North Dakota Fighting Hawks at James Madison Dukes
College Football: Sunday, May 2, 2021 at 9:00 pm (Bridgeforth Stadium)
The Line: James Madison -2.5 -- Over/Under: 52.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The James Madison Dukes and North Dakota Fighting Hawks face off on Sunday in an FCS playoff game at Bridgeforth Stadium.
James Madison being seeded lower was a bit of a shock to many, but that isn’t something that be looked upon now, as they try to find playoff success. In the first round of the playoffs, James Madison faced off with VMI and it was James Madison that was able to come away with a 31-24 victory. James Madison gave up 14 points in the 4th quarter and that made it closer, but the Dukes were still able to come away with the victory. At quarterback, James Madison is led by Cole Johnson and in the last game he threw for 204 yards and tow touchdowns, but he also threw two interceptions ind the turnovers can’t be an issue in this game or they could be defeated.
On the other side of this matchup is the North Dakota Fighting Hawks who have had quite the impressive season coming into this game. In the last game against Missouri State, North Dakota put up 44 points and that led to the blowout victory. Tommy Schuster is under center for North Dakota and in the last game he completed 13 of his 18 passes for 223 yards and two touchdowns. Otis Weah was also strong on the ground rushing 13 times for 64 yards and a touchdown. In this game, North Dakota is going to need the defense to be strong or this could be a long game. Two games ago, North Dakota only scored 13 points against the North Dakota State Bison and that led to the defeat.
James Madison is the better team and I think this will be a game where the North Dakota defense is going to really struggle. James Madison is going to take advantage and that will lead to the Dukes winning this game and covering the spread.