Sam Houston State Bearkats vs South Dakota State Jackrabbits Prediction, 5/16/2021 FCS Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Sam Houston State Bearkats vs South Dakota State Jackrabbits
Date: Sunday, May 16, 2021
Location: Toyota Stadium in Frisco, TX
Odds/Point Spread: Sam Houston State (+1.5)
The South Dakota State Jackrabbits (8-1) host the Sam Houston State Bearkats (9-0) at Toyota Stadium on Sunday. South Dakota State opens this matchup as 1.5-point favorites. The over/under is set at 45.5.
In their last game the Bearkats took on the James Madison Dukes and notched a win by a score of 38-35. Eric Schmid went 13/27 with 218 yards through the air and tossed 1 TD. He gave away 2 interceptions in the game. Ramon Jefferson led the team on the ground during the game. His longest run of the day went for 10 yards and he notched 1 TD for the game. He rushed for a total of 60 yards on 15 carries which meant he averaged 4.0 yards per run. Jequez Ezzard was the receiving yardage leader with a total of 107 yards on 4 catches. He earned an average of 26.8 yards per reception during the game. The Sam Houston State Bearkats ran the football 30 times and racked up a total of 118 yards which gave them an average of 3.9 yards per carry. Overall, they ran 57 plays for 336 yards. In the game, the Bearkats earned 18 first downs and they totaled 5 penalties for 49 yards.
In terms of defense, Sam Houston State gave up 16 completions on 27 throws totaling 271 yards, and a completion percentage of 59.0%. Against the run, the Bearkats gave up 159 yards on 50 carries which means they had an average of 3.2 yards per rushing attempt allowed. For the game, they allowed a total of 430 yards and earned 2 turnovers.
Sam Houston State has earned 269 total points and has compiled 32 touchdowns, while averaging 30:14 minutes of ball control per game. Concerning putting points on the board, the Sam Houston State Bearkats have an average of 44.8 PPG. In terms of resetting the downs, Sam Houston State has compiled 77 first downs via the pass and 54 first downs via the ground.
In their last game the Jackrabbits played the Delaware Blue Hens and earned the win by a score of 33-3. Pierre Strong Jr. led the team on the ground for the game. He broke a long run for 11 yards and he ran for 1 TD for the game. He rushed for 73 yards on 14 carries which means he ran for an average of 5.2 yards per run. Jaxon Janke led the team in receiving yardage by racking up 64 yards on 3 receptions. He earned an average of 21.3 yards per reception for the game. Mark Gronowski went 10/16 with 162 yards passing and completed 2 TD's. He finished this contest without throwing a pick. The South Dakota State Jackrabbits ended up running the ball 32 times and generated 168 yards giving them an average of 5.3 yards per rush. For the game, the Jackrabbits earned a total of 17 first downs and they totaled 0 penalties for 0 yards. In all, they ran 49 plays for a total of 354 yards.
In terms of defense, South Dakota State allowed 19 completions on 23 tries totaling 148 yards, and a completion percentage of 83.0%. In the game, they conceded a total of 216 yards but weren't able to add any takeaways. On the ground, the Jackrabbits allowed 68 yards on 45 carries which gave them an average of 1.5 yards per rushing attempt allowed.
With an average of 30:35 mins per game when it comes to time of possession, the Jackrabbits have notched 29 TDs and 238 points over the course of the season. When looking at how much they score, the Jackrabbits are scoring 29.8 points per contest. They have earned 90 first downs on the ground in addition to 58 passing first downs over the course of the season.
Who will win tonight's FCS game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Sam Houston State (+1.5)
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