The final game of the 2021 spring season is here for the Kennesaw State Owls. On Saturday afternoon, KSU will face Monmouth, and the winner will claim the Big South Championship. Monmouth is looking to win its second consecutive conference title while KSU is looking to win its third title in four seasons. The Owls are also looking to reach the playoffs for the fourth consecutive season, which would make them the second team in Big South history to reach that mark.
KSU enters the game at 4-0, its best start in program history. The squad is coming off a 35-0 win over Robert Morris and was led by linebacker Bryson Armstrong who returned an interception for a 75 yards touchdown. The reigning Big South Defensive Player of the Year has six interceptions, five forced fumbles and five fumble recoveries in his career.
On offense, it’s likely Jonathan Murphy will get the start at quarterback. He missed last week’s game due to an injury, but it looks like he will be back under center. “He was not 100% last week, but he was available,” Owls coach Brian Bohannon said. “He’s fine, he’s good to go, so we’ll have (Murphy and Xavier Shepherd) ready to go come Saturday.”
Monmouth has only played two games this season but has looked dominant. The Hawks defeated Charleston Southern 35-17 on March 27 and then ran past Gardner-Webb 48-19 last week. Monmouth won the conference in 2019 by beating KSU 45-21 and were picked to win the Big South again this spring.
Who: Kennesaw State Owls at Monmouth Hawks
When: April 10, 2021, 1 p.m. ET
Where: Kessler Stadium | West Long Branch, New Jersey
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Prediction: KSU 24, Monmouth 23