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J.T. Barrett Ohio StateThe No. 22 Ohio State Buckeyes are 1-1 after losing at home to the No. 17 Virginia Tech Hokies 35-21 and will host the Kent State Golden Flashes who are 0-2 after a 23-13 loss to the South Alabama Jaguars last week.

Kent State is averaging 286 yards and 13.5 points on an offense that is struggling to find its way in this young season. Sophomore quarterback Colin Reardon has thrown for 477 yards and four touchdowns on 47-of-81 passing which comes to a meager 5.9 yards per pass. As senior running back Anthony Meray continues to battle injuries sophomore Nick Holley is getting the bulk of the carries but averaging only 2.8 yards per rush. Couple that with a defense that is allowing 392 yards and 20 points a game and you have a recipe for losses. Sophomore free safety Nate Holley leads the team with 27 tackles as teams are consistently getting to the second-level of the defense.

Ohio State, with the loss of quarterback Braxton Miller, has struggled for punch on offense averaging 373.5 yards and 27 points per game. Freshman J.T. Barrett has thrown for 445 yards but also four interceptions against three touchdowns. Barrett also leads the team in rushing with 120 yards and a touchdown but must improve in the passing game. Sophomore receiver Michael Thomas has been his go-to guy so far with nine catches for 137 yards and a score. The Buckeyes’ defense is allowing 355 yards and 26 points per game and is getting gashed in the running game as they’ve allowed 491 yards at a 4.8 yards per carry clip. Junior defensive back Joshua Perry and senior linebacker Curtis Grant each have 20 tackles as too many ball-carriers are getting to the second-level of the Ohio State defense.

Keys for Kent State Win

Kent State has got to be more productive in the run game led by Holley while Reardon must become a more efficient passer. The defense has got to win the battle at the line of scrimmage.

Keys For Ohio State Win

Barrett has to mature quickly and take care of the football and stop turning it over. The defensive line must take control of the game and shut down the run game.

Key Injuries :

Kent State – Calvin Tiggle (DB); Devante Strickland (LB); Anthony Pruitt (DL); Trayion Durham (RB)

Ohio State – Noah Spence (DE); Jeff Heuerman (TE); Joshua Perry (LB); Marcus Baugh (TE); Tracy Sprinkle (DL); Trey Johnson (LB); Marshon Lattimore (DB); Braxton Miller (QB); Dylan Thompson (DL); Frank Epitropoulos (WR); Kyle Berger (LB)

Favorite:

Latest Line, Ohio State -31.5

Conclusion:

Ohio State seeks a rebound game to get back in the win column and get Barrett more experience under center against a Kent State team that is still trying to get the gears working together.

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