For the Kent State Golden Flashes, Saturday has the potential to be historic or historically painful as they travel to take on the Clemson Tigers in the opener for both teams. Clemson is fresh off their dethroning of Alabama in the College Football Playoff and for Tigers fans this is the first step to back-to-back titles for the ACC power. Kent State, on the other hand, is not even picked to contend for their division. So “underdog might not even be descriptive enough.
Best case scenario, Kent State uses a noon game with significant national eyeballs because of their opponent as a chance to get some traction for their program. They can play loose and have zero expectations since no one outside of their locker room gives the Flashes much of a chance. Vegas thinks it will be a snoozer, installing Clemson as 40-point favorites. It’s worth noting my grandpa always said, “Those big old buildings out in Las Vegas didn’t get built because the oddsmakers were wrong.” So that’s something to note.
But as we’ve been celebrating Appalachian State’s historic upset of Michigan a decade ago all week, allow yourself for just a moment to imagine what it would be like if the Flashes shocked the world. That’s the kind of way to start your Saturday.
Your pertinent information...
Kickoff time: 12:00PM
Stream: WatchESPN app, pending cable provider
Weather: Mostly sunny, 74°
Line: Clemson -40