Kent State-Bowling Green Preview Capsule

The Associated Press Published:

No. 25 Kent State (9-1, 6-0 Mid-American) at Bowling Green (7-3, 5-1), noon.

Line: Bowling Green by 2½.

Series Record: Bowling Green leads 55-18-6.

WHAT'S AT STAKE

Kent State can secure a spot in its first Mid-American Conference title game and set a school record for most wins in a season. But a Bowling Green victory would give the Falcons a clear path to the MAC East Division title and the league championship game in Detroit.

KEY MATCHUP

Kent State RBs Trayion Durham and Dri Archer vs. Bowling Green's defensive front seven. Durham is a 250-pound bruiser while Archer has the speed to break away for long gains. Both have both topped 1,000-yards this season. On the other side, Bowling Green DT Chris Jones leads the nation in quarterback sacks (11.5 )and is second in tackles for loss (17), anchoring a defense that gives up 104 rushing yards per game. The Falcons allow 15 points per game, ninth best in the country.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Kent State: QB Spencer Keith. The senior just needs enough consistency to stop Bowling Green from stacking the line against the run. Keith has averaged 141 yards passing per game, but had stayed away from turnovers until last week when he threw two interceptions against Miami.

Bowling Green: RB Anthon Samuel. The Falcons will look to keep the ball away from Kent State's high-scoring offense by putting the load on Samuel, the conference's freshman of the year. Samuel ran for a career-high 181 yards and two scores against Ohio just over a week ago.

FACTS & FIGURES:

Kent State's season already has been historic. The eight-game winning streak is the longest in school history, and this is its first winning season since 2001. ... The Golden Flashes' have won their last 10 Mid-American Conference games, a streak that began last year against Bowling Green. ... The Falcons have won six in a row. ... Bowling Green QB Matt Schilz junior has started 33 games. ... Kent State's Archer and Durham rank among the nation's top 25 rushing leaders. Archer also averages an impressive 40 yards on kick returns.