Mikey Keene, Top Fresno State vs. Kent State Players to Watch – Week 4

Written By PlayPicks Staff on September 18, 2023

One of the best wideouts in college football will be on show when Erik Brooks and the Fresno State Bulldogs (3-0) host the Kent State Golden Flashes (1-2) on Saturday, September 23, 2023.

The Bulldogs prevailed 29-0 last time out when they faced the Arizona State Sun Devils. In their most recent outing, the Golden Flashes took on the Central Connecticut State Blue Devils and picked up the win by a final score of 38-10.

In that last outing for the Bulldogs, Mikey Keene completed 32 of 49 passing attempts (65.3%) and totaled 281 yards through the air, completing two touchdown passes. Elijah Gilliam had 18 rushing attempts and finished with 69 yards. Brooks ended the contest with 11 catches for 104 yards.

For the Golden Flashes in their last game, Michael Alaimo finished with 12 completions on 16 attempts (75.0%) for 172 yards, tossing one touchdown and one interception and one rushing touchdown. Gavin Garcia carried the ball 21 times for 125 yards and two touchdowns. Trell Harris hauled in three passes for 94 yards with one touchdown.

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Fresno State Players to Watch

  • This season, Keene has collected 874 passing yards (291.3 yards per game) while connecting on 85 of 132 passes (64.4% completion percentage), with eight touchdowns and two interceptions.
  • Gilliam has rushed for a team-leading 230 yards on 58 carries (76.7 yards per game) while scoring two touchdowns.
  • So far this year Malik Sherrod has run for 59 yards on 14 carries (29.5 ypg), with one rushing touchdown.
  • This season Brooks has 27 receptions for a team-high 361 receiving yards (120.3 per game) and three touchdowns.
  • Jaelen Gill has hauled in 18 catches for 181 yards (60.3 yards per game) and two touchdowns.
  • Tre Watson has totaled 89 yards on eight receptions, averaging 44.5 yards per game.

Kent State Players to Watch

  • This year, Alaimo has racked up 491 passing yards (163.7 yards per game) while going 35-for-64 (54.7% completion percentage) and throwing one touchdown and three interceptions.
  • Garcia has picked up a team-high 238 rushing yards (79.3 yards per game) and scored two touchdowns.
  • So far this year Xavier Williams has rushed for 71 yards on 22 carries (23.7 ypg).
  • This season Harris has 11 receptions for a team-high 208 receiving yards (69.3 per game) and one touchdown.
  • Chrishon McCray has contributed with seven receptions for 105 yards.
  • This season Justin Holmes is averaging 27.7 yards per game, with eight catches for 83 yards.

Fresno State vs. Kent State Odds

Favorite Spread Favorite Spread Odds Underdog Spread Odds Total Over Total Odds Under Total Odds
Fresno State -27.5 -110 -110 47.5 -110 -110

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Team Stat Comparison

Fresno State Kent State
Off. Points per Game (Rank) 34 (55) 16.7 (122)
Def. Points per Game (Rank) 22 (60) 31.3 (105)
Turnovers Allowed (Rank) 2 (12) 3 (33)
Turnovers Forced (Rank) 10 (1) 5 (44)

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