North Dakota vs. South Dakota State College Football Picks, Odds, Predictions 2/27/21

North Dakota vs. South Dakota State College Football Picks, Odds, Predictions 2/27/21 Photo by Jennifer Buchanan-USA TODAY Sports

South Dakota State Jackrabbits (1-0) vs North Dakota Hawks (1-0)

College Football: Saturday, Feburary 27th at 1:00 PM

The Line: South Dakota State -7 -- Over/Under: 48 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The North Dakota Fighting Hawks and South Dakota State Jackrabbits face off on Saturday in a Week 3 FCS College Football showdown at Alerus Center. 

There weren’t a whole lot of expectations coming into this game for the North Dakota Fighting Hawks. But maybe after the first game, that should change. North Dakota State faced off with Southern Illinois in the first game and it was an impressive offensive showing, as the offense ran up the score putting up 44 points and that was the difference. The offense put up 21 points in the third quarter and that was enough as the Fighting Hawks came away with a 44-21 victory. Tommy Schuster was under center for North Dakota finishing with 118 yards and three touchdowns. Running back Otis Weah had a big game rushing 13 times for 91 yards and a touchdown. Luke Skokna also had a big game rushing nine times for 70 yards and a touchdown. The defense gave up 21 points total and the defense will need to be strong in this game. 

On the other side of this matchup is the South Dakota State Jackrabbits who faced off with Northern Iowa in the first game and they were able to win 24-20. South Dakota State jumped out to a fast start and at half time they were up 17-7. In the second half they weren’t as strong, but they were still able to win 24-20. Mark Gronowski had a big game under center for the Jackrabbits finishing the game throwing for 194 yards and two touchdowns. Pierre Strong Jr. had a big game on the ground rushing 22 times for 91 yards. Wide receiver Zach Heins also had a big game catching five passes for 90 yards. In this game for South Dakota State, it’s going to be about the defense and not letting their foot off the gas in the second half. 

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North Dakota looked impressive in the first game, and I expect their offense is going to be able to find success again in this game. North Dakota might not find enough success to win this game but they will cover the spread. Back North Dakota against the spread. 

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Shane’s Pick North Dakota State +7

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

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