Score SU Line/Total ATS OFF. RUSH OFF. PASS OFF. TOTAL DEF. RUSH DEF. PASS DEF. TOTAL TO
Nov 30, 2019NEWMEX38-25W-12/63.5W/U196172368276107383-3
Nov 23, 2019BOISE21-56L+4/54L/O1213074282971874842
Nov 16, 2019WYO26-21W-4.5/51.5W/U105317422158185343-2
Nov 9, 2019FRESNO37-35W+5/59W/O1373885251562634190
Nov 2, 2019BYU14-42L-3/52L/O1273945212214186392
Oct 26, 2019AIRFOR7-31L+3.5/60L/U1411412844824472-2
Oct 19, 2019NEVADA36-10W-22.5/59W/U2441744181132133260
Oct 5, 2019LSU6-42L+27.5/73L/U191401592483536011
Sep 28, 2019COLOST34-24W-24/69L/U240204444792172961
Sep 21, 2019SD.ST23-17W-4/53W/U8229337591281372-1
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Date Opp Score SU Line/Total ATS OFF. RUSH OFF. PASS OFF. TOTAL DEF. RUSH DEF. PASS DEF. TOTAL TO
Nov 29, 2019E.MICH34-26W+3.5/68.5W/U253197450123386509-1
Nov 23, 2019BALLST41-38W+3/67.5W/O266369635330208538-1
Nov 14, 2019BUFF30-27W+6/55W/O1191652842451343790
Nov 5, 2019TOLEDO33-35L+3.5/64W/O171257428289194483-1
Oct 26, 2019MI-OH16-23L-2.5/54.5L/U1272093362891784670
Oct 19, 2019OHIO38-45L+9/64W/O2142624762293425711
Oct 12, 2019AKRON26-3W-14.5/57W/U23314938295202297-1
Oct 5, 2019WISCSN0-48L+35/58.5L/U60641243481725200
Sep 21, 2019BGREEN62-20W-12/62W/O375375750154206360-2
Sep 14, 2019AUBRN16-55L+36/54L/O922293214671666330
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