Charleston Southern vs. North Dakota State - 8/27/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
North Dakota State (0-0) vs. Charleston Southern (0-0)
College Football: Saturday, August 27, 2016 at 7:30 pm (Fargodome)
The Line: North Dakota State -17.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Charleston Southern Buccaneers and North Dakota State Bison open the season Saturday night at Fargodome on ESPN.
The Charleston Southern Buccaneers look to build on their impressive 10-3 record in 2015 in which they were Big South Champions. Jamey Chadwell enters his fourth year with the club and hopes this team is good enough to get back to the FCS playoffs. Kyle Copeland will take over at quarterback after completing 59.6 percent of his passes for five touchdowns last season. Darius Hammond and Mike Holloway create a two-headed monster at running back that produced 19 touchdowns while Kenny Dinkins and Colton Korn return as experienced receivers. Defensively, the Charleston Southern Buccaneers are led by Anthony Ellis and Solomon Brown, two of the better defensive players in the Big South.
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The North Dakota State Bison have owned the FCS since 2011 and are 28-3 in two seasons under coach Chris Klieman. Although they have to replace a few key guys, the Bison are still the team to beat on this side of college football. Easton Stick will have the tall task of replacing Carson Wentz at quarterback, an experienced player who went 8-0 last season replacing the first round pick. King Frazier returns as a 1,000-yard rusher last season while RJ Urzendowski and Darrius Shepherd are back as the top two receivers for the Bison. NDSU averaged 35 points per game last season and returns majority of the players who made it possible. Defensively, the North Dakota State Bison are led by leading tackler Nick DeLuca and playmaker Greg Menard.
Replacing Wentz won't be that difficult considering Stick played a ton last season and led the Bison to an 8-0 record. NDSU is also loaded on both sides of the ball with key players who led the Bison to another FCS crown. Fargodome is also one of the tougher places to play, a place where NDSU has won five straight games by double digits.
Charleston Southern is a solid team and has playmakers, but the Bison are another level, especially at home.
I'll eat the chalk, something I don't do often.