|1||Aug. 29 (Th)||@ Arizona State|
|2||Sept. 7||vs. Kennesaw State|
|3||Sept. 14||@ Auburn|
|4||Sept. 21||vs. BGSU|
|6||Oct. 5||@ Wisconsin|
|7||Oct. 12||@ Akron|
|8||Oct. 19||@ Ohio|
|9||Oct. 26||vs. Miami|
|11||Nov. 5 (Tues)||@ Toledo||ESPN2/ESPNU/CBSSN|
|12||Nov. 14 (Th)||vs. Buffalo||CBSSN|
|13||Nov. 23||vs. Ball State|
|14||Nov. 29 (Fri)||@ EMU|
Bill Connelly’s info on the Golden Flashes
Projected S&P+ rank: 111
Avg. 5-year rank: 123
Returning production rank overall/offense/defense (%): 8/6/34 (79%/86%/73%)
4-year recruiting rank (2019 rank): 105 (101)
This season’s schedule for Kent State includes five home games (four on Saturdays), a home rivalry game against Bowling Green (Anniversary Award) and one away rivalry game against Akron (Wagon Wheel). The Flashes will also have two mid-week MACtion games: at Toledo and home against Buffalo.
While Kent State’s playing more exciting football under Sean Lewis, this year’s schedule still looks pretty difficult for a team that hasn’t had a winning season since 2012. Ohio’s going to be a really hard road game, Toledo’s going to be a really hard road game, and EMU to end the year is going to be a really hard road game.
The Akron game is an obvious one to circle on the calendar, but the Miami game could be really crucial for the Flashes. Since 2010, this series has had six one-score games, and the results have gone back-and-forth since 2013. If Kent State can pull off a couple of early divisional wins (namely against BG and Akron), and this year is actually Kent State’s turn to win against Miami again, then November could be all about this team fighting for a spot in a bowl game.