North Dakota State vs South Dakota State Prediction, FCS Championship Odds, Selection, Live Stream, TV Channel

North Dakota State vs South Dakota State Prediction, FCS Championship Odds, Selection, Live Stream, TV Channel

North Dakota State vs South Dakota State Prediction, FCS Championship Odds, Selection, Live Stream, TV Channel

No. 3 North Dakota State hopes to continue its unprecedented hot streak of winnings Sunday when the Bison take on No. 1 rival South Dakota State in the Division I FCS championship game. After beating Montana and Samford early in the FCS playoffs, the Bison narrowly survived an angry attempt by 7th-seeded UIW in the FCS semifinals. North Dakota State completed just 1 of 12 passes but had two turnovers against Cardinals quarterback Lindsey Scott.

South Dakota’s season has been a lot cleaner since losing a 7-3 heartbreaker to Iowa in their opener. The Jackrabbits decimated their three playoff opponents by a total of 78 points and have only played three FCS games within two points all season. Star running back Isaiah Davis has rushed for more than 400 yards in three FCS playoff games.

North Dakota State and South Dakota State have played 113 times since 1903. The Bison have a 63-45-5 advantage but lost the previous three matchups to the Jackrabbits. South Dakota State coach John Stiegelmeier has held an 11-19 record against North Dakota State since taking office in 1997.

State of North Dakota vs. State of South Dakota: Must Know

FCS dominance: Forget Alabama, the state of North Dakota remains the dominant force in Division I college football. The Bison have won nine of their last 11 championships, with one of the playoff heats falling short during the spring pandemic season. Perhaps most impressively, the Bison are undefeated in FCS national championship games by three different coaches: Craig Bohl, Chris Klieman and now Matt Entz.

dreamcatcher: South Dakota State has been incredibly successful under coach John Stiegelmeier, posting a 194-112 record in a sensational tenure that dates back to 1997 when the Jackrabbits were still a Division II program. Despite all the success, Stiegelmeier is missing only one thing: a national championship. The Jackrabbits have reached the national semifinals in four of the past five seasons and are playing for a national championship in spring 2021. An injury to quarterback Mark Gronowski ultimately cost SDSU a shot at the crown, but Stiegelmeier still has a chance to add the ultimate line item to his resume.

Conference Rematch: South Dakota State pulled off a major upset against North Dakota State on Oct. 15 to capture the No. 1 overall seed in the FCS playoffs. The Jackrabbits came back from a 21-7 deficit with 16 unanswered points, including a go-ahead field goal with 3:49 remaining. Both programs are monstrous at running the ball, but the Bison were held to just 4.4 yards per carry and 59 total yards in the second half. The state of North Dakota needs to rise up and meet the moment.

How to watch the FCS championship live

date: Sunday, January 8 | time: 2 p.m. ET
location: Toyota Stadium – Frisco, Texas
TV: ABC | Live broadcast: fuboTV (try for free)

FCS Championship Prediction, Pick

Featured Game | S. Dakota St. Jackrabbits vs. North Dakota State Bison

Betting against North Dakota State in an FCS championship game is a stupid thing to do, but we’ll do it anyway. South Dakota State has been dominant all season and Stiegelmeier has spent 25 years waiting for this moment. Not afraid of their hated rivals, the Jackrabbits will finally put together a full game and win the FCS ultimate prize. Forecast: State of South Dakota -5

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