James Madison vs. Northern Iowa - 12/13/19 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Northern Iowa Panthers (10-4) vs. James Madison Dukes (12-1)
College Football: Friday, December 13, 2019 at 7:00 pm (Bridgeforth Stadium)
The Line: James Madison Dukes -17.5 -- Over/Under: 41.5
The Northern Iowa Panthers and James Madison Dukes meet Friday in the college football FCS Quarterfinals at Bridgeforth Stadium.
The Northern Iowa Panthers look for another win after beating South Dakota State last week. The Northern Iowa Panthers lost four of their last seven road games. Will McElvain is completing 54.2 percent of his passes for 2,664 yards, 20 touchdowns and seven interceptions. McElvain has to be more create with the ball to have a chance here. Isaiah Weston and Jaylin James have combined for 1,458 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns while Aaron Graham has 32 receptions. The Northern Iowa Panthers ground game is averaging 118.8 yards per contest, and Trevor Allen leads the way with 626 yards and six touchdowns. Defensively, Northern Iowa is allowing 17.7 points and 294.3 yards per game. Bryce Flater leads the Northern Iowa Panthers with 121 tackles, Elerson G. Smith has 14 sacks and Omar Brown has six interceptions.
The James Madison Dukes look to build on 12 victories after beating Monmouth last week. The James Madison Dukes have won all seven home games this season. Ben DiNucci is completing 71.4 percent of his passes for 2,825 yards, 24 touchdowns and four interceptions. DiNucci has two or more touchdown passes in seven straight games. Brandon Polk and Riley Stapleton have combined for 1,582 receiving yards and 16 touchdowns while Jake Brown has 28 receptions. The James Madison Dukes ground game is averaging 255.7 yards per contest, and Percy Agyei-Obese leads the way with 974 yards and 18 touchdowns. Defensively, James Madison is allowing 16 points and 276.9 yards per game. Dimitri Holloway leads the James Madison Dukes with 103 tackles, John Daka has 14.5 sacks and Adam Smith has six interceptions.
The James Madison Dukes are the better team and have been a buzzsaw offensively as of late and have the potential to blow teams out easily if the other team doesn't match their energy. However, the Northern Iowa Panthers are battle tested and have held their own all year, which includes taking Iowa State to overtime in their season opener, hanging around with a good Weber State team on the road and just beating South Dakota State on the road last week in a defensive bloodbath. NIU will likely have its season come to an end, but it won't come without a fight. Give me the points with the Panthers on the road.