North Dakota State vs. Illinois State - 12/14/19 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Illinois State Redbirds (10-4) vs. North Dakota State Bison (13-0)
College Football: Saturday, December 14, 2019 at 12:00 pm (Fargodome)
The Line: North Dakota State Bison -23.5 -- Over/Under: 41
The Illinois State Redbirds and North Dakota State Bison meet Saturday in the college football FCS Quarterfinals at the Fargodome.
The Illinois State Redbirds have won 10 games and are coming off a victory over Central Arkansas. The Illinois State Redbirds have won six of their last eight road games. Brady Davis is completing 52.3 percent of his passes for 1,570 yards, nine touchdowns and nine interceptions. Davis and Bryce Jefferson have combined for 10 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. Kacp Rutkiewicz and Braxton Haley have combined for 676 receiving yards and two touchdowns while Andrew Edgar has 18 receptions. The Illinois State Redbirds ground game is averaging 185.1 yards per contest, and James Robinson leads the way with 1,823 yards and 18 touchdowns. Defensively, Illinois State is allowing 16.5 points and 307.1 yards per game. Luther Kirk leads the Illinois State Redbirds with 85 tackles, Romeo McKnight has 12 sacks and Devin Taylor has five interceptions.
The North Dakota State Bison improved to 13-0 on the season after beating Nicholls. The North Dakota State Bison have won all seven home games this season. Trey Lance is completing 68.5 percent of his passes for 2,356 yards, 25 touchdowns and zero interceptions. Lance has two or more touchdown passes in four of his last five games. Phoenix Sproles and Jimmy Kepouros have combined for 906 receiving yards and three touchdowns while Christian Watson has 25 receptions. The North Dakota State Bison ground game is averaging 298 yards per contest, and Ty Brooks leads the way with 853 yards and five touchdowns. Defensively, North Dakota State is allowing 12.3 points and 272.2 yards per game. Jackson Hankey leads the North Dakota State Bison with 91 tackles, Derrick Tuszka has 11.5 sacks and Michael Tutsie has five interceptions.
These teams played back in early October and North Dakota State won on the road, 37-3. The North Dakota State Bison also have the ability to turn things up come playoff time and the Fargodome is easily one of the toughest places to play in all of college football. As for a bet, I'm looking at the over. This total seems a tab bit too low when you consider North Dakota State has scored 37 or more points in four of its last five games and the Redbirds have an explosive ground game that averages nearly two rushing touchdowns per contest. The North Dakota State Bison could put us over this total by themselves. Give me the over.