The Kent State Golden Flashes will require supernatural ability when facing the No. 8 LSU Tigers in Death Valley on Saturday night. After their dominating 56-17 win last weekend, LSU has won 42 straight non-conference games. While it may seem like an uphill battle, the Golden Flashes are hoping to do the impossible and knock off the bully on the block.
Kent State might be without star running back Dri Archer against the Tigers. Archer injured his ankle in the first game of the season and did not play in the Golden Flashes’ loss last week to the Bowling Green Falcons. His status is uncertain for this ball game in Death Valley. The Falcons held the Golden Flashes to 302 yards of total offense and will need to use a ball control attack in order to keep the pressure of off their freshman quarterback Colin Reardon. Reardon has played within the offensive system so far this season, completing 64.3 percent of his passes with four touchdowns and no interceptions. The Golden Flashes will need to control the tempo against a very physical Tigers defensive line led by defensive tackle Anthony Johnson and Ego Ferguson. Both players are very big and will look to attack an undersized offensive line for Kent State. Kent State will need their speedy group of receivers to make plays against the Tigers’ secondary. Junior Chris Humphrey leads the team with 172 receiving yards and two touchdowns.
The Golden Flashes will be facing an LSU offense that has exploded over the first two games of the season. LSU has averaged 46.5 points per game in 2013 and has utilized more offensive weapons under new offensive coordinator Cam Cameron in their new wide open style of play. LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger has completed 62.7 percent of his passes and has thrown for six touchdowns and no interceptions. LSU has very good wide receivers in Jarvis Landry, Kadron Boone, and Odell Beckham. They are able to stretch the field and open up the running game led by their big offensive line. The Golden Flashes will need to take chances by blitzing and disguising coverage in order to create different looks for Mettenberger and the LSU offense. In two games this season, the Golden Flashes have surrendered an average of 273 passing yards per game.
Kent State will need to pull out all of the stops when the sun sets in Baton Rouge on Saturday night. Game time is set for 7:00 pm as the Tigers look to add Kent State to their NCAA record.