MAC Football conference season season officially begins today with a MAC East matchup between Ohio and Kent State. Both programs are coming off of disappointing 2013 campaigns and looking to replace some of the best players in their respective histories.
Ohio flattered at the end of the year, again, this past fall, ending the 7-6 after a disastrous tailspin in the final five games that included a 44-13 loss to Kent State. Gone now are the 'Cats best quarterback ever, along with two starting running backs, two starting receivers, a few offensive line starters, and a multi-year starter at tight end.Now it's Derrius Vick and Daz'mond Patterson's turn to run the offense, while the defense returns eight starters.
Meanwhile, Kent State, ravaged by an injury to All-American Dri Archer last fall, slipped to 4-8 one year removed from an 11-3 season that saw them win the East. Freshman quarterback Colin Reardon has some learning bumps to overcome, and without Archer, Trayion Durham struggled to move the chains for the Flashes. Archer, along with Roosevelt Nix, Luke Wollet and Darius Polk are all gone now, and year two under Paul Haynes could be another long season.
Ohio leads this all-time series 39-25-2, but has lost two straight to Kent State.
WHEN: Saturday, Aug. 30, at 6 p.m.
WHERE: Dix Stadium in Kent, Ohio.
STREAMING: This game is not on TV, but is going to be streamed live via ESPN3 and WatchESPN. A valid cable subscription is required.
RADIO: Bobcat fans can listen to the game on WXTQ 96.5 FM, or online at OhioBobcats.com. Flashes fans can listen to the game on WHLO 640 AM, or online on KentStateSports.com.