WHO: No. 25 Kent State (11-2) vs. Arkansas State (9-3)
TIME/TV: 9 p.m. (ESPN)
WHERE: Ladd-Peebles Stadium, Mobile, Ala.
LINE: Arkansas State by 31/2
BUZZ: Kent State wants to finish a breakout season in style. It’s the first time the Golden Flashes have been to a bowl game in 40 years, and they’ve set a school record for wins in a season. Arkansas State — which has won back-to-back Sun Belt titles — gets a second chance in the GoDaddy.com Bowl after losing last season to Northern Illinois.
Arkansas State QB Ryan Aplin against the Kent State defense: Aplin owns nearly every passing record in Arkansas State history after throwing for 10,545 yards and 66 touchdowns in his four seasons. His final game will be against a Kent State defense that has forced 38 turnovers this season, which is the most in the Football Bowl Subdivision. They’re also first in the country with a plus-21 turnover margin.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Kent State: Junior RB Dri Archer has been the Golden Flashes’ primary playmaker, rushing for a team-high 1,352 yards and 15 touchdowns this season. The 5-foot-8, 175-pounder is also tops on the team with 35 catches for 539 yards and four touchdowns.
Arkansas State: Junior RB David Oku has had a productive season after transferring from Tennessee, rushing for 1,054 yards and 15 touchdowns. He has been the Red Wolves’ workhorse, averaging nearly 20 carries per game.
The Associated Press