James Madison Dukes vs Richmond Spiders Prediction, 4/3/2021 FCS Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: James Madison Dukes vs Richmond Spiders
Date: Saturday, April 3, 2021
Location: Robins Stadium in Richmond, VA
Odds/Point Spread: James Madison (-9.5)
The James Madison Dukes (4-0) travel to Robins Stadium on Saturday where they'll meet the Richmond Spiders (3-0). James Madison opens this matchup as 9.5-point favorites. The over/under opens at 51.5.
In their last game the Dukes played the William & Mary Tribe and won 38-10. Cole Johnson went 16/22 with 220 yards through the air and threw 1 TD. He finished this contest without throwing a pick. Kaelon Black paced the team in rushing in the game. His longest run of the day went for 24 yards and he added 1 touchdown for the game. He ran for a total of 141 yards by way of 19 carries which gave him an average of 7.0 yards per carry. Antwane Wells Jr. was the leader in receiving yardage with a total of 86 yards on 6 receptions. He averaged 14.3 yards per reception in the game. The James Madison Dukes ran the ball 43 times and earned a total of 254 yards which earned them an average of 5.9 yards per carry. On the day, they ran 67 plays for 474 yards. In the game, the Dukes earned 24 1st downs and they totaled 5 penalties for 58 yards.
When discussing the defense, James Madison allowed 13 completions on 20 tries for a total of 128 yards, and a completion percentage of 65.0%. Against the run, the Dukes allowed 60 yards on 26 carries which means they had an average of 2.3 yards per attempt allowed. For this contest, they conceded 188 yards and earned 1 takeaway.
Concerning scoring, the James Madison Dukes have an average of 36.5 points per contest. James Madison has accounted for 146 points and a total of 18 TDs, while coming in with an average of 31:48 minutes of ball control per outing. When it comes to moving the sticks, James Madison has compiled 39 passing first downs and 50 first downs on the ground.
In their last game the Spiders played the Elon Phoenix and earned the win by a score of 31-17. Aaron Dykes led the team on the ground for the game. His longest run of the day went for 21 yards and he tallied 1 touchdown during the game. He racked up a total of 70 yards by way of 11 carries which had him averaging 6.0 yards per carry. Leroy Henley was the receiving yardage leader with a tally of 88 yards on 8 receptions. He averaged 11.0 yards per reception for the game. Joe Mancuso went 21/35 with 251 yards through the air and tossed 2 TD's. He finished the game without throwing an interception. The Richmond Spiders ended up running the ball 33 times and totaled 192 yards which earned them an average of 5.8 yards per carry. On the day, the Spiders had a total of 22 first downs and they totaled 7 infractions for 65 yards. In all, they ran 69 plays for a total of 450 yards.
In terms of defense, Richmond gave up 20 catches on 33 tries totaling 213 yards, and a completion percentage of 61.0%. Overall, they gave up a total of 243 yards and forced 1 turnover. Against the run, the Spiders gave up 30 yards on 24 tries which is an average of 1.3 yards per rushing attempt allowed.
Coming into this game with an average of 34:27 minutes per game when it comes to time of possession, the Spiders have earned 12 touchdowns as well as 90 points for the year. In relation to their scoring prowess, the Spiders score 30.0 points per outing. They have accounted for 32 first downs by way of the rush in addition to 27 passing first downs on the year.
Who will win tonight's FCS game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Richmond (+9.5)
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