North Dakota State Bison vs Missouri State Bears Prediction, 3/6/2021 FCS Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: North Dakota State Bison vs Missouri State Bears
Date: Saturday, March 6, 2021
Location: Plaster Stadium in Springfield, MO
Odds/Point Spread: North Dakota State (-19.5)
Plaster Stadium is the venue where and the Missouri State Bears (1-3) will play the North Dakota State Bison (2-1) on Saturday. Missouri State opens this game as 19.5-point dogs. The O/U has been set at 44.5.
In their last outing the Bison played the Southern Illinois Salukis and took the defeat by a score of 38-14. Zeb Noland went 13/24 with 159 yards passing and threw 1 TD. He walked away with 1 pick during the game. Jalen Bussey led the team on the ground for the game. His longest run of the day went for 63 yards but he wasn't able to rush for a TD on the day. He ran for a total of 72 yards via 3 carries which means he ran for an average of 24.0 yards per run. Jake Lippe was the leader in receiving yardage by earning 53 yards on 3 catches. He earned an average of 17.7 yards per catch for the game. The North Dakota State Bison rushed the ball a total of 21 times and added 109 yards giving them an average of 5.2 yards per carry. On the day, they ran 45 plays which added up to 268 yards. On the day, the Bison had a total of 12 1st downs and they had a total of 4 penalties for 32 yards.
In terms of defense, North Dakota State conceded 18 completions on 25 tries totaling 273 yards, and a completion percentage of 72.0%. Against the run, the Bison conceded 170 yards on 48 runs which means they had an average of 3.5 yards per rushing attempt allowed. On the day, they conceded a total of 443 yards but didn't get any takeaways.
When talking about scoring, the North Dakota State Bison have an average of 13.0 points per contest. North Dakota State has accounted for 39 points in total and has compiled 5 touchdowns, while having an average of 33:22 mins of ball control per game. When it comes to getting first downs, North Dakota State has compiled 9 first downs via the pass and 15 first downs on the ground.
The last time they took the field they took on the Western Illinois Leathernecks and won 30-24. Celdon Manning led the team in rushing during the game. His longest run of the day went for 20 yards and he tallied 1 touchdown for the contest. He racked up a total of 69 yards by way of 16 carries which gave him an average of 4.0 yards per carry. Damoriea Vick was the receiving yardage leader by earning 138 yards on 6 catches. He notched an average of 23.0 yards per catch during the game. Jaden Johnson went 18/28 with 278 yards passing and tossed 1 touchdown. He threw 2 interceptions in the game. The Missouri State Bears ran the football 45 times and earned a total of 155 yards which gave them an average of 3.4 yards per rush. Overall, the Bears racked up a total of 21 first downs and they had a total of 9 infractions for 63 yards. On the day, they ran 73 plays for a total of 433 yards.
On the defensive side of the ball, Missouri State allowed 34 completions on 46 attempts for a total of 281 yards, and a completion percentage of 74.0%. On the day, they allowed a total of 329 yards and forced 4 takeaways. Against the run, the Bears allowed 48 yards on 30 attempts which is an average of 1.6 yards per run allowed.
Coming into this game with an average of 28:51 mins per game of ball control, the Bears have tallied 5 TDs in addition to 44 points on the year. Concerning this team's ability to score points, the Bears are putting up 22.0 points per outing. They have accumulated 19 first downs via the ground and 21 passing first downs on the campaign.
Who will win tonight's FCS game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take North Dakota State (-19.5)
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