Our View: More football excitement this Saturday

DKS editor

We’ve spent an extraordinary amount of time discussing the Kent State football team in “Our View” this semester, but justifiably so, because this is an extraordinary team. With a 6-1 record, the Flashes are nearly certain to play in a bowl game for the first time since 1972.

Better yet, the games remaining on the schedule are arguably the most intriguing ones.

Sure, the Wagon Wheel game against Akron is next week, and the division title could be on the line against Ohio at home on Black Friday. But this Saturday’s game at Rutgers brings the potential for the program’s most earth-shattering victory we’ve ever seen.

The Rutgers Scarlet Knights are 7-0 and 15th in the latest BCS rankings. They pose a difficult and important test after the Flashes buckled badly against their previous major opponent in a 47-14 loss at Kentucky. That game is still Kentucky’s only win this season.

Beating Rutgers will not be easy, and merely keeping the game close would be impressive in itself. But we’re crossing our fingers for what would be a colossal upset. After closing last week’s win with 24 consecutive points and three incredible defensive takeaways, anything seems possible.

We know Saturday is also Halloween weekend, and you’re probably headed to downtown Kent, but don’t you dare step outside until the game is done. It starts at 3:30, and it will be streaming online at WatchESPN.com, or you can listen on the radio via 640 AM WHLO or the iHeartRadio app.

But maybe we didn’t need to persuade you, because who would want to miss out on the next great Dri Archer touchdown or the next defensive playmaker to earn a spot on the highlight reel? It’s hard to believe, but Kent State football now ranks with Halloween in Kent as must-see entertainment.

The above editorial is the consensus opinion of the Daily Kent Stater editorial board.