The Buffalo Bulls (2-5) are touchdown favorites when they visit the Kent State Golden Flashes (1-6) in conference action on Saturday, October 21, 2023 at Dix Stadium. An over/under of 43 is set in the contest.
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Bulls vs. Golden Flashes Game Info
- Date: Saturday, October 21, 2023
- Time: 3:30 PM ET
- Channel: ESPN+
- Livestream: Stream NCAA football on Fubo and ESPN+
- City: Kent, Ohio
- Venue: Dix Stadium
- With 323 yards of total offense per game (20th-worst) and 422.4 yards allowed per game on defense (22nd-worst), the Bulls have been playing poorly on both sides of the ball this year.
- Despite having a bottom-25 scoring defense that ranks 20th-worst in the FBS (32.1 points allowed per game), the Bulls have put up better results on the other side of the ball, ranking 86th in the FBS by totaling 26.1 points per game.
- Buffalo is totaling 196.4 passing yards per game offensively this season (104th in the FBS), and is surrendering 226.3 passing yards per game (70th) on the other side of the ball.
- With 196.1 rushing yards allowed per game on defense, which ranks 13th-worst in the FBS, the Bulls have been forced to ask their 101st-ranked running game (126.6 rushing yards per contest) to keep them competitive.
- Buffalo has been a bottom-25 offense on third down this season, ranking 11th-worst with a 30.8% third-down percentage. On the defensive side of the ball, the Bulls rank 53rd in the FBS (36.2% third-down percentage allowed).
- With 12 forced turnovers (20th in the FBS) against 10 turnovers committed (74th in the FBS), the Bulls (+2) have the 36th-ranked turnover margin in college football.
Golden Flashes Insights
- Kent State has not been getting things done on offense, ranking third-worst with 273.6 total yards per game. It has been better defensively, allowing 381.9 total yards per contest (79th-ranked).
- Kent State has lots of room to get better, as it ranks second-worst in points per game (13.4) this season and 16th-worst in points surrendered per game (34.3).
- The Golden Flashes’ passing offense has been bottom-25 this season, registering 151.7 passing yards per game, which ranks 10th-worst in the FBS. On defense, they rank 56th with 217.7 passing yards allowed per contest.
- From an offensive perspective, Kent State is accumulating 121.9 rushing yards per game (105th-ranked). It ranks 100th in the FBS defensively (164.1 rushing yards given up per game).
- The Golden Flashes have been outplayed on both offense and defense on third down this season, ranking 10th-worst in third-down conversion percentage (30.7%) and sixth-worst in third-down rate allowed (50%).
- Kent State has registered six forced turnovers (109th in the FBS) and committed seven turnovers (35th in the FBS) this season for a -1 turnover margin that ranks 76th in the FBS.
- Cole Snyder has 1,337 passing yards through seven games this year, averaging 191 per game with a 59.1% completion percentage and 11 touchdowns against six interceptions.
- In addition to his passing statistics, Snyder also has 37 rushing yards (fifth on the Bulls), with one rushing touchdown.
- Ron Cook Jr.’s rushing output this season includes 330 yards and four TDs. He’s averaging 47.1 yards per game and 4.1 per attempt (190th in the FBS).
- Cook’s 24 targets in the passing game have resulted in 19 catches (2.7 per game) for 154 yards (22 per game) and one touchdown.
- In the passing attack, Marlyn Johnson, has racked up 234 receiving yards and four touchdowns after hauling in 24 balls on 35 targets. Per game, he’s averaging 33.4 yards and 3.4 receptions over seven games.
Golden Flashes Leaders
- Chrishon McCray has put up 397 receiving yards and two touchdowns on 30 receptions, while being targeted 54 times this season.
- Gavin Garcia has 374 rushing yards (leading the Golden Flashes) and two rushing touchdowns, while averaging 53.4 yards per game and 3.9 per attempt (210th in the FBS).
- Michael Alaimo has passed for 881 yards this year, two touchdowns and four interceptions. He is completing 55.4% of his attempts while averaging 125.9 yards per game and 6.8 per attempt.