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Kent State Golden Flashes vs. Georgia Bulldogs Pick & Prediction SEPTEMBER 24th 2022

NCAAF | FOOTBALL
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Logo Kent State Golden Flashes
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Logo Georgia Bulldogs
58.5
OPENNER
-41.5

59o -105
CURRENT
-45 -110

+2500
MONEYLINE
-10000

22
SCORE
39

There has been no discernable drop off for the Georgia Bulldogs from their full sprint to the national title last season.

The top-ranked Bulldogs (3-0) have outscored their first three opponents by a combined 130-10 and were the last Football Bowl Subdivision team to allow a touchdown when South Carolina punched it in Saturday to avoid a 48-zilch shutout.

Georgia will look to continue its roll when it hosts Kent State (1-2) on Saturday afternoon in Athens, Ga.

The teams have met only once, a 56-3 Georgia win in Athens in September 1998.

Kent State picked up its first win of the season last week with a 63-10 victory against Long Island University. The Golden Flashes already have faced two Power 5 conference opponents, losing at Washington and at Oklahoma in consecutive weeks prior to that victory.

Kent State coach Sean Lewis knows his team is facing a monumental obstacle against the best defense in the nation.

"I don't think it's an exaggeration to say it's the greatest collection of talent that's ever been assembled on a football team because of the work (Georgia) coach (Kirby) Smart and his staff and the tireless, relentless effort they put into building the program to an elite, elite level, right?" Lewis said Monday.

The Bulldogs have shut out four of their past 14 opponents and nearly blanked South Carolina last week in their Southeastern Conference opener. Georgia gave up its only score in a 48-7 rout with 53 seconds left in the game. It was the first touchdown allowed by the Bulldogs in their past five regular-season games.

Despite losing the No. 1 overall pick among 15 players drafted by the NFL from the 2021 roster, Georgia has the nation's top scoring defense, allowing 3.3 points per game. The Bulldogs also are ranked 13th in total defense, giving up 249 yards per game.

"If you are on the field, you are a starter," Georgia linebacker Nolan Smith said. "That's our body of work. That's our entire defense."

Georgia's offense is no slouch either.

Led by quarterback Stetson Bennett, the Bulldogs have scored 43.3 points per game over their first three games, and have the third-ranked passing offense (376.7 passing yards per game) among FBS teams.

"When you play a team that has 67 scholarship athletes that were four or five-star (recruits) out of their 85 scholarship athletes, there's no looking forward," Lewis said. "We get 12 of these a year and we look forward to each and every one of these. We ain't looking past this one. We're going down there and looking to compete and looking to win and we'll handle our business this week in order to give ourselves a chance."

Smart was very complimentary of Benett's counterpart in this matchup. Kent State starter Collin Schlee has completed 33 of 55 passes for 508 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions this season. The Golden Flashes also have four running backs with over 100 yards so far led by Marquez Cooper's 180 yards and three touchdowns.

"They've got a quarterback that I didn't know a lot about who is, No. 1, a tremendous athlete," Smart said. "No. 2, he makes a lot of people miss. He's dynamic with the ball in his hand. He's made some wild throws. You're going to hear about this guy. He's had some 60, 70-yard passes that are incredible."

--Field Level Media

PREDICTION
Kent State Golden Flashes
9
54
Georgia Bulldogs

Kent State Golden Flashes vs. Georgia Bulldogs Recap SEP 24TH 2022

Tight end Brock Bowers rushed for two touchdowns to fuel top-ranked Georgia to a 39-22 victory over visiting Kent State on Saturday afternoon in Athens, Ga.

Bowers scored on both his carries, including the first on a 75-yard sweep in the first quarter to lead the Bulldogs (4-0).

Georgia, which entered the game averaging 155.7 rushing yards per game, totaled a season-high 257 yards and four touchdowns on the ground. Quarterback Stetson Bennett and Kendall Milton each ran for a score.

Bennett completed 27 of 36 passes for 272 yards and was intercepted at the Kent State 5-yard line by Montre Miller with 8:34 left in the first quarter. Georgia's special teams erased the mistake moments later after Jalon Walker blocked a punt that rolled through the end zone for a safety.

Georgia entered the game with the nation's top-ranked defense after allowing just 10 points and only one touchdown in three games.

But the Bulldogs committed three turnovers which led to 10 points for the Golden Flashes (1-3) and kept the 45-point underdogs in the game until the fourth quarter.

Georgia's miscues began early when Ladd McConkey muffed a punt on Kent State's first possession. It led to the Golden Flashes' first points following a 45-yard field goal by Andrew Glass.

Following a second Georgia fumble, Collin Schlee connected for a 56-yard touchdown pass to Devontez Walker to cut Georgia's lead to 12-10 with 11:30 left in the second quarter.

Walker led the Golden Flashes with seven catches for 106 yards while Marquez Cooper had 90 yards and a rushing touchdown on 21 carries.

The Bulldogs still managed to amass 529 yards of total offense, surpassing the 500-yard mark for the third time this season.

Georgia's backfield may have taken an injury hit when Kenny McIntosh limped off the field in the fourth quarter with what appeared to be a left foot injury.

--Field Level Media

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