Sacred Heart Pioneers at Duquesne Dukes
College Football: Sunday, April 11, 2021 at 2:00 pm (Duquesne Rooney Athletic Field)
The Line: Duquesne Dukes -3 -- Over/Under: 49.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Sacred Heart Pioneers and Duquesne Dukes meet Sunday in the week 9 FCS college football NEC Championship at Duquesne Rooney Athletic Field.
The Sacred Heart Pioneers look for a win to build on their 2-1 record. Marquez McCray is completing 63.8 percent of his passes for 592 yards, five touchdowns and two interceptions. Naseim Brantley and Rob DiNota have combined for 219 receiving yards and two touchdowns while Kenneth Womack has eight receptions. The Sacred Heart Pioneers ground game is averaging 233.3 yards per contest, and Julius Chestnut leads the way with 544 yards and seven touchdowns. Defensively, Sacred Heart is allowing 15.3 points and 265.3 yards per game. Chris Outterbridge leads the Sacred Heart Pioneers with 24 tackles, Rayshad Wallace has two sacks and Salaam Horne has one interception.
The Duquesne Dukes look for another win to build on their impressive 4-0 record. Joe Mischler is completing 68.8 percent of his passes for 860 yards, six touchdowns and three interceptions. Cyrus Holder and Davie Henderson have combined for 581 receiving yards and four touchdowns while Joey Isabella has 11 receptions. The Duquesne Dukes ground game is averaging 179.3 yards per contest, and Garrett Owens leads the way with 403 yards and five touchdowns. Defensively, Duquesne is allowing 13.5 points and 308 yards per game. Leandro DeBrito leads the Duquesne Dukes with 34 tackles, Todd Hill has one sack and Spencer DeMedal has two interceptions.
These teams met back in early March and the Duquesne Dukes won by three points, as the Sacred Heart Pioneers committed 11 penalties and had issues getting off the field defensively. You can argue Duquesne is a better team than it was a month ago, as the offense has gotten sharper and the defense continues to be highly impressive. The Duquesne Dukes are allowing an average of nine points in their last three games, which includes a shutout victory over Wagner. I'm just not confident Sacred Heart can play disciplined football or get off the field in key situations to win a game of this magnitude.
Give me the Duquesne Dukes and the reasonable chalk.