FCS Championship North Dakota State vs Montana State Prediction, Game Preview

FCS Championship: North Dakota State vs Montana State prediction, game preview, how to watch, lines, and why each team might – or might not – win on Saturday.

FFCS Championship: North Dakota State vs Montana State prediction, game preview, how to watch: Saturday, January 8


FCS Championship: North Dakota State vs Montana State How To Watch

Date: Saturday, January 8
Game Time: 12:00 pm ET
Venue: Toyota Stadium, Frisco, TX
How To Watch: ESPN
Record: North Dakota State (13-1), Montana State (12-2)
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FCS Championship: North Dakota State vs Montana State Game Preview


Why Montana State Will Win

Montana State did the work for the North Dakota State, taking out a South Dakota State team that handed the Bison their only loss of the year.

The Bobcats got a massive day from QB Tommy Mellott in his amazing run through the FCS playoffs.

Starting quarterback Matt McKay entered the transfer portal just before the playoff started, Mellott stepped in and has been brilliant with four touchdown passes and no picks to go along with 339 rushing yards and six scores over the three games.

His job is to keep on running – and not turn the ball over.

The Montana State offense was among the best in the FCS in turnover margin helped by a fantastic offensive front that doesn’t allow much of anything in the backfield.

The formula is simple for the Bobcats. Don’t make mistakes – they don’t get penalized – rely on the defense, make tons of timely plays in the backfield, and capitalize on everything.

However …

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Why North Dakota State Will Win

North Dakota State can play that game, too.

Turnovers aren’t a problem for the Bison. There aren’t enough flags to get into a twist over, and the defense led the nation in points allowed throughout the FCS season.

The formula for North Dakota State is simple. Own third downs on both sides of the ball. Repeat.

The offense can put up points in bunches, but it’s the other side of the ball that should be able to take over. The D allowed over 24 points just once all year – the 27-19 loss to South Dakota State – and allowed 20 or fewer in 13 games.

The D has been on a dominant run in the FCS playoffs – allowing 24 points over the three games – and now it gets to focus on stopping Mellott, unless …

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What’s Going To Happen

Can Montana State get healthy again?

It was able to get by South Dakota State without a few key parts, but the one guy it needs to have back is leading rusher Isaiah Ifanse – who ran for over 1,500 yards and ten scores, but missed the South Dakota State game.

The Bobcats have been able to find ways all year to push through bumps and bruises, and they got through the late-season quarterback change.

However, North Dakota State is too good defensively to let anyone in the Montana State backfield go off.

Mellott has been great, but he’s not going to be able to bomb away quite like he did against South Dakota State. He’ll be fine, though, and the defense will keep this game in range throughout.

North Dakota State will control things just a wee bit more.

FCS Championship: North Dakota State vs Montana State Prediction, Lines

North Dakota State 23, Montana State 17
Line: North Dakota State -7.5, o/u: 42.5
ATS Confidence out of 5: 2

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FCS National Championship: Montana State vs North Dakota State

12:00, ESPN2
Line: North Dakota State -7, o/u: 47.5

Gill Alexander, VSIN: NDSU
Adam Dubbin, GatorsWire.com NDSU
Jeff Feyerer, CFN: NDSU
Pete Fiutak, CFN: NDSU*
Dan Harralson, VolsWire.com: NDSU
Phil Harrison, BuckeyesWire.com: NDSU
Jeremy Mauss, MWwire.com: NDSU*
Zac Neel, DucksWire.com: NDSU
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Nick Shepkowski, FightingIrishWire.com NDSU
Scott Steehn, WinnersandWhiners.com: NDSU
Joe Vitale, UGAWire.com: NDSU
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CONSENSUS PICK: NDSU

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Jackson State vs South Carolina State: Cricket Celebration Bowl Prediction, Game Preview

Jackson State vs South Carolina State: Cricket Celebration Bowl prediction, game preview, how to watch, lines, and why each team might or might not win.

Jackson State vs South Carolina State: Cricket Celebration Bowl prediction, game preview, how to watch: Saturday, December 18


Jackson State vs South Carolina State: Cricket Celebration Bowl How To Watch

Date: Saturday, December
Game Time: 12:00 ET
Venue: Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, GA
How To Watch: ABC, Live stream on ESPN+
Record: Jackson State (11-1), South Carolina State (6-5)

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– Deion Sanders took a good Jackson State football program and made it great. The Tigers were 4-8 in 2019, went 4-3 in the 2021 spring season after Sanders took over, and then it all kicked in with an 11-1 season – the only loss in a great, low-scoring battle with ULM of the FBS world – and a SWAC championship.

