Sam Houston State Bearkats vs Incarnate Word Cardinals Prediction, 4/17/2021 FCS Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Sam Houston State Bearkats vs Incarnate Word Cardinals
Date: Saturday, April 17, 2021
Location: Gayle and Tom Benson Stadium in San Antonio, TX
Odds/Point Spread: Sam Houston State (-13.5)
The Incarnate Word Cardinals (3-2) host the Sam Houston State Bearkats (5-0) at Gayle and Tom Benson Stadium on Saturday. Sam Houston State opens this game as 13.5-point favorites. The total opens at 75.
In their last contest the Bearkats played the McNeese Cowboys and ended up getting the win by a score of 27-13. Eric Schmid went 12/24 with 202 yards passing and added 1 TD. He walked away with 2 picks in the game. Schmid paced the team in rushing for that contest. He broke a long run for 64 yards but he never crossed the endzone by way of the rush. He scurried for 92 yards via 15 carries which means he ran for an average of 6.1 yards per tote. Jequez Ezzard was the leader in receiving yardage with a tally of 87 yards on 3 receptions. He had an average of 29.0 yards per catch for that contest. The Sam Houston State Bearkats ran the football 41 times and added 190 yards giving them an average of 4.6 yards per run. Overall, they ran 66 plays for 392 yards. In the game, the Bearkats totaled 19 1st downs and they totaled 5 infractions for 57 yards.
In terms of defense, Sam Houston State gave up 27 catches on 43 throws for a total of 291 yards, and a completion percentage of 63.0%. Against the run, the Bearkats gave up 37 yards on 29 attempts which is an average of 1.3 yards per carry allowed. For this contest, they allowed a total of 328 yards and forced 1 takeaway.
Sam Houston State has a tally of 227 total points and has tallied 26 TDs, while having an average of 29:42 minutes when it comes to time of possession per contest. In terms of scoring points, the Sam Houston State Bearkats hold an average of 45.4 points per game. When it comes to moving the sticks, Sam Houston State has compiled 61 first downs through the air and 42 first downs via the ground.
The last time they took the field the Cardinals faced the Northwestern State Demons and were beaten 49-47. Kevin Brown paced the team on the ground during the game. He had a long run of 53 yards and he added 3 TD's in the game. He ran for 160 yards via 19 carries which had him averaging 8.4 yards per carry. Robert Ferrel was the receiving yardage leader with a tally of 144 yards on 7 receptions. He averaged 20.6 yards per reception during the game. Cameron Ward went 33/59 with 431 yards passing and added 2 TD's. He tossed 1 pick in the game. The Incarnate Word Cardinals ran the ball 31 times and racked up 196 yards earning them an average of 6.3 yards per carry. For the contest, the Cardinals earned 29 first downs and they had a total of 11 infractions for 129 yards. For the game, they finished with a total of 90 plays for a total of 627 yards.
On the defensive side of the ball, Incarnate Word allowed 34 catches on 61 tries for a total of 477 yards, and a completion percentage of 56.0%. Overall, they conceded 707 yards and forced 2 turnovers. On the ground, the Cardinals allowed 230 yards on 31 runs which gave them an average of 7.4 yards per attempt allowed.
Holding an average of 26:44 minutes per game of ball control, the Cardinals have earned 32 TDs as well as 238 points for the season. When looking at the points being put on the board, the Cardinals are scoring 47.6 points per game. They have accumulated 49 first downs by way of the rush and 82 passing first downs on the campaign.
Who will win tonight's FCS game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Sam Houston State (-13.5)
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