Southern Illinois Salukis vs Youngstown State Penguins Prediction, 3/6/2021 FCS Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Southern Illinois Salukis vs Youngstown State Penguins
Date: Saturday, March 6, 2021
Location: Stambaugh Stadium in Youngstown, OH
Odds/Point Spread: Southern Illinois (-7.5)
The Southern Illinois Salukis (2-1) go to Stambaugh Stadium on Saturday where they'll take on the Youngstown State Penguins (0-2). The spread on this game has Southern Illinois as 7.5-point favorites. The total opens at 43.5.
The last time they took the field the Salukis faced the North Dakota State Bison and won 38-14. Nic Baker went 17/23 with 254 yards passing and added 1 touchdown. He ended the game without an interception. Romeir Elliott paced the team in rushing for that game. His longest run of the day went for 20 yards and he added 2 touchdowns for the contest. He ran for 89 yards on 18 carries which means he ran for an average of 4.9 yards per tote. Avante Cox led the team in receiving yardage with a tally of 138 yards on 7 catches. He notched an average of 19.7 yards per catch for that game. The Southern Illinois Salukis ended up rushing 48 times and earned a total of 170 yards earning them an average of 3.5 yards per attempt. In all, they ran 72 plays which gave them a total of 443 yards. On the day, the Salukis racked up 25 first downs and they totaled 3 penalties for 17 yards.
On the defensive side of the ball, Southern Illinois allowed 13 completions on 24 attempts totaling 159 yards, and a completion percentage of 54.0%. In the running game, the Salukis allowed 109 yards on 21 carries which gave them an average of 5.2 yards per carry allowed. For the game, they gave up a total of 268 yards and earned 2 turnovers.
Southern Illinois has recorded 60 total points and has accumulated 2 touchdowns, while sporting an average of 29:36 minutes of ball control per outing. When talking about scoring points, the Southern Illinois Salukis have an average of 20.0 points per outing. When it comes to getting first downs, Southern Illinois has earned 7 passing first downs and 12 first downs via the ground.
In their last game the Penguins played the Northern Iowa Panthers and lost 21-0. Jaleel McLaughlin led the team on the ground for the game. His longest run of the day went for 10 yards but wasn't able to convert a rushing touchdown. He ran for 38 yards via 8 carries which gave him an average of 4.8 yards per run. Jake Benio led the team in receiving yardage by earning 41 yards on 4 receptions. He notched an average of 10.3 yards per reception for the game. Mark Waid went 8/10 with 33 yards through the air but wasn't able to throw a ball for a TD. He finished the game without throwing an interception. The Youngstown State Penguins ended up rushing 24 times and generated 71 yards which had them averaging 3.0 yards per rush. On the day, the Penguins racked up 9 1st downs and they totaled 3 penalties for 25 yards. In the game, they ran 43 plays which gave them a total of 135 yards.
When discussing the defense, Youngstown State allowed 15 completions on 30 attempts totaling 183 yards, and a completion percentage of 50.0%. For this contest, they gave up 374 yards and forced 1 turnover. In the running game, the Penguins allowed 191 yards on 43 attempts which means they had an average of 4.4 yards per rushing attempt allowed.
Recording an average of 28:15 mins per game of ball control, the Penguins have accumulated 1 TD in addition to 7 points for the year. Regarding their scoring prowess, the Penguins hold an average of 3.5 PPG. They have amassed 6 first downs on the ground as well as 15 first downs by way of the pass so far this year.
Who will win tonight's FCS game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Southern Illinois (-7.5)
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