South Carolina State had a bit of a disappointing season, but it managed to with the MEAC title and get here with wins in five of its last six games. Legendary head coach Buddy Pough has a solid, veteran team built around good lines and a defense that takes the ball away in bunches.

– Jackson State wins on defense, but it has a terrific passing offense led by Shedeur Sanders. Deion’s son is the first player from an HBCU to win the Jerry Rice award as the best freshman in the FCS, throwing for over 3,000 yards with 29 touchdown passes with just six picks. He ran for three scores, too.

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North Carolina vs Wofford Prediction, Game Preview

North Carolina vs Wofford prediction, game preview, how to watch, lines, and why each team might – or might not – win this Saturday.

North Carolina vs Wofford prediction, game preview, how to watch: Saturday, November 20


North Carolina vs Wofford How To Watch

Date: Saturday, November 20
Game Time: 12:00 ET
Venue: Kenan Stadium, Chapel Hill, NC
How To Watch: ESPN3
Record: North Carolina (5-5), Wofford (1-9)
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Why Wofford Will Win

There’s a chance North Carolina QB Sam Howell doesn’t go in this, or is limited.

He suffered what’s being termed as an upper body injury late in the overtime loss to Pitt. With or without him, with the showdown at NC State coming up next, there might not be the team’s full focus here against a Terrier team that doesn’t screw up.

There might not be a whole lot happening on the defensive side, but Wofford doesn’t get hit with a lot of penalties, there aren’t a lot of turnovers, and the running-style opens things up for big downfield plays.

However …

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Why North Carolina Will Win

North Carolina can’t mess around. It still needs to get bowl eligible.

Between needing to win this, Senior Day, and having to focus its lousy run defense on the Wofford team’s rushing style, the focus should be there.

Whether or not Howell is 100%, the Tar Heels should be able to run as much as they want to. They were stopped by the Pitt D last week, but they hit 220 yards in each of the previous four games and nailed Wake Forest for 330 on the ground.

Even with its style, Wofford doesn’t do much to control the clock thanks to a run defense that’s having a rough run.

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What’s Going To Happen

The crowd will honor the seniors, the team will want to put this away fast, and …

The Wofford running game will be annoying enough to make this interesting into the second half. And then the floodgates will open.

North Carolina will get up big, the backups will come in, and it’ll be on to the NC State game on Friday.

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North Carolina vs Wofford Prediction, Lines

North Carolina 48, Wofford 7
Line: COMING, o/u: COMING
ATS Confidence out of 5: COMING

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Virginia Tech vs Richmond Prediction, Game Preview

Virginia Tech vs Richmond prediction, game preview, how to watch: Saturday, September 25

Virginia Tech vs Richmond prediction, game preview, how to watch: Saturday, September 25


Virginia Tech vs Richmond How To Watch

Date: Saturday, September 25
Game Time: 12:00 ET
Venue: Lane Stadium, Blacksburg, VA
How To Watch: ACC Network
Record: Richmond (2-1), Virginia Tech (2-1)
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Why Richmond Will Win

The Spiders are going to bring the play on the lines.

They might be coming off a tough loss to Villanova, but so far this season they’ve been terrific up front at keeping teams out of the backfield on one side, and decent against the run on the other.

They’re going to move the chains, they’re going to come up with third down stops, and they’re going to catch a Virginia Tech team that might be moping a little bit after a stunningly mediocre performance in a loss to West Virginia.

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Why Virginia Tech Will Win

The defense that started the season so well wasn’t all that bad against the Mountaineers. It just took too long to wake up.

The pass rush has been strong and the D is taking the ball away, but more than anything else, the team isn’t beating itself.

It’s not getting flagged enough to matter, there aren’t a ton of turnovers, and outside of a few too many empty drives this early in the season, the team has been okay.

Against Richmond, now is the time to empty the passing game tank and test some things out, but …

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What’s Going To Happen

Be careful with this. Richmond is just plucky enough to keep this from being an easy paycheck game.

This isn’t just going to be for show. The Spiders can pull this off if the Hokies start making mistakes.

The Virginia Tech passing game worked okay in comeback mode against the Mountaineers, but this week it’ll get into a quick-hitting groove from the start. Richmond won’t get ripped apart, but the Hokies should have this by halftime.

