Kent State will be the third Mid-American Conference school this season to play a game as a Top 25 team. Unlike the others, the Golden Flashes hope to win one.
Ranked for the first time in 39 years, the No. 25 Golden Flashes can clinch the MAC East championship with a ninth consecutive victory Saturday when they visit a Bowling Green squad looking to keep its division title hopes alive with a seventh straight win.
It's been a special year for Kent State (9-1, 6-0), which secured its first winning season since 2001 thanks to a school-record eight-game winning streak that has followed a 47-14 loss at lowly Kentucky on Sept. 8. The Golden Flashes, whose signature moment was a 35-23 win at then-No. 18 Rutgers last month, secured their first AP ranking since Nov. 5, 1973, after a 48-32 victory at Miami (Ohio) last Saturday.
"We are very excited to be in the Top 25, but there are still many more goals to be accomplished," coach Darrell Hazell told Kent State's official website.