1. Dri Archer
Archer, whom Kent State started a Heisman campaign for prior to the season, is really good and really fast. NIU head coach Rod Carey said he's probably the fastest player he's seen on film. Archer is finally healthy after injuring his ankle Week 1.
2. Turnover battle
While the Huskie defense has given up its share of yards, NIU has done a good job of taking care of the ball and forcing turnovers on defense. The Huskies are + 6 in turnover margin, and their average margin of + 1.5 is sixth in the country. Kent State is -1 when it comes to turnover margin.
3. NIU wideouts
Angelo Sebastiano may not play Saturday, meaning we'll see a lot of guys like Da'Ron Brown and Juwan Brescacin in addition to Tommylee Lewis. True freshman Aregeros Turner could see more reps as well.
4. Roosevelt Nix
If you're going to pay attention to a player on Kent State's defense, make sure it's Nix. He's had a great career at Kent State – he already has a MAC Defensive Player of the Year Award under his belt and is looking to become a four-time all-conference pick. He could cause problems for the Huskies' offensive line.
5. Kent State's running game
Archer is just one person the NIU run defense has to worry about. Trayion Durham has 344 yards this year and ran for 154 against Western Michigan last week. NIU's run defense ranks 78th nationally, giving up 169.3 yards per game.
Since the start of 2012, the Golden Flashes are 12-1 when outrushing opponents, and 1-5 when they're outgained. In last year's MAC Championship Game, NIU ran for 312 yards, while Kent State had only 70 yards on the ground.
– Steve Nitz, firstname.lastname@example.org