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Virginia Tech vs Richmond Prediction, Line

Virginia Tech 31, Richmond 13
Line: Virginia Tech -27.5, o/u: 47.5
ATS Confidence out of 5: 1

Must See Rating: 1.5

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Miami vs Central Connecticut State Prediction, Game Preview

Miami vs Central Connecticut State prediction, game preview, how to watch: Saturday, September 25

Miami vs Central Connecticut State prediction, game preview, how to watch: Saturday, September 25


Miami vs Central Connecticut State How To Watch

Date: Saturday, September 25
Game Time: 12:30 ET
Venue: Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, FL
How To Watch: ESPN3
Record: Miami (1-2), Central Connecticut State (1-2)
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Why Central Connecticut State Will Win

Can the Blue Devils catch the Hurricanes while they’re really, really down?

The ACC season kicks in next week with Virginia, and Miami could use any sort of break after getting rocked by Alabama and Michigan State and struggling against Appalachian State.

The Canes can’t move the ball as well as they should. There’s little to no running game, there’s no ball control, and the defense isn’t picking up the slack.

Central Connecticut State is fantastic at controlling the game by hanging on to the ball for over 38 minutes per game. It doesn’t turn the ball over, the run D has been great, and …

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Why Miami Will Win

There isn’t enough offense to keep up, and the secondary is about to get bombed on.

Miami will obviously use this game as a tune-up, and it needs it.

The offensive line has to prove it can consistently block someone and the running backs have to know what it’s like to have a hole to run through.

As long as there aren’t any big turnovers, Miami should be able to do whatever it wants against this D.

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What’s Going To Happen

Normally this would be the game to get some rest, see what the 2s and 3s can do, and just enjoy the scrimmage.

Miami needs this just to feel good about itself, if only for a moment.

It’s not going to play D’Eriq King any more than it has to, but the team isn’t going to take it easy. Beating Central Connecticut State won’t prove anything, but the team needs to have a little fun.

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Miami vs Central Connecticut State Prediction, Line

Miami 63, Central Connecticut State 0
Line: Miami -35.5, o/u: 54.5
ATS Confidence out of 5: 3

Must See Rating: 1

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Pitt vs New Hampshire Prediction, Game Preview

Pitt vs New Hampshire prediction, game preview, how to watch: Saturday, September 25

Pitt vs New Hampshire prediction, game preview, how to watch: Saturday, September 25


Pitt vs New Hampshire How To Watch

Date: Saturday, September 25
Game Time: 12:00 ET
Venue: Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, PA
How To Watch: ESPN+/ACC Network
Record: New Hampshire (3-0), Pitt (2-1)
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Why New Hampshire Will Win

It’s a dangerous team that could beat Pitt if things go the right way.

The Wildcats force a lot of turnovers, the pass rush is there to bother Panther QB Kenny Pickett, and overall the defense might just be able to keep down what’s been a machine so far.

For all of the good things Pitt has done, the defense fall off last week in a stunning 44-41 loss to Western Michigan. The secondary has been hit-or-miss and enough breakdowns overall are happening to be a concern, but …

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Why Pitt Will Win

The offense has ben outstanding.

The Panthers are averaging close to 500 yards per game with 133 points over the first three games. There isn’t much of a running game like in past years, but QB Kenny Pickett is having a whale of a start with the air show.

As always, the pass rush is among the best in the country. It should be a constant bother, there will be a few fumble recoveries – a slight issue so far – and the team should be able to bomb its way out of jams.

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What’s Going To Happen

After the clunker of last week and with two straight ACC road games coming up before hosting Clemson, Pitt needs to get everything right.

The offense has been amazing, but it could use a great defensive performance over a dangerous team that’s going to keep bringing the O.

New Hampshire won’t be an easy out, but it won’t keep up.

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Pitt vs New Hampshire Prediction, Line

Pitt 40, New Hampshire 24
Line: Pitt -24, o/u: 54
ATS Confidence out of 5: 1

Must See Rating: 1.5

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Temple vs Wagner Prediction, Game Preview

Temple vs Wagner prediction, game preview, how to watch: Saturday, September 25

Temple vs Wagner prediction, game preview, how to watch: Saturday, September 25


Temple vs Wagner How To Watch

Date: Saturday, September 25
Game Time: 12:00 ET
Venue: Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, PA
How To Watch: ESPN+
Record: Temple (1-2), Wagner (0-3)
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Temple vs Wagner Game Preview


Why Wagner Will Win

The Seahawks might have been blown out by Buffalo 69-7, but they really do have some good parts.

