Wofford Terriers (10-2) vs. North Dakota State Bison (11-1)
|Date & Time||Saturday December 9, 2017, 12:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: North Dakota State Bison -21.5 -- Over/Under: 43.5
The Wofford Terriers and North Dakota State Bison meet Saturday in the college football playoff quarterfinals at the Fargodome.
The Wofford Terriers look to reach the semifinals after beating Furman last week, 28-10. The Wofford Terriers have won five of their last six road games. Brandon Goodson is completing 55.6 percent of his passes for 1,052 yards, four touchdowns and one interception. Goodson has one combined touchdown pass in his last three games. Blake Morgan and RJ Taylor have combined for 712 receiving yards and two touchdowns while Jason Hill has 16 receptions. The Wofford Terriers ground game is averaging 254 yards per contest, and Andre Stoddard leads the way with 807 yards and 14 touchdowns. Defensively, Wofford is allowing 20.7 points and 315.3 yards per game. Colton Clemons leads the Wofford Terriers with 76 tackles, Miles Brown has three sacks and Devin Watson has four interceptions.
The North Dakota State Bison look for another semifinal appearance after smoking San Diego, 38-3. The North Dakota State Bison are a perfect 7-0 at home this season. Easton Stick is completing 62.2 percent of his passes for 1,992 yards, 20 touchdowns and seven interceptions. Stick has two or more touchdown passes in six of his last 10 games. Darrius Shepherd and RJ Urzendowski have combined for 974 receiving yards and eight touchdowns while Jeff Illies has 15 receptions. The North Dakota State Bison ground game is averaging 268.1 yards per contest, and Bruce Anderson leads the way with 908 yards and six touchdowns. Defensively, North Dakota State is allowing 11.5 points and 232.6 yards per game. Robbie Grimsley leads the North Dakota State Bison with 55 tackles, Nick DeLuca has 4.5 sacks and Tre Dempsey has five interceptions.
Wofford gets after it defensively and the only road game its lost this season was against the South Carolina Gamecocks. Obviously the North Dakota State Bison have one of the best home field advantages in all of college football and are used to being in these big games. The Fargodome gets insanely loud and is tough for opposing teams no matter how experienced they are. We're likely going to see the Bison as big favorites in this spot.
Update: Big favorites they are, but Wofford isn't some pushover who is going to be scared of the bright lights. The Terriers hung around with South Carolina and were able to cover the number, and they have a strong running game that can shorten things up and take the life out of the game. North Dakota State obviously wins, but I think Wofford can do just enough to keep this game within the number and get the cover.