North Dakota State Bison (5-0) at Western Illinois Leathernecks (2-3)
|Date & Time||Saturday October 13, 2018, 7:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Western Illinois Leathernecks +19.5 -- Over/Under: 55.5
The North Dakota State Bison and Western Illinois Leathernecks meet Saturday in college football action at Hanson Field.
The North Dakota State Bison look to improve to 6-0 on the season with their second road victory. The North Dakota State Bison have won five of their last six road games. Easton Stick is completing 56.3 percent of his passes for 851 yards, nine touchdowns and one interception. Stick has eight touchdown passes in his last three games. Darrius Shepherd and Dallas Freeman have combined for 517 receiving yards and four touchdowns while Bruce Anderson has four receptions. The North Dakota State Bison ground game is averaging 288.2 yards per contest, and Anderson leads the way with 492 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, North Dakota State is allowing 13.6 points and 278.4 yards per game. Robbie Grimsley leads the North Dakota State Bison with 38 tackles, Cole Karcz has 4.5 sacks and Jabril Cox has two interceptions.
The Western Illinois Leathernecks look for their first home win of the season to get back to a .500 record. The Western Illinois Leathernecks have won four of their last six home games. Sean Maguire is completing 58.5 percent of his passes for 1,344 yards, 13 touchdowns and six interceptions. Maguire has two or more touchdown passes in all five games this season. John Brunner and Tony Tate have combined for 607 receiving yards and four touchdowns while Clint Ratkovich has 18 receptions. The Western Illinois Leathernecks ground game is averaging 94.4 yards per contest, and Clint McShane leads the way with 274 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, Western Illinois is allowing 31.6 points and 348 yards per game. Quentin Mood leads the Western Illinois Leathernecks with 55 tackles, Pete Swenson has four sacks and Zach Muniz has two interceptions.
We all know the North Dakota State Bison are the team to beat on the FCS level and are outscoring teams by 26.8 points this season. However, the Western Illinois Leathernecks are playing solid football in their own right, which includes hanging around with Illinois on the road earlier in the season and being effective offensively, averaging 5.7 yards per play. Western Illinois also gave North Dakota State somewhat of a scare last year on the road, losing by just 12 points and actually having a lead at halftime. The Western Illinois Leathernecks won't go down quietly in their biggest home game of the season. I'll take the points.