Week 1 of the FCS spring schedule was a restricted slate however featured notable moments like defending champion North Dakota State dealing with their enterprise, FCS newcomer Tarleton State placing the beats on FBS New Mexico State and a bizarre theft situation involving Jackson State head coach Deion Sanders.
We’re now on to Week 2 of this distinctive spring season the place extra groups can be becoming a member of in on the motion and as all the time, we’ll check out some video games to maintain your eyes on this weekend. A lot of the motion can be obtainable often on ESPN+. Odds come courtesy of DraftKings Sportsbook.
No. 3 South Dakota State (-7.5) at No. 14 North Dakota (Complete 47.5)
Sat, 1 p.m. ET on ESPN+
The 86th assembly between these two Missouri Valley Convention rivals will characteristic a matchup of two top-15 groups trying to achieve a foothold on the prime of the convention because the season unfolds.
Regardless of struggling offensively within the second half, South Dakota State (1-0, 1-0 MVC) managed to sneak previous Northern Iowa 24-20 final Friday night time when operating again Pierre Robust Jr. snagged a one-yard landing catch with simply 19 seconds remaining to elevate the Jackrabbits to victory. He completed the night with 122 yards of whole offense whereas the protection stonewalled UNI rushers to only 1.1 yards per keep on 25 makes an attempt.
North Dakota (1-0, 1-0) efficiently defended their 30+ 12 months house opener win-streak final Saturday with a 44-21 pummeling of Southern Illinois. The protection was the story of the spring opener as they picked off Saluki quarterback Nic Baker twice and held star operating again Javon Williams Jr. in test to the tune of simply 29 yards on 13 carries. ND QB had a wonderful day within the stat column, tossing three touchdowns within the win.
No. 1 (-16.5) North Dakota State at Southern Illinois (Complete 44.5)
Sat, 1 p.m. ET, ESPN+
The field rating doesn’t actually leap off the web page, however top-ranked North Dakota State (1-0, 1-0 MVC) dealt with their enterprise in a 25-7 victory over Youngstown State in final week’s season opener.
Taking on for Trey Lance at quarterback, new starter Zeb Noland wasn’t requested to do a lot, going 9-of-18 for 74 yards within the victory. As a substitute, the load was dealt with by operating again duo Kobe Johnson and Jalen Bussey, who mixed for 157 yards on 22 carries and three touchdowns. The Bison protection did their half as properly, limiting the Penguins to only 3.1 yards per play.
That stinginess on protection doesn’t bode properly for Southern Illinois (1-1, 0-1) who was simply stifled offensively within the aforementioned loss at North Dakota.
No. 23 Tennessee Tech at No. 16 Jacksonville State (-12) (Complete 54.5)
Solar, 4 p.m. ET om ESPN+
After having its sport in opposition to Tennessee State postponed, Jacksonville State will hit the sector for the primary time this spring as 12-point favorites over Tennessee Tech.
JSU (3-1) enters its last season within the Ohio Valley Convention as one in all few groups in FCS not utterly rusty, having performed a handful of video games this previous fall. In the meantime, Tennessee Tech (1-0, 1-0 OVC) comes into Sunday’s matchup driving excessive after downing Austin Peay 27-21 final week. The Golden Eagles had been opportunists of their spring opener, capitalizing off 4 turnovers and 13 Governor penalties to spring 17 factors within the fourth quarter for the win.
That is the primary top-25 matchup between the 2 OVC foes.