Youngstown State vs. James Madison - 1/7/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Youngstown State Penguins (12-3) vs. James Madison Dukes (13-1)
College Football: Saturday, January 7, 2016 at 12:00 pm (Toyota Stadium)
The Line: James Madison -2.5 -- Over/Under: 66 See the Latest Odds
The Youngstown State Penguins and James Madison Dukes meet Saturday afternoon in the FCS Championship at Toyota Stadium on ESPN2.
The Youngstown State Penguins enter this game on a six-game winning streak after beating Eastern Washington. The Youngstown State Penguins have a shot at their first FCS championship title. Hunter Wells is completing 63.3 percent of his passes for 1,443 yards, nine touchdowns and four interceptions. Wells has six touchdown passes in his last three games. Alvin Bailey and Darien Townsend have combined for 968 receiving yards and nine touchdowns while Jody Webb has 27 receptions. The Youngstown State Penguins ground game is averaging 257.5 yards per contest, and Webb leads the way with 1,301 yards and six touchdowns. Defensively, Youngstown State is allowing 19.4 points and 324.5 yards per game. Armand Dellovade leads the Youngstown State Penguins with 98 tackles, Derek Rivers has 14 sacks and LeRoy Alexander has four interceptions.
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The James Madison Dukes enter this game on an 11-game winning streak after beating North Dakota State. The James Madison Dukes look for their second national title and first since the 2004 CFB season. Bryan Schor is completing 73.6 percent of his passes for 2,890 yards, 27 touchdowns and six interceptions. Schor has three games of four or more touchdown passes. Brandon Ravenel and Terrence Alls have combined for 1,295 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns while Domo Taylor has 34 receptions. The James Madison Dukes ground game is averaging 284.5 yards per contest, and Khalid Abdullah leads the way with 1,708 yards and 20 touchdowns. Defensively, James Madison is allowing 21.7 points and 348 yards per game. Gage Steele leads the James Madison Dukes with 98 tackles, Martez Stone has four sacks and Raven Greene has six interceptions.
The James Madison Dukes have been the most consistent team in the FCS this season and are fresh off pulling off the impossible, which is beating North Dakota State on the road in a playoff game. James Madison's only loss this season was a road game against North Carolina and has an offense that's sure to give Youngstown State issues. The Youngstown State Penguins can give up points, as they've allowed 23 or more points in five of their last seven games. The James Madison Dukes are argubaly the most balanced offensive team in the FCS.
Give me the Dukes to win the FCS Championship.