Mi­ami Ohio over KENT ST by 8

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Our first ven­ture into the MAC takes us to Kent where we would have to be­lieve that if this game were played dur­ing World War II, the Ja­panese would show it as a form of POW tor­ture. After win­ning their con­fer­ence opener at Cen­tral Michi­gan three weeks ago, it looked like the RedHawks would be­gin MAC play 3-0 SU for the first time since 2010 as win­less Bowl­ing Green and equally pa­thetic Kent – a team that is 0-8 SU and 2-5-1 ATS in its last eight tries as home dogs – were next in line. How­ever, a notso-funny-thing hap­pened on the way to the foray as the Hawks dropped a 37-29 de­ci­sion as 17-point home chalk to the Fal­cons de­spite win­ning the stat bat­tle, 612-505. We’re sure the Birds fell prey to the anti-Ir­ish let­down at they vis­ited South Bend the prior week but it’s still risky lay­ing dou­ble-dig­its on the road with a team that sur­ren­dered 500 yards in each of its last two games. The good news for Chuck Martin’s men is that Kent owns the worst red zone of­fense in the na­tion and is be­ing out­yarded by 225 YPG against FBS op­po­si­tion this sea­son. Mi­ami Ohio could very well im­prove to 5-3 SU and 7-1 ATS in this matchup since 2010 but it’s not in our DNA to back dou­ble-digit road fa­vorites that are wob­bling at the mo­ment. Pass.

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