Colgate Raiders (10-1) at North Dakota State Bison (12-0)
|Date & Time||Saturday December 8, 2018, 12:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: North Dakota State Bison -21.5 -- Over/Under: 41.5
The Colgate Raiders and North Dakota State Bison meet Saturday in the college football FCS quarterfinals at the Fargodome.
The Colgate Raiders have won 10 of their last 11 games and are coming off a win over James Madison. The Colgate Raiders have won five of their last six road games. Grant Breneman is completing 63.9 percent of his passes for 1,537 yards, six touchdowns and three interceptions. Breneman has one or less touchdown passes in each of his last nine games. Owen Rockett and Owen Buscaglia have combined for 995 receiving yards and three touchdowns while Thomas Ives has 14 receptions. The Colgate Raiders ground game is averaging 199.8 yards per contest, and James Holland leads the way with 1,154 yards and 12 touchdowns. Defensively, Colgate is allowing seven points and 219 yards per game. T.J. Holl leads the Colgate Raiders with 105 tackles, Nick Wheeler has eight sacks and Tyler Castillo has six interceptions.
The North Dakota State Bison are once again making another deep postseason run and are fresh off a win over Montana State. The North Dakota State Bison have won all nine home games this season. Easton Stick is completing 59.6 percent of his passes for 2,180 yards, 22 touchdowns and five interceptions. Stick has three or more touchdown passes in four of his last eight games. Darrius Shepherd and Dallas Freeman have combined for 1,152 receiving yards and seven touchdowns while Nate Jenson has 12 receptions. The North Dakota State Bison ground game is averaging 277.2 yards per contest, and Lance Dunn leads the way with 806 yards and 12 touchdowns. Defensively, North Dakota State is allowing 12 points and 289 yards per game. Jabril Cox leads the North Dakota State Bison with 78 tackles, Greg Menard has 7.5 sacks and Robbie Grimsley has five interceptions.
We all know the North Dakota State Bison are the team to beat every year and even putting up a fight at the Fargodome is no easy task. When the Bison get rolling and that crowd gets into it, things can spiral out of control quickly. With that said, this is a lot of points to give a good Colgate Raiders squad that runs the ball well, chews up clock and plays elite defense. Colgate gives up nothing easy, rushes the passer well and gets off the field on third down. Sure, North Dakota State will be Colgate's toughest task yet, but this line is too steep for my taste. I believe in this Colgate defense to hang around within the number.