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.

Oddsmakers’ Second-Choice James Madison Looking to Defend FCS Championship in Coming 2017 Season

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.



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.


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).


2017 NCAA FCS Championship Odds—(Aug. 18, 5Dimes)

North Dakota State +225

James Madison +275

Sam Houston State +850

South Dakota State +1200

Jacksonville State +1600

Richmond +1900

Villanova +2300

Wofford +2300

Eastern Washington +2500

North Dakota +2500

Youngstown State +4500

Central Arkansas +5000

Charleston Southern +5000

Northern Iowa +5000

Chattanooga +5500

The Citadel +5500

Illinois State +6000

New Hampshire +6000

Samford +6000

Lehigh +7500

Western Illinois +7500

Cal Poly SLO +8000

South Dakota +9000



Furman +11000

Albany NY +15000

Northern Arizona +15000

Weber State +15000

Fordham +17500

Liberty +17500

McNeese State +17500

Mercer +17500

Montana +17500

San Diego +17500

Southern Illinois +17500

Southern Utah +17500

Tennessee State +17500

Colgate +20000

Maine +20000

Tennessee-Martin +20000

William & Mary +20000


Last 20 NCAA FCS Champions

2016—James Madison

2015—North Dakota State

2014—North Dakota State

2013—North Dakota State

2012—North Dakota State

2011—North Dakota State

2010—Eastern Washington



2007—Appalachian State

2006—Appalachian State

2005—Appalachian State

2004—James Madison


2002—Western Kentucky


2000—Georgia Southern

1999—Georgia Southern


1997—Youngstown State

Stud LB DeLuca, North Dakota State Deserving Favorites, Looking For 6th FCS Championship in the L7 Years

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).



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.



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?

2017 NCAA FCS CHAMPIONSHIP PICK: North Dakota State +225 (5Dimes)

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