Sam Houston State vs North Dakota State College Football Picks, Odds, Predictions 5/2/21

Sam Houston State vs North Dakota State College Football Picks, Odds, Predictions 5/2/21 Photo by Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

North Dakota State Bison at Sam Houston State Bearkats

College Football: Sunday, May 2, 2021 at 3:00 pm (Bowers Stadium)

The Line: Sam Houston State Bearkats +3 -- Over/Under: 47.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The North Dakota State Bison and Sam Houston State Bearkats meet Sunday in the college football NCAA Division I Quarterfinal at Bowers Stadium.

The North Dakota State Bison look for another win after beating Eastern Washington last week. Zeb Noland is completing 51 percent of his passes for 721 yards, five touchdowns and six interceptions. Noland and Cam Miller have combined for seven touchdowns and seven interceptions. Christian Watson and Josh Babicz have combined for 573 receiving yards and three touchdowns while Noah Gindorff has 11 receptions. The North Dakota State Bison ground game is averaging 227.1 yards per contest, and Dominic Gonnella leads the way with 449 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, North Dakota State is allowing 18.4 points and 305 yards per game. James Kaczor leads the North Dakota State Bison with 70 tackles, Eli Mostaert has 4.5 sacks and Dom Jones has three interceptions.

The Sam Houston State Bearkats look for another win after beating Monmouth last week. Eric Schmid is completing 62 percent of his passes for 2,021 yards, 14 touchdowns and seven interceptions. Cody Chrest and Jequez Ezzard have combined for 942 receiving yards and seven touchdowns while Ice Adeyi has 18 receptions. The Sam Houston State Bearkats ground game is averaging 186.7 yards per contest, and Ramon Jefferson leads the way with 475 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, Sam Houston is allowing 17.5 points and 358.5 yards per game. Trevor Williams leads the Sam Houston State Bearkats with 48 tackles, Jahari Kay has 5.5 sacks and Tristin McCollum has one interception.

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The North Dakota State Bison aren't as good as they've been in years past, but they still get after it defensively and we all know what they're capable of come playoff time. North Dakota State is a program that just retools and competes for titles, and their history usually gets the benefit of the doubt from oddsmakers and bettors. With that said, the Sam Houston State Bearkats are unbeaten on the season and they've allowed no more than 17 points in each of their last six games. Sam Houston State's total offense per game is also the highest of any team left in the FCS quarterfinals. 

Give me the Bearkats and the free points.

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Randy’s Pick Sam Houston State Bearkats +3

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