2012 Kent State Golden Flashes Football Preview
2011 Record: 5-7 (4-4 Mid-American)
Head Coach: Darrell Hazell, second season (5-7 all at Kent State)
Projected Returning Starters: 15
Spring Game: April 21st
Notes: Coach Hazell’s first season should largely be considered a success. After starting the season 1-6, with the lone win over then-FCS South Alabama, the Golden Flashes had a bye week, and won four of their last five games. Kent State averaged 10.7 points per game in their first seven games, but averaged 26 points per game in their last five games. Further evidence of the discrepancy in first and second halves? Look at the opponents. Setting aside the Kent State result, the first seven opponents averaged 8 wins, while the last five opponents averaged 4.6 wins.
BVTSB Take: Kent State finished third in the MAC East Division, with a 2-3 mark against their fellow divisional opponents. Imagine if Kent State would have played Buffalo rather than Temple or Ohio University – the Golden Flashes could have been bowl eligible for the first time since 2006 – Kent State hasn’t been to a bowl game since the 1972 Tangerine Bowl. Quarterback Spencer Keith returns this season – he needs to cut down on the interceptions. Trayion Durham is back at running back for the Golden Flashes, but Kent State will need to replace two of their top three wide receivers – Chris Gilbert and Sam Kirkland. The non-conference schedule is more manageable this season, with games against Towson, Kentucky, Army, and Rutgers. Unlike last season, Kent State’s schedule is very manageable early on. Could Kent State be in a bowl game this season?
2012 Early Projection: 5-7
To see the 2012 MAC composite schedule, click here.
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