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First Glance: Kent State Golden Flashes

MACtion is coming to Kyle Field.

NCAA FOOTBALL: SEP 05 Kent State at Illinois Photo by Keith Gillett/Icon Sportswire/Corbis/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

What You Need to Know:

Betting Lines:

  • Texas A&M opens as a 29.5 point home favorite.

Historical Notes:

  • This is the first-ever matchup between the two schools. History in the making, friends!
  • The history of Kent State’s Golden Flash mascot is long and varied, as these things go. This one up here at the top of this page is a golden eagle.
  • Famous Kent State Golden Flashes include Michael Keaton, James Harrison, Tom Batiuk and some guy named Nick Saban. Leave others I missed in the comments.

What To Watch For:

  • Patriotism. In remembrance of the 20th anniversary of the 9-11 attacks, Texas A&M will re-create the 2001 Red, White & Blue game, with lower level fans in blue, second level fans in white, and upper level fans in red. You can find out more here.
  • Dustin Crum- QB. The Kent State signal-caller is also the MAC Preseason Offensive Player of the Year. He finished 2019 on fire and didn’t slouch during an extremely abbreviated 2020 season. This is a real MACtion offense that will have our defense rotating heavily.
  • Fundamentals - Texas A&M will be breaking in four new offensive line starters. It will be interesting to see how early and often Haynes King may need to scramble.

Media Bltz:

  • Venue: Kyle Field
  • Game Time: 7 p.m. Saturday, September 4
  • Station: ESPNU


  • HOT. Mostly sunny, high of 96. Less than 10% chance of rain. Drink a lot of water, everybody.