Missouri State (3-1) vs. North Dakota State (4-0)
|Date & Time||Saturday October 8, 2016, 3:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Missouri State +27.5 -- Over/Under: 47.5
The North Dakota State Bison and Missouri State Bears square off Saturday afternoon at the Plaster Sports Complex on ESPN3.
The North Dakota State Bison look for their second road victory of the season to improve to a solid 5-0 overall. Easton Stick is completing 64.4 percent of his passes for 831 yards, eight touchdowns and two interceptions. Stick has been very effective through the air in his first full season. Darrius Shepherd and RJ Urzendowski have combined for 375 receiving yards and four touchdowns while Lance Dunn has six receptions. The North Dakota State Bison ground game is averaging 235.8 yards per contest, and King Frazier leads the way with 293 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, North Dakota State is allowing 23 points and 347.5 yards per game. Robbie Grimsley leads the North Dakota State Bison with 27 tackles, Greg Menard has 3.5 sacks and MJ Stumpf has one interception.
The Missouri State Bears look to remain unbeaten at home and improve to 4-1 overall this season. Breck Ruddick is completing 65.4 percent of his passes for 424 yards, four touchdowns and one interception. Ruddick and Brodie Lambert have combined for seven touchdown passes. Malik Earl and Deion Holliman have combined for 408 receiving yards and three touchdowns while Zac Hoover has seven receptions. The Missouri State Bears ground game is averaging 179.8 yards per contest, and Calan Crowder leads the way with 266 yards and four touchdowns. Defensively, Missouri State is allowing 20.2 points and 299 yards per game. Dylan Cole leads the Missouri State Bears with 35 tackles, Colby Isbell has 3.5 sacks and McNeece Egbim has one interception.
This is a lot of points to give a Missouri State team that just beat a very good Indiana State club on the road last week. North Dakota State also exactly beating the breaks off of it's competition, as the Bison have played a few overtime games and seem to be skating by at times. Also, you know Missouri State is going to have extra motivation for this game after getting waxed by the Bison last year by an ugly score of 55-0.
I'll take my chances with the home team and the four free touchdowns.