CFB: North Dakota State vs. Central Arkansas College Football Picks, Odds, and Predictions 10/3/20

CFB: North Dakota State vs. Central Arkansas College Football Picks, Odds, and Predictions 10/3/20 Photo by Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Central Arkansas Bears (2-1) vs. North Dakota State Bison (0-0)

College Football: Saturday, October 3, 2020 at 3:30 pm (Fargodome)

The Line: North Dakota State Bison -23 -- Over/Under: Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Central Arkansas Bears and North Dakota State Bison meet Saturday in week 5 college football action at Gate City Bank Field at the Fargodome.

The Central Arkansas Bears look for a statement victory to build on their 2-1 start to the CFB season. The Central Arkansas Bears have won five of their last eight road games. Breylin Smith is completing 50.4 percent of his passes for 555 yards, five touchdowns and four interceptions. Smith has to take better care of the football if the Bears are going to stand a chance in this game. Tyler Hudson and Lujuan Winningham have combined for 300 receiving yards and four touchdowns while Tobias Enlow has four receptions. The Central Arkansas Bears ground game is averaging 125 yards per contest, and Kierre Crossley leads the way with 217 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, Central Arkansas is allowing 27.3 points and 361 yards per game. Dre Matthews leads the Central Arkansas Bears with 22 tackles, Jalen Bedell has 2.5 sacks and Malik Wilson has one interception.

The North Dakota State Bison will make their season debut here after winning another title and going 16-0 in the process. The North Dakota State Bison are 19-0 SU at home the last two seasons. Star quarterback Trey Lance returns for the Bison after throwing for 2,786 yards and 28 touchdowns while leading NDSU with 1,100 rushing yards. North Dakota State also has its top two receivers back in Christian Watson and Pheonix Sproles, a duo that combined for over 1,200 receiving yards and eight touchdowns. The North Dakota State Bison averaged 37.2 points per game last season and should have similar numbers this year with the returning production. Defensively, Jackson Hankey returns after leading the Bison with 127 tackles, Spencer Waege had 5.5 sacks and Michael Tutsie had seven interceptions. While North Dakota State doesn’t return its entire team from last season, there’s more than enough here to suggest the Bison are once again the team to beat in the FCS ranks.

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The North Dakota State Bison return the bulk of last years roster and are obviously the team to beat in the FCS when playing to their full potential. The problem is this is the first game of the season for the Bison, and we have no idea what to expect in terms of rust and how they'll come out firing on all cylinders. The Central Arkansas Bears are far from a cakewalk, as they won nine games last season and gave Tulsa a run for their money a couple of years ago. Central Arkansas also has three games under its belt to kind of find a rhythm. 

I'll take the points with the Central Arkansas Bears.

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Randy’s Pick Central Arkansas Bears +23

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.

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