Bowl Picks: Kent State vs. Arkansas State Predictions 1/6

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The Bowl is one of the great games of the season on the 2013 bowl schedule, and today, we are making our Kent State vs. Arkansas State picks and predictions and trying to beat the Bowl odds here at Cappers Info. Bowl Picks: Kent State Golden Flashes vs. Arkansas State Red Wolves
Date: Sunday, January 6th, 9:00 ET
Location: Ladd Peebles Stadium, Mobile, AL Bowl Betting Odds: Arkansas State -3.5
Kent State vs. Arkansas State Live TV Coverage: ESPN

It seems a little odd that Kent State, an 11-2 team, is an underdog against an Arkansas State team that has lost its head coach, Gus Malzahn, and isn’t necessarily as good as it was last year when it lost to the Northern Illinois Huskies in this very same bowl game. In fact, we’re absolutely not buying it, and we want the points on our side when push comes to shove with a team that we think is tremendously underrated.

The MAC really hasn’t represented itself all that well here in the second season, knowing that it was blown away in the Idaho Potato Bowl, the Beef O’Brady’s Bowl, the Military Bowl, and most importantly, the Orange Bowl, and the only games that it won were both against Sun Belt teams. That being said, remember that the Sun Belt hasn’t exactly done all that well either, most notably in those two games against the Ohio Bobcats and the Central Michigan Chippewas, who were arguably the last two teams to make it into the bowl season this year.

In the end, we’re wondering whether an Arkansas State defense that was suspect at times this year is going to be able to stop this potent rushing attack that Kent State brings to the table. RB Trayion Durham and RB Dri Archer combined for 2,600 rushing yards and 29 TDs this year, and Archer was also the leading receiver on the team with 35 catches, 539 yards, and four scores. QB Ryan Aplin has been great for the Red Wolves over the course of the last few years, and it would be fitting for him to be able to lead the team to a bowl victory. However, this has been a truly magical year for the Golden Flashes, and the only way that they can end this one is with their very first ever bowl win. Don’t be surprised if they get it at the expenses of Arky State.

Kent State vs. Arkansas State Pick: Kent State Golden Flashes +3.5 Bowl Score Prediction: Kent State 30 – Arkansas State 20

Lou Palumbo is the founder and part owner of the Sports Handicapping Community. He's been writing and posting free picks and sports handicapping strategies on the Cappersinfo forums and website for 15 years now. He enjoys handicapping just as much as he did from the very first day he built the original Cappersinfo website.

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