Kent State will get a chance to play for its first Mid-American Conference championship in 40 years.
The 23rd-ranked Golden Flashes, though, have business to take care of before that happens.
Kent State will try to extend its program-record nine-game winning streak Friday when it hosts Ohio in the regular-season finale for both teams.
After moving into the rankings for the first time in 39 years with a 48-32 victory at Miami (Ohio) on Nov. 10, the Golden Flashes (10-1, 7-0) clinched their first MAC East title last Saturday with a 31-24 road win over Bowling Green.
Kent State went 5-7 in each of the last three seasons and hasn't been to a bowl game since 1972, the year of its only MAC title.
"We definitely had some doubt before this year, and that's just because of our history," senior quarterback Spencer Keith told the school's official website. "Now every game there is never any doubt in our minds. We go into every week believing we will win."
Before facing West champion and No. 24...