North Dakota State vs. Montana State - 12/21/19 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Montana State Bobcats (11-3) vs. North Dakota State Bison (14-0)
College Football: Saturday, December 21, 2019 at 2:00 pm (Fargodome)
The Line: North Dakota State Bison -14.5 -- Over/Under: 46.5
The Montana State Bobcats and North Dakota State Bison meet Saturday in the college football FCS Semifinals at the Fargodome.
The Montana State Bobcats have 11 victories and are coming off a win over Austin Peay. The Montana State Bobcats have won four of their last six road games. Tucker Rovig is completing 61.9 percent of his passes for 1,819 yards, 14 touchdowns and four interceptions. Rovig has one or less touchdown passes in seven of his last nine games. Kevin Kassis and Travis Jonsen have combined for 1,365 receiving yards and six touchdowns while Coy Steel has 22 receptions. The Montana State Bobcats ground game is averaging 265.9 yards per contest, and Logan Jones leads the way with 866 yards and eight touchdowns. Defensively, Montana State is allowing 20.6 points and 345.3 yards per game. Callahan O'Reilly leads the Montana State Bobcats with 80 tackles, Bryce Sterk has 15 sacks and Amandre Williams has three interceptions.
The North Dakota State Bison look for another win to build on their 14-0 record and are coming off a win over Illinois State. The North Dakota State Bison have won all eight home games this season. Trey Lance is completing 66.8 percent of his passes for 2,491 yards, 25 touchdowns and zero interceptions. Lance has two or more touchdown passes in four of his last six games. Christian Watson and Phoenix Sproles have combined for 1,172 receiving yards and seven touchdowns while Jimmy Kepouros has 27 receptions. The North Dakota State Bison ground game is averaging 285.9 yards per contest, and Ty Brooks leads the way with 902 yards and five touchdowns. Defensively, North Dakota State is allowing 11.6 points and 266.6 yards per game. Jackson Hankey leads the North Dakota State Bison with 101 tackles, Derrick Tuszka has 11.5 sacks and Michael Tutsie has six interceptions.
The Montana State Bobcats are riding a six-game winning streak and should have revenge on their mind considering last season ended with a blowout loss at the Fargodome. The North Dakota State Bison rarely lose at home and their defense has allowed a combined 16 points in their first two playoff games. North Dakota State should obviously be a decent favorite based on reputation, but that offense did not look good last week and it's tough to lay big chalk with a passing game that did little to nothing. The Montana State Bobcats have the ground game to play keep away and their defense has allowed 17 or less points in six of their last seven games. This could be another low scoring, physical contest. I want the two free touchdowns and the hook could be the deciding factor.