James Madison Dukes vs Sam Houston State Bearkats Prediction, 5/8/2021 FCS Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: James Madison Dukes vs Sam Houston State Bearkats
Date: Saturday, May 8, 2021
Location: Bowers Stadium in Huntsville, TX
Odds/Point Spread: James Madison (-1.5)
Bowers Stadium is the venue where and the Sam Houston State Bearkats (8-0) will take on the James Madison Dukes (7-0) on Saturday. The line on this game has James Madison as 1.5-point favorites. The O/U has been set at 47.
The last time they took the field the Dukes played the North Dakota Fighting Hawks and earned the victory by a score of 34-21. Cole Johnson went 14/17 with 251 yards passing and tossed 2 touchdowns. He walked away from this game with no interceptions. Percy Agyei-Obese paced the team on the ground during the game. He tore off a long run of 28 yards and he ran for 2 TD's for the game. He ran for 128 yards via 27 carries which means he ran for an average of 5.0 yards per carry. Antwane Wells Jr. was the receiving yardage leader by racking up 143 yards on 7 receptions. He earned an average of 20.4 yards per catch during the game. The James Madison Dukes ran the ball 53 times and earned a total of 217 yards which earned them an average of 4.1 yards per rush. For the game, they finished with a total of 70 plays for a total of 468 yards. In the game, the Dukes racked up 22 first downs and they had a total of 3 penalties for 23 yards.
When discussing the defense, James Madison allowed 16 completions on 26 attempts totaling 213 yards, and a completion percentage of 62.0%. Against the run, the Dukes allowed 131 yards on 25 carries which means they had an average of 5.2 yards per attempt allowed. For the game, they conceded a total of 344 yards and forced 2 takeaways.
Regarding scoring, the James Madison Dukes have an average of 33.4 points per contest. James Madison has accrued 234 points in total and has accumulated 28 TDs, while having an average of 34:06 minutes of ball control per game. When it comes to getting first downs, James Madison has earned 65 passing first downs and 85 rushing first downs.
In their last game the Bearkats faced the North Dakota State Bison and ended up getting the win by a score of 24-20. Eric Schmid paced the team on the ground for the game. He tore off a long run of 9 yards and he ran for 1 touchdown in the game. He rushed for a total of 36 yards via 10 carries which meant he was running for 4.0 yards per carry. Noah Smith was the leader in receiving yardage by racking up 103 yards on 10 catches. He earned an average of 10.3 yards per catch for the game. Schmid went 25/37 with 227 yards through the air and tossed 1 TD. He ended the game with no interceptions. The Sam Houston State Bearkats ran the football 28 times and racked up 90 yards giving them an average of 3.2 yards per attempt. Overall, the Bearkats earned a total of 16 1st downs and they had 6 infractions for 45 yards. Overall, they ran 65 plays for a total of 317 yards.
On the defensive side of the ball, Sam Houston State gave up 7 completions on 18 throws for a total of 90 yards, and a completion percentage of 39.0%. For this contest, they gave up a total of 229 yards and earned 3 turnovers. Against the run, the Bearkats gave up 139 yards on 43 runs which gave them an average of 3.2 yards per run allowed.
With an average of 30:14 minutes per game of ball control, the Bearkats have earned 32 TDs as well as 269 points for the year. Concerning their scoring prowess, the Bearkats are maintaining an average of 44.8 points per game. They have tallied 54 first downs on the ground as well as 77 first downs through the air this season.
Who will win tonight's FCS game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Sam Houston State (+1.5)
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