Kennesaw State Owls (12-1) vs. Sam Houston State Bearkats (11-1)
College Football: Saturday, December 9, 2017 at 8:30 pm (Bowers Stadium)
The Line: Sam Houston State Bearkats +2 -- Over/Under: 64 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Kennesaw State Owls and Sam Houston State Bearkats meet Saturday in the college football playoff quarterfinals at Bowers Stadium.
The Kennesaw State Owls have a chance to reach the semifinals after beating Jacksonville State, 17-7. The Kennesaw State Owls have won five of their last six road games. Chandler Burks is completing 48.9 percent of his passes for 1,187 yards, eight touchdowns and two interceptions. Burks is averaging 91.3 passing yards per game this season. Justin Sumpter and TJ Reed have combined for 642 receiving yards and six touchdowns while Xavier Harper has nine receptions. The Kennesaw State Owls ground game is averaging 328.5 yards per contest, and Burks leads the way with 1,060 yards and 17 touchdowns. Defensively, Kennesaw State is allowing 14.1 points and 287.5 yards per game. Bryson Armstrong leads the Kennesaw State Owls with 109 tackles, Justin Murcus has four sacks and Taylor Henkle has three interceptions.
The Sam Houston State Bearkats look to reach the semifinals after beating South Dakota, 54-42. The Sam Houston State Bearkats are a perfect 7-0 on their home field this season. Jeremiah Briscoe is completing 57.3 percent of his passes for 4,398 yards, 41 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. Briscoe is averaging 366.5 passing yards per game this season. Davion Davis and Nathan Stewart have combined for 2,606 receiving yards and 29 touchdowns while Yedidiah Louis has 57 receptions. The Sam Houston State Bearkats ground game is averaging 185.5 yards per contest, and Cory Avery leads the way with 939 yards and 13 touchdowns. Defensively, Sam Houston State is allowing 29.6 points and 436 yards per game. Justin Johnson leads the Sam Houston State Bearkats with 89 tackles, Chris Stewart has 11 sacks and Josh Price has two interceptions.
This is going to be a fun clash of styles, as Kennesaw State wants to run the ball and shorten the game for the defense, while Sam Houston State spreads the ball across the field and has topped 40 points in four straight games. Regardless, we should see a boatload of points scored in this game. Of course, we'll break this thing down more once a line is released.
Update: We're getting two free points with the home team that hasn't lost at its home field this season and has the better passing attack. If the Owls get down early, it's not going to be easy to rebound with such a run heavy offense. I'll take a shot with the two points and the Bearkats here.