Understandably lost in the commotion of Northern Illinois cornering the FCOJ market: Kent State is officially playing in their first bowl game since 1972. It's a bittersweet moment but January 6 is their date with Sun Belt champion Arkansas State. Barring a sudden move to another school, which is possible, Darrell Hazell will be rewarded with leading this team in a very special moment in Mobile, Alabama.
The Red Wolves are no stranger to the Domain Name Invitational. They lost to NIU in this game last year 38-20 and have a terrific offense, mostly on the heels of their passing game, something KSU has been suspect stopping from a yardage perspective. Since both teams score about 35 a game and give up 25, this one's a very even matchup.