South Dakota State Jackrabbits (10-2) at North Dakota State Bison (13-0)
|Date & Time||Friday December 14, 2018, 8:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: North Dakota State Bison -7.5 -- Over/Under: 52.5
The South Dakota State Jackrabbits and North Dakota State Bison meet Friday in the college football FCS semifinals at the Fargodome.
The South Dakota State Jackrabbits have a chance to make the championship game and are fresh off beating Kennesaw State by 10 points. The South Dakota State Jackrabbits have won three of their last five road games. Taryn Christion is completing 59.6 percent of his passes for 2,840 yards, 30 touchdowns and seven interceptions. Christion has two or more touchdown passes in four of his last six games. Cade Johnson and Adam Anderson have combined for 1,945 receiving yards and 23 touchdowns while Blake Kunz has 18 receptions. The South Dakota State Jackrabbits ground game is averaging 234.7 yards per contest, and Pierre Strong leads the way with 981 yards and 10 touchdowns. Defensively, South Dakota State is allowing 20.5 points and 367.2 yards per game. C. Rozeboom leads the South Dakota State Jackrabbits with 94 tackles, Ryan Earith has 5.5 sacks and Zy Mosley has four interceptions.
The North Dakota State Bison look for another championship appearance and just destroyed Colgate, 35-0. The North Dakota State Bison haven’t lost a home game since the 2016 semifinals against James Madison. Easton Stick is completing 60.7 percent of his passes for 2,385 yards, 25 touchdowns and five interceptions. Stick has three or more touchdown passes in five of his last nine games. Darrius Shepherd and Dallas Freeman have combined for 1,224 receiving yards and eight touchdowns while Nate Jenson has 13 receptions. The North Dakota State Bison ground game is averaging 274.2 yards per contest, and Bruce Anderson leads the way with 845 yards and seven touchdowns. Defensively, North Dakota State is allowing 11.1 points and 278.8 yards per game. Jabril Cox leads the North Dakota State Bison with 84 tackles, Greg Menard has eight sacks and Robbie Grimsley has five interceptions.
The South Dakota State Jackrabbits have the experience of playing at the Fargodome, as they played there back in early September and actually held their own, losing by just four points. While that does give them an advantage this time around, the problem I have with the Jackrabbits is they haven't been the same team on the road as they are at home. It's also different playing North Dakota State in the playoffs than the regular season, and their last three victories are being won by an average of 41.6 points. The North Dakota State Bison are heating up at the right time, and we've seen in the past just how tough this avalanche is to stop once it gets going. I made the mistake of taking the points last week, fading the Bison. Not here. I'm back on the North Dakota State Bison bandwagon in a double-digit victory.