North Dakota will look to take their anger out against Youngstown State, specifically on the ground, in what looks to be a blowout type of game. Here’s the best bet, courtesy of SBR.
North Dakota Fighting Hawks vs. Youngstown State Penguins
Saturday, March 27, 2021 – 12:00 PM EDT at Stambaugh Stadium
Hawks Looking To Bounce Back
North Dakota is coming off a 34-13 loss to North Dakota State last Saturday and now wants to put everything behind as they take on a one-win Youngstown State program. The Fighting Hawks are averaging 28.8 points per game and allowing 20.6 points per game. North Dakota has rushed the ball for 1065 yards in 186 attempts, which is good for 5.5 yards per carry this season. They’re averaging 206.4 yards per game rushing and that’s the Fighting Hawks’ bread and butter.
North Dakota is only averaging 207.2 yards per game in the air behind Tommy Schuster. He’s thrown for 992 yards and eight touchdowns but also had three interceptions with 100 completions off 153 attempts. Schuster has completed a solid 65.36 percent of passes and has a quarterback rating of 133.16 on the season.
But the rushing game is just as important behind Otis Weah who has 76 attempts for 570 yards on the season. He’s literally averaging 7.5 yards per carry on 76 attempts this season along with seven touchdowns. That’s 114 yards per game from Weah, which you should keep in mind for your sports betting. Luke Skokna has added 58 carries for 317 yards and three touchdowns. As the second running back, he’s still averaging 5.5 yards per carry and 63.4 yards per game.
So far this team has limited other offenses to 754 yards on the ground for an average of 4.1 yards per carry and are allowing 243.4 yards in the air but just five touchdowns off 162 attempts. The defense is still allowing 5.7 yards per play and 374.8 yards per game but have limited touchdowns and that’s really what matters the most. They’ve scored 20 touchdowns while opponents have scored 13.
Youngstown State won’t be a huge threat on offense, and it shows by the spread posted by sportsbooks. They’ve scored just nine touchdowns in five games and average 14.8 points per game this season. They’ve been fine defending in the secondary but have allowed 158 yards rushing on defense per game and that would sting if they allowed above their average against North Dakota.
Mark Waid is the starting quarterback for Youngstown State and he’s thrown for a 60.9 percent completion percentage throwing for 341 yards on 69 attempts this season. Jaleel McLaughlin has rushed for 475 yards on 97 attempts for an average of 4.9 yards per carry and also has four touchdowns. This team will lean on McLaughlin in the running game but Waid can also run the ball effectively at the quarterback spot.
On defense, Youngstown State allows 21 points per game and has a sack per game along with four interceptions and three fumble recoveries. Still, they’ve struggled against the run this season and in their only win, they allowed just 10 points. In losses, they’re allowing 23.8 points. North Dakota shouldn’t have a problem scoring against Youngstown State on the ground.
Look for North Dakota to respond from their brutal loss to North Dakota State. Youngstown State has struggled stopping the run and haven’t been able to score at a high pace in the first place.
The Fighting Hawks should win this game comfortably by at least two touchdowns, so back them with your college football picks.
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