Eastern Washington Eagles (12-2) vs. North Dakota State Bison (14-0)
|Date & Time||Saturday January 5, 2019, 12:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: North Dakota State Bison -13.5 -- Over/Under: 60.5
The Eastern Washington Eagles and North Dakota State Bison meet Saturday in the FCS Championship at Toyota Stadium.
The Eastern Washington Eagles have a chance to win their second national championship in school history and first since the 2010 season. The Eastern Washington Eagles have won four of their last six non-home games. Eric Barriere is completing 61.8 percent of his passes for 2,252 yards, 24 touchdowns and seven interceptions. Barriere has two or more touchdown passes in five of his last seven games. Nsimba Webster and Andrew Boston have combined for 1,818 receiving yards and 15 touchdowns while Jayson Williams has 24 receptions. The Eastern Washington Eagles ground game is averaging 263 yards per contest, and Sam McPherson leads the way with 1,352 yards and 12 touchdowns. Defensively, Eastern Washington is allowing 21.5 points and 385.6 yards per game. Ketner Kupp leads the Eastern Washington Eagles with 104 tackles, Mitchell Johnson has 4.5 sacks and Josh Lewis has five interceptions.
The North Dakota State Bison have a chance to win their 15th national championship in school history and seventh since the 2011 season. The North Dakota State Bison have won all four non-home games this season. Easton Stick is completing 61.8 percent of his passes for 2,554 yards, 26 touchdowns and five interceptions. Stick has three or more touchdown passes in five of his last 10 games. Darrius Shepherd and Dallas Freeman have combined for 1,303 receiving yards and eight touchdowns while Nate Jenson has 14 receptions. The North Dakota State Bison ground game is averaging 285.9 yards per contest, and Bruce Anderson leads the way with 924 yards and nine touchdowns. Defensively, North Dakota State is allowing 11.8 points and 284.4 yards per game. Jabril Cox leads the North Dakota State Bison with 88 tackles, Greg Menard has eight sacks and Robbie Grimsley has six interceptions.
The Eastern Washington Eagles are a more than respectable team for the Bison and have a quarterback in Barriere, who just lit Maine on fire and is capable of putting up big numbers. The Eagles are capable of giving the Bison a run here with a high powered offense that's scored 50 or more points in three of their last five games. The problem is the North Dakota State Bison have been here done that in terms of big games and each of their last 10 games have been won by 10 or more points. In three playoff games, the North Dakota State Bison are winning by an average of 33.3 points. It's just been beatdown after beatdown for the Bison and that's when you usually don't step in front of teams and just continue to ride the money train. I'm going to take North Dakota State in another comfortable victory.