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Sam Houston State vs South Dakota State Odds COLLEGE FOOTBALL Odds

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The line opened South Dakota State -4 and over/under opened 46 and is up to 47.5 at many sports betting sites.

Game Facts

Battle between the No. 1 seed ( SDSU ) and No. 2 seed (  Sam Houston ), both looking for their first national championship.

Both team’s have quarterback’s who were players of the year in their conference-   Sam Houston quarterback Eric Schmid is the Southland player of the year, while SDSU quarterback Mark Gronowski is the Missouri Valley Football Conference player of the year.

Sam Houston State relies more on their passing game on offense, with two explosive receivers in Jequez Ezzard and Ife Adeyi, who both average more than 20 yards per catch. Will the weather effect their passing game ?

South Dakota State likes to grind it out on the ground, averaging 231 rushing yards per game. They will matchup against a Bearkat defense that leads the nation with 37 sacks and has held opponents to 2.2 yards per rush.

Sam Houston State has won each playoff game with a late defensive stop in their own territory.

South Dakota State Semi-Final Recap

#1 seed South Dakota State advanced to the FCS National Championship game for the first time in program history, with a convincing 33-3 win over Delaware.

After falling behind 3-0, the Jackrabbits ran off 33 unanswered points in their 33-3 victory. They led 27-3 at the half.

SDSU had a 354-216 advantage in total yards and dominated on both sides of the line of scrimmage.

The offense surrendered no sacks for the fifth time this season, while the defense produced 7 sacks and held Delaware to just 69 rushing yards, their lowest output this season.

A Delaware defense that had excelled against the run all season ( opposing rushers averaged just 3.3 yards per carry ), gave up 168 yards on 5.2 yards per carry.  

“It just started with them winning the line of scrimmage,”. “They controlled the line of scrimmage and were able to totally dictate the tempo of the game. In doing that, it also gave their quarterback (Mark Gronowski) time to get in rhythm and get in sync.” said Delaware coach Danny Rocco.

“I really, really felt we’d be able to go toe-to-toe with these guys,” said Rocco, whose team was in the semifinals for the first time since 2010. “We obviously couldn’t — at least not today. I kind of feel like we got their best shot today.

QB Mark Gronowski, the Missouri Valley’s Offensive Player of the Year and Newcomer of the Year, was 10-16 for 162 yards and 2 touchdowns. He also caught a 24 yard scoring pass on a throwback.

Sam Houston State Semi-Final Recap

Sam Houston State rallied from a 21-point halftime deficit to shock James Madison, 38-35 and advance to the FCS National Championship Game.

The Bearkats trailed 24-3 at halftime before scoring 35 points in the second half.

Senior receiver Jequez Ezzard sparked the comeback with 2 explosive plays. A 69 yard touchdown reception cut the deficit to 10 points, and then an 80 yard punt return for a touchdown brought the Bearkats within 3, at 27-24.

The Bearkats took the lead for good when QB Eric Schmid scored on a 20 yard run on the final play of the third quarter.

Schmid finished 13-27 for 218 yards with 1TD and 2 interceptions, while rushing for 55 yards and 2 TD’s on 11 carries.

James Madison had one last chance to tie or win the game late in the fourth quarter after driving to the Bearkats’ 28-yard line.

But a key sack by DT Joe Wallace on third down, forced JMU into a 51-yard field goal attempt to tie the game, which was wide left, and Sam Houston was able to run out the clock.

Sam Houston State has now improved its record to 16-0 at Bowers Stadium in the FCS playoffs.

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