The passing game pushes the ball down the field, the D isn’t bad on third downs, and there’s just enough scoring punch to matter.

Temple gave up 24 points to Akron, couldn’t stop giving the ball to Rutgers, and couldn’t do anything against Boston College. It might have a win, but it can’t convert on third downs, the offense is bad and there are too many penalties.

However …

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Why Temple Will Win

This is where everything goes right.

The Owls did have a problem against Rutgers, and the Boston College loss wasn’t that miserable for 28-3. This week, the passing game should go off against a defense that can’t slow down the big play, and when it comes to penalties, Wagner has no problems getting involved in the fun.

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What’s Going To Happen

Temple just needs to find something that consistently works well. The pass defense has been good, and overall the D has been fine. The offense is going to use this game to sharpen the tools.

The Owls HAVE to start converting on third downs and they need to control the clock more. Both of those things are about to happen.

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Temple vs Wagner Prediction, Line

Temple 48, Wagner 6
Line: Temple -35, o/u: 55
ATS Confidence out of 5: 1

Must See Rating: 1

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Northern Illinois vs Maine Prediction, Game Preview

Northern Illinois vs Maine prediction, game preview, how to watch: Saturday, September 25

Northern Illinois vs Maine prediction, game preview, how to watch: Saturday, September 25


Northern Illinois vs Maine How To Watch

Date: Saturday, September 25
Game Time: 2:30 ET
Venue: Huskie Stadium, DeKalb, IL
How To Watch: ESPN3
Record: Northern Illinois (1-2), Maine (1-2)
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Northern Illinois vs Maine Game Preview


Why Maine Will Win

Can the Black Bears get the pass rush going just enough to be a bother, and can they run well enough to control the game a bit.

They’ve been a bit all over the map so far with a decent win over Merrimack, and strong loss to a good Delaware team, and a blowout loss to a great James Madison. They’ve got enough on both sides of the ball to hang around.

Northern Illinois hasn’t been able to do much to get the defense off the field and has the worst run D in the FBS, but …

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Why Northern Illinois Will Win

Maine isn’t running like Michigan, and Wyoming went off in a big firefight.

The Huskies are playing far better than they have in a few years, and it starts with the improvement on the offensive line.

Maine can get into the backfield a bit, but it’s not going to do anything to consistently bother NIU QB Rocky Lombardi – he needs all the time he can get.

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What’s Going To Happen

NIU appears to have found something in Harrison Waylee, a freshman running back with the upside to take over games.

The Huskies will average over five yards per carry, the dense will enjoy the relative week off after a rough first three games, and head coach Thomas Hammock will have the team at 2-2 before diving into the MAC season.

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Northern Illinois vs Maine Prediction, Line

Northern Illinois 36, Maine 17
Line: Northern Illinois -20, o/u: 59
ATS Confidence out of 5: 2

Must See Rating: 2

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Rice vs Texas Southern Prediction, Game Preview

Rice vs Texas Southern prediction, game preview, how to watch: Saturday, September 25

Rice vs Texas Southern prediction, game preview, how to watch: Saturday, September 25


Rice vs Texas Southern How To Watch

Date: Saturday, September 25
Game Time: 6:30 ET
Venue: Rice Stadium, Houston, TX
How To Watch: ESPN3
Record: Rice (0-3), Texas Southern (0-2)
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Rice vs Texas Southern Game Preview


Why Texas Southern Will Win

Rice is having an impossible time stopping the run. If you can hand the ball off and block with any sort of competence, you’re going to gain  yards on this group.

The Owls have the nation’s second-worst run defense, and that goes along with an offense that put up just 24 points in the first three games. But …

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Why Rice Will Win

Texas Southern isn’t Arkansas, Houston, or Texas.

Rice should’ve been more competitive in those three games, but now it gets a Texas Southern team that got ripped in its first two games – including 66-7 against Baylor – and also has problems on defense.

The Tigers have allowed a whopping 1,200 yards in their first few games and also can’t stop the run.

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What’s Going To Happen

This is where Rice gets to have a little fun.

It’s been playing around with its quarterback situation, but in this it’ll just hand off, gain yards, repeat. Texas Southern doesn’t have the O to keep up after getting down early.

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Rice vs Texas Southern Prediction, Line

Rice 45, Texas Southern 6
Line: Rice -20, o/u: 52.5
ATS Confidence out of 5: 3

Must See Rating: 1

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