Alabama – Kent State Football Pick

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Kent State

vs.

Alabama

College Football Pick

9/24/16

Alabama just took down a team they had lost to in the previous two meetings. Will there be a drop off for the Crimson Tide with a weak Kent State team on the Schedule? That’s the question most bettors will be asking themselves when looking at this Game.

The Golden Flashes are not a good team — far from it. They finished with three wins last year and look headed for that total once again. Highlighting their current 1-2 record is a loss to North Carolina A&T. That may be all that needs to be said about this team with that lone win coming against Monmouth. But given that information, how excited will the Tide be for this Game?

We’ve seen plenty of times through the years that they’ve disappointed coming off big wins and this could be the case again, especially with such a high spread. But will motivation even be a factor here?

The Crimson Tide have cruised right through some of the best football schools in the country in their first few Games. They fell behind by 21 points against Ole Miss last weekend, but still were able to run for 334 yards on the ground as a team with three touchdowns. Their offensive line is arguably the best in the nation and the Golden Flashes are scared. They gave up 167 rushing yards against FCS school NC A&T.

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‘Bama quarterback Jalen Hurts probably doesn’t have to attempt a pass in this Game for them to win. But looking at the Tide’s last Game following a big win, they barely covered against Western Kentucky in the second weekend and Nick Saban was not pleased with how things went. The rushing attack, which was supposed to run though the Hilltoppers with ease, managed just 3.2 yards per carry as a team. It was mostly due to a lackadaisical team effort.

Is it possible that that could happen again against Kent State? Maybe, but at least on the other side of the field, the Flashes are going to have some issues scoring. The Tide had trouble stopping Ole Miss last weekend, but that’s kind of a yearly occurrence for them. OUtside of the Rebels, Alabama’s defense dominates most opponents, especially lower level ones in non-Conference play. against a high-flying WKU team, they only gave up 10 points a week after allowing just six to USC.

In Kent State’s first Game against an FBS school (Penn State), they didn’t do much with their only touchdown coming via a fumble return. Neither Mylik Mitchell nor Justin Agner could do anything at quarterback and it’s extremely hard to see them being able to run on ‘Bama.

Given that information, it’ll come down to the Tide being able to pile on the points. We know that it’s going to be extremely difficult for the Flashes to reach double-digits, so what will Jalen Hurts and the Alabama offense do? Will they take their foot off the pedal after a big Ole Miss win, or keep bringing the pain and rush for 300-plus yards on the ground?

This score is whatever Alabama wants it to be. The current total is 50, and obviously, Alabama can get there by itself. We’ll go OVER 50