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Friday forecasts: FCS coach a flexbone genius

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Kennesaw State head coach Brian Bohannon talks into his head set during an NCAA college football game against Edward Waters, Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015, in Kennesaw, Ga. (AP Photo/Lisa Marie Pane)

Kennesaw State head coach Brian Bohannon talks into his head set during an NCAA college football game against Edward Waters, Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015, in Kennesaw, Ga. (AP Photo/Lisa Marie Pane)

Told you last week that it was preposterous to make Army a 31-point underdog against Oklahoma.

Anyway, enough gloating. Onto this week’s picks made with odds as of Thursday night from Vegasinsider.com.

1 — Samford +9 at Kennesaw State: Kennesaw State first fielded a football team in 2015 and the Owls already are ranked No. 4 in the FCS national rankings.

Incredible.

How is that possible?

Well, KSU shook the right coaching tree, the most underrated coaching tree in college football.

Brian Bohannon, 47, is the latest from the Paul Johnson coaching tree to accomplish amazing things, following Navy’s Ken Niumatalolo and Army’s Jeff Monken.

Bohannon worked for Johnson for 16 years at Georgia Southern, Navy and Georgia Tech. Clearly, Bohannon was paying attention.

Hired in the spring of 2013, Bohannon’s organizational and evaluation skills and ability to teach the flexbone offense and recruit to that system enabled him to quickly assemble a competitive season. Somehow, Bohannon coached Kennesaw State to a 6-5 record in its debut season, improved to 8-3 in 2016 and 12-2 last season with a trip to the quarterfinal round of the FCS, where Sam Houston State bounced the Owls, 34-27.

KSU’s only other loss came at the hands of Samford, 28-23.

The Owls seek revenge Saturday.

Predicted score: Kennesaw State 38, Samford 31

Pick vs. spread: Samford

2 (Best bet) — Virginia Tech +5 at Duke: This a tough game for Ryan Willis to be making his first Hokies start. Duke ranks tied for 16th in the nation by giving up 15.3 points per game.

Predicted score: Duke 31, Virginia Tech 17

Pick vs. spread: Duke

3 — Oklahoma State -17 at Kansas: So let me get this straight: The Cowboys scored 17 points against Texas Tech and is favored by that many points on the road? Too big a spread.

Predicted score: Oklahoma State 24, Kansas 17

Pick vs. spread: Kansas

Last week’s record: 2-1

Best bet record: 1-0

Comments

Brian Leiker 2 weeks, 6 days ago

Laughable if you think KU is staying within 20 of OSU. We'll be down 24 by half. Final prediction KU 14 OSU 45

Kevin Robert Fest 2 weeks, 6 days ago

What?! OKst by only 7? Maybe after they run back the opening kickoff. Another blowout. Print it. We lose by double digits

Kevin Robert Fest 2 weeks, 6 days ago

We will be on the wrong end of OKst bad mood after their blowout loss to TT.

Kevin Robert Fest 2 weeks, 6 days ago

Case in point. Baylor last year to Liberty, was winless when they played us, they beat us like a drum. I don't care how bad OKst looked last week, we will make them look like a national contender tomorrow. Time out before punt lol.

Randy Bombardier 2 weeks, 6 days ago

Impressive young coach. Tom, anything make you think that Long would hire a system guy? I think young blood from an old tree could be a real winner for us. I have no doubt in this system we could get back to a respectable .500. If KU admin, fans and supporters have any sense that is the goal. I vividly remember GaTECH hanging 700 yds of offense on us averaging nearly 10 yards per run.

Tom Keegan 2 weeks, 6 days ago

Nothing from Long's past would suggest he would hire a system guy, but he has never had to hire in a situation this dire. The common denominator of his hires seems to be BIG NAME. He hired former NFL coach Dave Wannstedt, a huge name in Pittsburgh, at Pitt, Bobby Petrino away from the NFL and Bret Bielema away from Wisconsin. But Long also seems smart and there is a case to be made that hiring a flexbone guru would be a smart thing to do.

David Robinett 2 weeks, 6 days ago

Thanks for bringing up that vivid memory, Randy 😫

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