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Kent State at Ohio: What bettors need to know

Kent State Golden Flashes at Ohio Bobcats (-5.5, 49)

Having failed spectacularly in a spoiler role, the Ohio Bobcats will have to settle for a shot at third place in the Mid-American Conference's East Division as they entertain the Kent State Golden Flashes on Tuesday night. The Bobcats tangled with division co-leaders Buffalo and Bowling Green in consecutive weeks, and were promptly routed by a combined score of 79-3. Kent State halted a five-game losing skid last time out with a 24-6 triumph over Miami (Ohio).

Tuesday's game pits new blood against old guard as Ohio senior quarterback Tyler Tettleton duels Kent State freshman signal-caller Colin Reardon. Tettleton was limited to 93 passing yards and an interception in last week's 49-0 drubbing at the hands of the Falcons, while threw for 147 yards and ran for 30 and a score in the victory over the RedHawks. Kent State can finish no higher than fifth in the division, while the Bobcats will secure third place with a victory.

TV: 8 p.m. ET, ESPN2
ODDS: Ohio is listed as a 5.5-point favorite, with the total set at 49.
WEATHER: Temperatures will approach the freezing mark under clear skies.

ABOUT KENT STATE (3-8, 2-5 MAC): Reardon will conclude what has been an up-and-down season Tuesday, having thrown for 1,744 yards with 11 TDs and nine interceptions - five of which came in losses to Buffalo and Akron that preceded the win over Miami (Ohio). He has thrown just one touchdown pass in the last three games. Trayion Durham posted his second 100-yard rushing game of the season last time out, while scoring for the third consecutive game.

ABOUT OHIO (6-4, 3-3): Tettleton's final collegiate season has been trending in the wrong direction for several weeks now. He threw for 681 combined yards and seven scores in wins over Eastern Michigan and Miami (Ohio), but followed that up with 219 combined yards and zero scores in the losses to the Bulls and Falcons. Beau Blankenship leads the team with 644 rushing yards, but Ryan Boykin has more touchdowns on the ground (six).

TRENDS

* Golden Flashes are 8-3-1 ATS in their last 12 games following a SU win.
* Bobcats are 2-8 ATS in their previous 10 home games vs. teams with losing road records.
* Under is 5-1 in Kent State's last six conference games.
* Road team is 10-3 ATS in the last 13 meetings.

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