2017 FCS Championship Odds Odds and Predictions

Saturday, August 19, 2017 7:38 PM UTC

Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017 7:38 PM UTC

Let’s look at the current odds to win the FCS and offer up a pick on the top-ranked Defensive team heading into what promises to be another exciting season on the gridiron.

<p style="text-align:center"><strong>Oddsmakers’ Second-Choice James Madison Looking to Defend FCS Championship in Coming 2017 Season</strong></p><p style="text-align:center">Formerly the NCAA Division I-AA Championship, the tournament to determine the champions in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) has been called the NCAA Division I Football Championship since 2006, and this perceived second tier of College Football has seen North Dakota State (+225 to win 2017 FCS Championship, 5Dimes) win 5 of the last 6 championships with James Madison (+275 to win FCS Championship, 5Dimes) ending the Bisons five-year run as titlists (2011-2015)—all five seasons current Philadelphia Eagles’ QB and 2016 No. 2 NFL Draft Pick Carson Wentz attended the Fargo, North Dakota college—last season by defeating Youngstown State, 28-14, as the Dukes (14-1 SU in 2016) and then 1st-year Head Coach Mike Houston (pictured getting free Gatorade from his players) brought the trophy back to Harrisonburg, Virginia for the first time since 2004.</p><p> </p><p style="text-align:center"><strong><img src="https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/bzvtM1gKi0xlIN_9ZTBu-SaaWO7a64lhYm9mZoSZpYOz3jG7RKrj-j8Mm9YpxSjF5T4BYp1JYwuGzGnOIP-9V9s3bZWu4eRgIqasM9zsj6JTeN8jBHyz1ek1PNYGULMiqNitlo73" style="height:411px;width:624px" /></strong></p><p> </p><p>One team which may challenge North Dakota State and James Madison is Sam Houston State (+850 to win 2017 FCS Championship, 5Dimes) which has two pretty special players in senior QB and STATS FCS Walter Payton Award-winner Jeremiah Briscoe—who set the FCS single-season mark for TD Passes last year (57)—and junior DE PJ Hall (6-1, 280) who had 56 Tackles, 13 Sacks and was a Buchanan Award runner-up last season. Sam Houston State was #1 in Scoring Offense in FBS in 2016, averaging 49.5 ppg with defending national champs James Madison—who beat North Dakota State in the Semis, 27-17—were #2 at 46.7 ppg.</p><p style="text-align:center"><br /><strong><img src="https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/kHy_HYCMfY92fBIpzWRZ5t80nsbwUJAlqC4GXJGsrR1Abokb84AYOgBLX0awsrlkdfrWa5n6etUvC-onCPjC9-ZtxkvBY9_fLpBBQ7CcCE3jnggYiy-w9fl0N8_Yjp_McRkcbhiy" style="height:416px;width:624px" /></strong></p><p> </p><p style="text-align:center">Offshore sportsbook 5Dimes has NCAA FCS Championship odds for the coming 2017 season (below) and one change in FBS sees former Independent Coastal Carolina leaving the division and moving up to the FBS where the Chanticleers will play in the Sun Belt Conference. The 2017 FCS season kicks off in just a week now on Saturday, Aug. 26 with some decent matchups including 2016 OVC Defensive Player of the Year Darius Jackson (48 tackles in 2016, pictured below) and Jacksonville State (16/1 to win FCS Championship, 5Dimes) welcoming Chattanooga (55/1 to win FCS Championship, 5Dimes) to JSU Stadium in Montgomery, Alabama for the season lidlifter as the Gamecocks looks for their fourth straight perfect season of play in the Ohio Valley Conference (6:30 pm ET; JAX ST -6½ -120, 5Dimes).</p><p style="text-align:center"> </p><p style="text-align:center"><strong><img src="https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/WtEFxcQCoXx4kDHY6zsGL78uB36ThiQ9PsIXWrDeS-jz3EVU8GLFPjJ8leRJ1GYqAIh7_GQZWnpsGpGownMEGNngkX-Y4dznm-RW7H7FUkODYmSXdoLChJ-CiKTmOF-_JBaLQ35x" style="height:413px;width:624px" /></strong></p><hr /><p style="text-align:center"><strong>2017 NCAA FCS Championship Odds—(Aug. 18, 5Dimes)</strong></p><p style="text-align:center"><strong>North Dakota State +225</strong></p><p style="text-align:center"><strong>James Madison +275</strong></p><p style="text-align:center"><strong>Sam Houston State +850</strong></p><p