New Hampshire vs. South Dakota State - 12/9/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
New Hampshire Wildcats (9-4) vs. South Dakota State Jackrabbits (10-2)
College Football: Saturday, December 9, 2017 at 3:00 pm (Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium)
The Line: South Dakota State Jackrabbits -18 -- Over/Under: 51 See the Latest Odds
The New Hampshire Wildcats and South Dakota State Jackrabbits meet Saturday in the college football playoff quarterfinals at Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium.
The New Hampshire Wildcats have a chance to reach the semifinals after beating Central Arkansas, 21-15. The New Hampshire Wildcats have lost four of their last six road games. Trevor Knight is completing 62.4 percent of his passes for 3,197 yards, 25 touchdowns and eight interceptions. Knight must continue to take care of the football for the Wildcats to have a chance. Neil O'Connor and Malik Love have combined for 2,045 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns while Kieran Presley has 29 receptions. The New Hampshire Wildcats ground game is averaging 101.9 yards per contest, and Evan Gray leads the way with 590 yards and seven touchdowns. Defensively, New Hampshire is allowing 18.8 points and 353.2 yards per game. Quinlen Dean leads the New Hampshire Wildcats with 118 tackles, Rick Holt has nine sacks and Isiah Perkins has five interceptions.
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The South Dakota State Jackrabbits look to reach the semifinals after beating Northern Iowa, 37-22. The South Dakota State Jackrabbits have won six of their last seven home games. Taryn Christion is completing 60.6 percent of his passes for 3,091 yards, 31 touchdowns and eight interceptions. Christion has at least two touchdown passes in each of his last eight games. Dallas Goedert and Jake Wieneke have combined for 1,769 receiving yards and 19 touchdowns while Cade Johnson has 23 receptions. The South Dakota State Jackrabbits ground game is averaging 174 yards per contest, and Brady Mengarelli leads the way with 734 yards and six touchdowns. Defensively, South Dakota State is allowing 22.5 points and 375.9 yards per game. Christian Rozeboom leads the South Dakota State Jackrabbits with 113 tackles, Ryan Earith has four sacks and Jordan Brown has three interceptions.
The New Hampshire Wildcats have had their struggles on the road this season, and they're running into an offensive machine in the South Dakota State Jackrabbits. This will not be an easy game for New Hampshire to say the least, but it's a team that already knocked off Central Arkansas on the road, so it's had success playing with house money. We'll see what the line is when it comes out.
Update: This line is pretty much where I thought it would be, as New Hampshire has really had a hard time on the road and is now running into a South Dakota State squad that can score quickly and often once it gets its groove going. It's going to be tough for the Wildcats to keep up here, and the ground game must get going if this is going to be a game. Either way, I lean more towards the Jackrabbits winning in a blowout.