Kent State kicks off the 2009 season on Thursday when the Golden Flashes host Coastal Carolina at 7:00 p.m. at Dix Stadium.
The Golden Flashes ended the 2008 season just 4-8, but defeated Mid-American Conference champion Buffalo, 24-21, in the season's final week.
The Chanticleers ended last year 6-6, but struggled to a 1-4 record in the Big South. They lost their final game of the 2008 season, 24-0, to Charleston Southern and haven't scored since the second quarter of their 21-13 win over Presbyterian on Nov. 15, 2008.
Here's a look at how both teams match-up: