The Frisco Bowl is probably one that the modest college football fan wouldn’t watch. It’s not one of the mainstream bowls like the Cotton Bowl or Rose Bowl, but it will put on a show. This matchup will be taking place on December 20 at 7:30 PM EST on ESPN2 and will showcase the Kent State Golden Flashes vs. the Utah State Aggies.
I personally have a fond love for the MAC teams like Kent State. Those late-fall Tuesday and Wednesday night games can’t be beaten. Kent State ended its season with a modest 6-6 record, which made them just bowl eligible. The Frisco Bowl will be the Golden Flashes fourth bowl bid in its history. Kent State will be led by their junior quarterback, Dustin Crum. The junior had over 3,000 passing yards alongside his 23 touchdowns. On the defensive side, All-MAC cornerback, Jamal Crawford has a team-leading three interceptions.
Utah State comes into the game with a 7-5 record, and all five of their losses come to very good teams, including one of them to Joe Burrow and his #1 LSU Tigers. This will be the eighth time in the last nine years that the Aggies will be bowl eligible, and that may play a role in this because the Golden Flashes of Kent State haven’t been to a bowl since 2012.
This should be a very interesting game to watch. Kent State is a very underrated team as well as Crum’s arm talent, which may surprise the Aggies defense. But Kent State aside from the 2012 season hasn’t been to a bowl since 1972 and 1954, will the inexperience play a role in the primetime game? Will the experience of Aggies coach Gary Andersen falter under pressure? There’s a lot of questions to think of when looking deep into this MAC vs. MWC matchup. My prediction is 28-24 with the hungry Golden Flashes of Kent State adding a trophy to their program repertoire.