style="text-align:center"><strong>South Dakota State +1200</strong></p><p style="text-align:center"><strong>Jacksonville State +1600</strong></p><p style="text-align:center"><strong>Richmond +1900</strong></p><p style="text-align:center"><strong>Villanova +2300</strong></p><p style="text-align:center"><strong>Wofford +2300</strong></p><p style="text-align:center"><strong>Eastern Washington +2500</strong></p><p style="text-align:center"><strong>North Dakota +2500</strong></p><p style="text-align:center"><strong>Youngstown State +4500</strong></p><p style="text-align:center"><strong>Central Arkansas +5000</strong></p><p style="text-align:center"><strong>Charleston Southern +5000</strong></p><p style="text-align:center"><strong>Northern Iowa +5000</strong></p><p style="text-align:center"><strong>Chattanooga +5500</strong></p><p style="text-align:center"><strong>The Citadel +5500</strong></p><p style="text-align:center"><strong>Illinois State +6000</strong></p><p style="text-align:center"><strong>New Hampshire +6000</strong></p><p style="text-align:center"><strong>Samford +6000</strong></p><p style="text-align:center"><strong>Lehigh +7500</strong></p><p style="text-align:center"><strong>Western Illinois +7500</strong></p><p style="text-align:center"><strong>Cal Poly SLO +8000</strong></p><p style="text-align:center"><strong>South Dakota +9000</strong></p><p style="text-align:center"> </p><p style="text-align:center"><strong><img src="https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/lputIeMAoIJseNtKFCy6tgCGuIGCuaLei6r-Kt0Hq4i8qmpDjLHL8tuSIou0LDVl_GpQ6m57ke_0GVTXGlJBW7Z6wEsi95dYOsC7oIVijwXi0xeXchsfOsG3UGH02G6kRX30lwgP" style="height:624px;width:624px" /></strong></p><p style="text-align:center"> </p><p style="text-align:center"><strong>Furman +11000</strong></p><p style="text-align:center"><strong>Albany NY +15000</strong></p><p style="text-align:center"><strong>Northern Arizona +15000</strong></p><p style="text-align:center"><strong>Weber State +15000</strong></p><p style="text-align:center"><strong>Fordham +17500</strong></p><p style="text-align:center"><strong>Liberty +17500</strong></p><p style="text-align:center"><strong>McNeese State +17500</strong></p><p style="text-align:center"><strong>Mercer +17500</strong></p><p style="text-align:center"><strong>Montana +17500</strong></p><p style="text-align:center"><strong>San Diego +17500</strong></p><p style="text-align:center"><strong>Southern Illinois +17500</strong></p><p style="text-align:center"><strong>Southern Utah +17500</strong></p><p style="text-align:center"><strong>Tennessee State +17500</strong></p><p style="text-align:center"><strong>Colgate +20000</strong></p><p style="text-align:center"><strong>Maine +20000</strong></p><p style="text-align:center"><strong>Tennessee-Martin +20000</strong></p><p style="text-align:center"><strong>William &amp; Mary +20000</strong></p><p> </p><p style="text-align:center"><strong><img src="https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/GuHp2BJAxaZclx9VoOms_SJ2f6L0dZ5ztGCaE0NIf92o1NJVJTWgKCawXObuDsYl20ElHCx5eT1dSYYZEzz3vnRNSTobe2WzNczShypSlRSEHt6MkBMqMGB0w7HcwZF1v8tj-ZV2" style="height:595px;width:624px" /></strong></p><hr /><p style="text-align:center"><strong>Last 20 NCAA FCS Champions</strong></p><p style="text-align:center"><strong>2016—James Madison</strong></p><p style="text-align:center"><strong>2015—North Dakota State</strong></p><p style="text-align:center"><strong>2014—North Dakota State</strong></p><p style="text-align:center"><strong>2013—North Dakota State</strong></p><p style="text-align:center"><strong>2012—North Dakota State</strong></p><p style="text-align:center"><strong>2011—North Dakota State</strong></p><p style="text-align:center"><strong>2010—Eastern Washington</strong></p><p style="text-align:center"><strong>2009—Villanova</strong></p><p style="text-align:center"><strong>2008—Richmond</strong></p><p style="text-align:center"><strong>2007—Appalachian State</strong></p><p style="text-align:center"><strong>2006—Appalachian State</strong></p><p style="text-align:center"><strong>2005—Appalachian