North Dakota Fighting Hawks vs Youngstown State Penguins Prediction, 3/27/2021 FCS Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: North Dakota Fighting Hawks vs Youngstown State Penguins
Date: Saturday, March 27, 2021
Location: Stambaugh Stadium in Youngstown, OH
Odds/Point Spread: North Dakota (-7)
Stambaugh Stadium is the site where and the Youngstown State Penguins (1-4) will take on the North Dakota Fighting Hawks (4-1) on Saturday. North Dakota opens this game as 7-point favorites. The O/U opens at 43.
In their last game the Fighting Hawks faced the North Dakota State Bison and were defeated 34-13. Tommy Schuster went 13/26 with 143 yards through the air and tossed 1 TD. He tossed 1 pick in the game. Otis Weah paced the team in rushing during the game. He broke a long run for 74 yards and he tallied 1 touchdown for the game. He scurried for 129 yards by way of 13 carries which meant he was running for 10.0 yards per carry. Bo Belquist was the receiving yardage leader with a tally of 39 yards on 3 catches. He averaged 13.0 yards per reception during the game. The North Dakota Fighting Hawks ran the ball 24 times and earned 161 yards giving them an average of 6.7 yards per attempt. In all, they ran 51 plays which added up to 304 yards. In the game, the Fighting Hawks had a total of 14 first downs and they totaled 3 infractions for 25 yards.
In terms of defense, North Dakota gave up 8 completions on 19 throws totaling 140 yards, and a completion percentage of 42.0%. On the ground, the Fighting Hawks gave up 316 yards on 53 attempts which gave them an average of 6.0 yards per run allowed. For the game, they allowed 456 yards and earned 2 turnovers.
Concerning scoring, the North Dakota Fighting Hawks are averaging 28.8 points per outing. North Dakota has earned 144 total points and has 20 TDs, while sporting an average of 33:27 minutes of ball control per game. When it comes to getting first downs, North Dakota has earned 51 first downs via the pass and 51 rushing first downs.
In their last contest the Penguins went up against the South Dakota Coyotes and earned the win by a score of 28-10. Jaleel McLaughlin paced the team in rushing during the game. His longest run of the day went for 36 yards but he never crossed the endzone by way of the rush. He ran for a total of 166 yards via 28 carries which meant he averaged 6.0 yards per tote. Malick Mbodj was the leader in receiving yardage by racking up 25 yards on 2 receptions. He had an average of 12.5 yards per catch during the game. Mark Waid went 9/13 with 84 yards through the air and added 1 TD. He ended the game without an interception. The Youngstown State Penguins rushed the ball a total of 55 times and racked up a total of 304 yards which earned them an average of 5.5 yards per rushing attempt. For the game, the Penguins racked up 21 first downs and they totaled 4 penalties for 40 yards. On the day, they ran 68 plays which gave them a total of 388 yards.
When discussing the defense, Youngstown State conceded 21 catches on 30 tries for a total of 214 yards, and a completion percentage of 70.0%. In the game, they gave up a total of 226 yards and forced 3 takeaways. Against the run, the Penguins conceded 12 yards on 26 attempts which is an average of 0.5 yards per rushing attempt allowed.
Regarding how much they score, the Penguins put up an average of 14.8 points per outing. Averaging 33:13 mins per game of ball control, the Penguins have earned 9 touchdowns and 74 points so far this year. They have amassed 51 first downs on the ground as well as 20 first downs through the air on the campaign.
Who will win tonight's FCS game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Youngstown State (+7)
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