- Associated Press - Thursday, September 11, 2014

KENT STATE (0-2) at No. 22 OHIO STATE (1-1), noon (ABC/ESPN2)

Line: Ohio State by 32

Series Record: Ohio State leads 2-0

WHAT’S AT STAKE

Ohio State is trying to rebound after getting slammed 35-21 by Virginia Tech. The Buckeyes were outplayed and spent this week scrambling to diagnose and remedy the problems on both sides of the ball and in the kicking game. Kent State, which has former Buckeyes assistant Paul Haynes in charge, gets an $850,000 guarantee while hoping no one gets hurt who might help it turn things around later in the season.

KEY MATCHUP

Ohio State’s veteran defensive front against Kent State’s offensive line. Noah Spence, suspended for two games for failing a drug test at the Big Ten title game, returns to a unit that has mustered just four sacks (half as many as the Buckeyes offense has surrendered). The Golden Flashes smallish line has given up four sacks, and the offenses has scored 27 points in two home losses.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Kent State: QB Colin Reardon has four TD passes and interception. Flashes must find a running game or it’ll be a long day: Nick Holley has 53 yards and team averages 1.9 yards per attempt. S Nate Holley (Nick’s twin) is tied for MAC lead with 27 tackles.

Ohio State: QB J.T. Barrett hasn’t been awful but hasn’t made anyone forget the man he’s replacing, injured two-time Big Ten player of the year Braxton Miller.

FACTS & FIGURES

The Golden Flashes’ last game against a current Big Ten member was 35-23 upset at Rutgers in 2012. …Ohio State has won the last 38 meetings with in-state opponents. … Haynes is 4-10 in his second year with games at Virginia and Northern Illinois next on tap. … Urban Meyer, in 13 years as head coach at Bowling Green, Utah, Florida and Ohio State, had never lost in 35 nonconference game at home before last Saturday’s setback. … The last time the Buckeyes lost their first two games at home was 1967.

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