State</strong></p><p style="text-align:center"><strong>2004—James Madison</strong></p><p style="text-align:center"><strong>2003—Delaware</strong></p><p style="text-align:center"><strong>2002—Western Kentucky</strong></p><p style="text-align:center"><strong>2001—Montana</strong></p><p style="text-align:center"><strong>2000—Georgia Southern</strong></p><p style="text-align:center"><strong>1999—Georgia Southern</strong></p><p style="text-align:center"><strong>1998—Massachusetts</strong></p><p style="text-align:center"><strong>1997—Youngstown State</strong></p><hr /><p style="text-align:center"><strong>Stud LB DeLuca, North Dakota State Deserving Favorites, Looking For 6th FCS Championship in the L7 Years</strong></p><p style="text-align:center">They always say Defense wins championships, but sometimes it’s more important to have a blend of solid Defense and Offense to wander the landmines that lie on all NCAAF College Football teams—FBS or FCS—and LB Nick DeLuca (6-3, 248) and North Dakota State finished #5 in Scoring Defense last season (16.6 ppg) preferred playing in lower-scoring games compared to the bulk of FCS games which can often evolve into shootouts. Returning from Shoulder surgery after a senior year declared a medical Hardship, DeLuca (135 tackles)—who we’ll be seeing in the NFL someday—and the Bison will be seeking their 6th FBS championship in the L7 seasons and after getting hurt in the 2016 Regular Season opener, DeLuca had 15 Tackles and a Pick-6 in his last start against Eastern Washington (25/1 to win FCS Championship, 5Dimes).</p><p> </p><p style="text-align:center"><strong><img src="https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/UOmp274xfgpVbRGJLRQSvalg2QcTszzdVGgi5GmKu25u149IDKLmZrBKdpUmhV5CTfQqTGZ4VUnKZWhQZomrXWuRyMlNvMfVrXrWlVlaehpSvW_c1Lh81yT7A4d6CFAw11x0dTvv" style="height:369px;width:624px" /></strong></p><p> </p><p style="text-align:center">Like last season, and sort of like the NBA in a weird way, the 2017 FCS season could come down to another James Madison-North Dakota State showdown, possibly this time in the Championship Game which is scheduled to be played at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas—home of MLS side FC Dallas—although upstart programs like Villanova (#1 in Scoring Defense, 15.0 ppg; 23/1 to win FCS Championship, 5Dimes), aforementioned Briscoe and Sam Houston State and three-time FCS All-American senior WR Jake Wieneke (1,316 Receiving Yards, 16 TDs in 2016), senior TE Dallas Goedert (SDS-Record 92 Receptions in 2016, 1,293 Receiving Yards, 11 TDs) and South Dakota State (12/1 to win FCS Championship, 5Dimes)—who will collide with Missouri Valley Conference rivals North Dakota State at Home at Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium in Brookings, SD on Saturday, Nov. 4 (3 pm ET) in a huge late Regular Season game both Confidence-wise and for likely FCS Playoff seeding for both the host Jackrabbits and the Bison—could be fighting to make the title game come late November.</p><p> </p><p style="text-align:center"><strong><img src="https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/wINFCHBKtHwQuul5Byvv9T2kknQoF_IutZS-eP0ri9fFlW8FtiFQk7wYo06nXbTUVNbLIF--T1UtSbSgdnd8fQyi87UJg-Fg2uf3YBLYiu7lgP4MkIaDaQGb0gBLQ5jkkitWGAmD" style="height:348px;width:624px" /></strong></p><p> </p><p style="text-align:center">North Dakota state won its five straight FBS Championship games by 11, 26, 28, 2 and 27 points before being eliminated by James Madison last season in the FCS Semifinals—a game Head Coach Chris Klieman (40-5 SU), DeLuca and Company will certainly have in the forefront of their minds now and will continue to mull on this Fall. The Bison open play at Home on Saturday, Sept. 2 against Mississippi Valley State in a game where 5Dimes has North Dakota State lined as more-than-massive and Paul Bunyan-esque 51½-point chalks. Lay the lumber?</p><p style="text-align:center"><br /><strong>2017 NCAA FCS CHAMPIONSHIP PICK: North Dakota State +225 (5Dimes)</strong></p>
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