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Assessing the Enemy: Kent State Golden Flashes

For the first time since 2007, the Kent State Golden Flashes will travel to Lexington to face our beloved Kentucky Wildcats in Commonwealth Stadium. The Flashes (1-0) are coming off a sound victory against Towson University last Thursday night, and are looking to keep momentum going against Kentucky. With Kentucky coming off such a disappointing loss to in-state rival, Louisville, and Kent State having so much time to prepare for the Wildcats, there is a bit of apprehension going into the game. History says the Flashes won’t be much of a problem, though. Kent State hasn’t notched a victory against the Wildcats in their six previous meetings.

Why the game will be a blowout: The Wildcats are angry at themselves after last week’s performance against the Cardinals. Kentucky’s offense couldn’t hold on to the football in critical situations, and their defense couldn’t stop the run or defend the pass. Rick Minter and his troops have gotten back to basics in practice this week, and are ready to prove they aren’t going to be a complete liability throughout the season. QB Maxwell Smith is a different player from last year. He looks as if he’s more comfortable in the pocket and more of a leader to his teammates. After facing a pretty decent Louisville defense, Smith should be able to stuff the stat sheet against the Flashes. He showed in last week’s game that he has more of a grasp of the offense, and that should allow OC Randy Sanders to open up the playbook a little more this week.

Why the game will be close: Kent State’s defense forced six turnovers last week against Towson, and have been the strength of the team since head coach Darrell Hazell’s tenure began. If they are able to limit the Wildcats’ offense, and force them into turnovers, it could be a closer game than expected. The Flashes also have a pretty good one-two punch at tailback in Dri Archer and Trayion Durham. They combined for over 100 yards last week against Towson, and look to continue their success against a Kentucky’s defense that had tons of trouble limiting the run game against Louisville. If Kent State is able to run the ball effectively, control the clock, and keep Max Smith off the field, they could have a chance to sneak a victory.

Prediction: Kentucky is eager to prove they are a better football team than they showed last week. I think their match-up with MAC member, Kent State, is the perfect remedy to get back to feeling better about themselves. Smith has a great day, Kentucky’s running backs show deep they are after CoShik Williams, and the defense only allows one touchdown. Kentucky 34, Kent State 10.

Article written by Rashawn Franklin

18 Comments for Assessing the Enemy: Kent State Golden Flashes

  1. Bobysueflay
    5:04 pm September 7, 2012 Permalink

    It’s kent state. How can anyone get excited for this game

  2. confused spectator
    5:11 pm September 7, 2012 Permalink

    what’s the deal with all of these bird mascots with teeth?

  3. Msdbba2012
    5:16 pm September 7, 2012 Permalink

    Haha. If we win by more than a field goal I’ll be surprised.

  4. coldspringmike
    5:17 pm September 7, 2012 Permalink

    Back to basics. Good idea to use Sept.

  5. Scott in Tally
    5:19 pm September 7, 2012 Permalink

    34-10, your being a bit generous there. 10-7 more like it, and that is being generous. UK could easily loose this one.

  6. RIP Mel Turpin
    5:24 pm September 7, 2012 Permalink

    Oh come on fans, the offense looked very good (except for fumbles) last week! Give them some credit. @Scott in Tally – you must be kidding. 10-7 really?!

    I’ve got $100 that Max and boys put up over 40 points. That said, our D probably gives up over 20.

    To any UK players reading this: We the fans are behind you all the way, win or lose. Don’t listen to the whiners that say they have given up on this team. They are few. Most of us are loyal to you no matter what. Keep you chin up and give it all you can. You are our team today, tomorrow, forever. #BBN

  7. Yngvie Maumsteen.
    5:27 pm September 7, 2012 Permalink

    KSU 29 UK 27 We suck at FB

  8. john4uk
    5:28 pm September 7, 2012 Permalink

    That 34-10 prediction is really optomistic.I hope it’e accurate,but i have little faith in Minter and his defense.Anyway,Go Cats!

  9. Reality
    5:50 pm September 7, 2012 Permalink

    6). A MESSAGE MUST BE SENT TO MITCH AND CO. WE ARE FED UP!!! Boys, you try hard and sorry you were misled into thinking UK Admin supports the football program. . . THEY DO NOT!! UK is now the “pay the lady CUPCAKE WIN” on every SEC ( AND LOUISVILLE’s) schedule! BOYCOTT THESE GAMES!!! EMPTY SEATS SCREAMS NEED FOR A CHANGE!!!! I’m DONE!!!

  10. SCCat
    6:14 pm September 7, 2012 Permalink

    CATS 44, Flashes 3. Go Big Blue.

    In related ass whipping news, does anyone have any extra Duke game tickets for Nov. 13th laying around? i’m in the market and will pay handsomely. give me your email if you’re selling.

  11. mashburnfan1
    6:28 pm September 7, 2012 Permalink

    our offense looked good throwing short passes while lville sat back and let us. they took their starting qb out in 3rd quarter so they were not worried about our offense. I do think we have very good wr but no Oline and I am undecided at qb right now. RB looks good when healthy. Defense sucks.

  12. thenamerobdigity
    6:33 pm September 7, 2012 Permalink

    I hope it is 34-10, but the line is only at -7 for the cats

  13. tim clark
    6:37 pm September 7, 2012 Permalink

    for the teams sake i hope they win, for the univeristy of kentucky sake please fire joker

  14. wu tang slang
    8:13 pm September 7, 2012 Permalink

    ‘Cats 17-14. In OT.

  15. Matt in Franklin
    10:28 pm September 7, 2012 Permalink

    @ #6…HELL YES! @ UK Defense…step up n kick some ass!!!

  16. Vegas
    10:35 pm September 7, 2012 Permalink

    “it could be a closer game than expected.” —Are you on drugs? Vegas thinks it’s a 7pt game. Keep in mind they give 3-4 pts just for home field. 34 – 10 is laughable and I will take that line all day.

    Can we please get someone on the blog that understands football and analysis and doesn’t just talk about what they hope happens?

  17. carnifex
    11:20 pm September 7, 2012 Permalink

    This team, with Mushmouth at the helm, couldn’t blow out the candles on their ice cream cake they got for participating in the Governors Cup. After three or for tries, Barney came in and wanted to know why the team didn’t just microwave the candles. That UK is a seven point favorite to win, at home, to Kent is pathetic. That Barney, and some of the fanbase accept this, is worse than that.

    When does Florida vs. ATM play? That ought to be fun. Lord knows UK won’t be.

  18. Steve Back
    12:00 pm September 8, 2012 Permalink

    Golden Flash -17
    Yew Kay -14

    Sunday Morning Matt Jones Suck Up:
    “I saw a lot of improvement! Choker is righting the ship! UK scored 14 points!!Kent State MUST be better than Louisville! Next up, WKU who is good enough to be in the $EC!! Later…I have a date with my Mama!!”