North Dakota State at Sam Houston Prediction, Preview: FCS Playoffs

North Dakota State v Sam Houston prediction and FCS playoffs quarterfinals match preview.

North Dakota State versus Sam Houston Broadcast

Date: Sunday May 2nd
Play time: 3:00 p.m. CT
Venue: Burgess-Snow Field at JSU Stadium, Jacksonville, FL
Network: ESPN3

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North Dakota State v Sam Houston FCS Playoff match preview

Why North Dakota State Will Win

Just when it looked like Eastern Washington had control of the FCS first-round playoff game against North Dakota State (7-2), the national title was activated for the home team.

The bison roared back for a 42:20 win with 35 unanswered points thanks to a running game that demolished one big shot at a time en route to 433 yards while holding the ball for over 35 minutes.

Sam Houston (7-0) had to hold the ball for nearly 40 minutes in a 21:15 win over Monmouth on a tough day for the O. Monmouth when he finally broke through for 15 points in the fourth quarter and won a shot, but …

Why Sam Houston will win

The Bearkat defense held up in the end and is just good enough to keep the North Dakota State game from playing like it did against East Washington.

The bison eventually took over the third down attempt after the third down attempt, but Sam Houston’s defenses are among the best in the FCS when it comes to getting off the field on the big descents.

Monmouth had some success, but it didn’t run effectively enough to come into play in the first three quarters. The defense of Sam Houston brings with it a devastating pass rush that lives in the background and ranks fourth in the nation against the run.

What will happen

This hasn’t been your North Dakota State team the last few years, but they do find ways to get the job done.

After the first 20 minutes there should have been more problems against Eastern Washington, but the offensive line took over. It won’t be this time, and QB Cam Miller has to do more than 6 out of 11 for 50 yards, but the team will find a way.

The bison have adapted, tweaked, and figured out how to keep it all going, even when it wasn’t smooth. Sam Houston’s defense has the ability to be a wall of frustration, but while not quite as good as the Bearkats, the bison will make it and hold on to get into the FCS soccer final four.

North Dakota State versus Sam Houston FCS playoff prediction, line

North Dakota State 23, Sam Houston 20
Line: COMING, o / u: COMING

Must See Rating: 5

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