North Dakota State vs. James Madison - 1/11/20 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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James Madison Dukes (14-1) vs. North Dakota State Bison (15-0)
College Football: Saturday, January 11, 2020 at 12:00 pm (Toyota Stadium)
The Line: North Dakota State Bison -2.5 -- Over/Under: 55.5
The James Madison Dukes and North Dakota State Bison meet Saturday in the college football FCS Championship at Toyota Stadium.
The James Madison Dukes are riding a 14-game winning streak and are fresh off a win over Weber State. The James Madison Dukes have won five of their last six road games. Ben DiNucci is completing 71.3 percent of his passes for 3,237 yards, 27 touchdowns and five interceptions. DiNucci has two or more touchdown passes in eight of his last nine games. Brandon Polk and Riley Stapleton have combined for 1,861 receiving yards and 19 touchdowns while Dylan Stapleton has 29 receptions. The James Madison Dukes ground game is averaging 248.3 yards per contest, and Percy Agyei-Obese leads the way with 1,143 yards and 19 touchdowns. Defensively, James Madison is allowing 14.8 points and 264.7 yards per game. Dimitri Holloway leads the James Madison Dukes with 115 tackles, John Daka has 16.5 sacks and Adam Smith has six interceptions.
The North Dakota State Bison are 15-0 on the season and coming off a blowout win over Montana State. The North Dakota State Bison have won all five road games this season. Trey Lance is completing 67.1 percent of his passes for 2,714 yards, 28 touchdowns and zero interceptions. Lance has two or more touchdown passes in five of his last seven games. Christian Watson and Phoenix Sproles have combined for 1,260 receiving yards and eight touchdowns while Jimmy Kepouros has 30 receptions. The North Dakota State Bison ground game is averaging 288 yards per contest, and Ty Brooks leads the way with 940 yards and five touchdowns. Defensively, North Dakota State is allowing 11.8 points and 268.7 yards per game. Jackson Hankey leads the North Dakota State Bison with 110 tackles, Derrick Tuszka has 12.5 sacks and Michael Tutsie has seven interceptions.
If this meeting is anywhere close to the matchup we had in 2017 when North Dakota State won a tight one in a defensive battle we're in for a treat. As for the game itself, both of these teams are pretty even on both sides, but you could argue James Madison has the edge at quarterback with a more explosive passer in DiNucci leading the way. The North Dakota State Bison have been slightly sharper defensively and make game changing plays by rushing the passer and producing takeaways. These have been the two best teams in the country all season long and deciding which team is better is probably splitting hairs. So, I'm going to take the points with James Madison. You can't go wrong with free points in a game between these two teams and in a matchup that's probably going to be decided in the fourth quarter.