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Kent State Golden Flashes vs. Illinois Fighting Illini Betting Odds & Picks

Posted by: Anthony Yaylor
Kent State Golden Flashes vs. Illinois Fighting Illini

The 2018 NCAA sports betting season is underway. Naturally, this weekend is chock full of great sports betting opportunities. One matchup worth pondering over is this Saturday’s Kent State Golden Flashes vs. Illinois Fighting Illini pairing. What kind of turnout are NCAA sportsbooks predicting?

Kent State Golden Flashes vs. Illinois Fighting Illini – Sat., Sep. 1st

When: 12:00 pm ET

Where: Memorial Stadium Champaign, Champaign, Illinois

TV: BTN

Stream: NBC Extra, NFL Game Pass

NCAA Sports Betting Odds:

Team SP/RL TOTAL ML
Kent State +16½ (-110) 55½ (-110)   +575
Illinois -16½ (-110) 55½ (-110) -850
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Kent State Golden Flashes

The Golden Flashes are coming off a 2-10 season that saw the program finish dead last in the East Division of the Mid-American Conference. Kent State found themselves in that humbling position thanks to the pitiful 1-7 record they posted in MAC play. Naturally, Kent State did not get any invitations to any Bowl Games. Seeing as how Kent State closed out the season on a 5-game losing streak, it’s safe to say that they would not have put forth that entertaining of a performance. Over the last four seasons, Kent State has been unable to scrap together more than 3 wins in a single season. Subsequently, the program is giving new hire Sean Lewis a shot. Lewis is the youngest coach in the nation and will be looking to prove his NCAA sports betting prowess from the get go.

Players to Watch: George Bollas (1,133 passing yards, 4 TD, 12 INT), Justin Rankin (490 rushing yards, 3 TD, 4.0 AVG), and Trey Harrell (324 receiving yards, 1 TD, 17 REC).

Illinois Fighting Illini

The Fighting Illini fought their way to a 2-10 record last season to finish dead last in the West Division of the Big Ten. After posting an 0-9 record in conference play, Illinois could not have expected much else. Accounting for their record, the Illini didn’t have a chance to fight in a bowl game or in a conference championship. Despite the fact that he’s only won 5 games in the last two seasons, Illinois is sticking with Lovie Smith as their head coach. Smith is a former NFL head coach but is having a hard time finding success at the collegiate level. Granted, his last two seasons in the NFL weren’t that great either.

Players to Watch: Chayce Crouch (443 passing yards, 1 TD, 4 INT), Mike Epstein (346 rushing yards, 3 TD, 6.1 AVG), and Ricky Smalling (510 receiving yards, 2 TD, 31 REC).

Kent State Golden Flashes vs. Illinois Fighting Illini Betting

Trends

  • The TOTAL has gone UNDER in 15 of Kent State’s last 22 games on the road
  • Kent State is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
  • Kent State is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
  • The TOTAL has gone UNDER in 6 of Illinois’s last 8 games at home
  • Illinois is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games at home
  • Illinois is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games at home
Kent State Golden Flashes vs. Illinois Fighting Illini Betting Picks

So which way should mobile betting players lean in this 2018 NFL opening day matchup? All things considered, it’s probably better to take the home team here. The Golden Flashes might have more pieces in place but it’s too early in the season for that to make too much of a difference. Sign up today to make your online betting prediction!

Score Prediction: 21-7 Illinois.   

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