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The Football Championship Series (FCS) is the only football being played in the US at this time, but there are some terrific games being played. The FCS has already seen a ton of upsets, and there will likely be some more on tap this weekend.

The weather is starting to turn nicer throughout the country, and that could lead to more offense. The featured game of the week will take place in Southern Illinois as the 3-1 Salukis host the 2-1 Northern Iowa Panthers. 
Featured Game: Northern Iowa Panthers at Southern Illinois Salukis
Southern Illinois has the biggest win so far in the FCS Spring season, a blowout win over the North Dakota State Bison. The Salukis were explosive on offense in that game, but things haven’t come as easily in the other two contests.

The Northern Iowa Panthers are four-point favorites in this matchup, despite being on the road. Southern Illinois might have an impressive win over NDSU, but they will lose their second game of the season on Saturday.

Quarterback Nic Baker of SIU will be a key as he has thrown for 546 yards and three touchdowns this season. The Salukis have run the ball well this season also, but they are facing a stout defense on Saturday.

Northern Iowa will want to use their defense to take control of this game as they are averaging just 22 points per game. The Panthers will establish their rushing attack behind running back Tyler Hoosman, who should see plenty of action.

Northern Iowa is a play or two away from being undefeated this season, and they have some momentum heading into this matchup. Playing on the road in the MVFC is never an easy task, but the Panthers are the more physical team. 

The pick is the Northern Iowa Panthers -4.0 as they head into Carbondale and win this game by double-digits. 

March 13

Valparaiso at Butler
Time: 12:00 pm ET
Dunkel Ratings: Valparaiso 25.688; Butler 26.536
Dunkel Line & Total: Butler by 1; 54
Vegas Line & Total: Butler by 5 ½; 50
Dunkel Pick: Valparaiso (+5 ½); Over

Stony Brook at Delaware
Time: 12:00 pm ET
Dunkel Ratings: Stony Brook 65.908; Delaware 64.942
Dunkel Line & Total: Stony Brook by 1; 35
Vegas Line & Total: Delaware by 8 ½; 41 ½
Dunkel Pick: Stony Brook (+8 ½); Under

Albany at Maine
Time: 12:00 pm ET
Dunkel Ratings: Albany 63.054; Maine 57.858
Dunkel Line & Total: Albany by 5; 61
Vegas Line & Total: Albany by 7 ½; 52 ½
Dunkel Pick: Maine (+7 ½); Over

Morehead State at Presbyterian
Time: 12:00 pm ET
Dunkel Ratings: Morehead State 24.948; Presbyterian 37.887
Dunkel Line & Total: Presbyterian by 13; 44
Vegas Line & Total: Presbyterian by 6 ½; 47 ½
Dunkel Pick: Presbyterian (-6 ½); Under

Holy Cross at Lehigh
Time: 12:00 pm ET
Dunkel Ratings: Holy Cross 49.673; Lehigh 48.855
Dunkel Line & Total: Holy Cross by 1; 53
Vegas Line & Total: Holy Cross by 7 ½; 44 ½
Dunkel Pick: Lehigh (+7 ½); Over

The Citadel at Western Carolina
Time: 1:00 pm ET
Dunkel Ratings: The Citadel 58.131; Western Carolina 35.108
Dunkel Line & Total: The Citadel by 23; 42
Vegas Line & Total: The Citadel by 13 ½; 50 ½
Dunkel Pick: The Citadel (-13 ½); Under


Rhode Island at Villanova
Dunkel Ratings: Rhode Island 50.878; Villanova 73.063
Dunkel Line & Total: Villanova by 22; 43
Vegas Line & Total: Villanova by 15 ½; 52 ½
Dunkel Pick: Villanova (-15 ½); Under

Nicholls State at Sam Houston State
Time: 1:00 pm ET
Dunkel Ratings: Nicholls State 71.415; Sam Houston State 62.720
Dunkel Line & Total: Nicholls State by 8 ½; 55
Vegas Line & Total: Sam Houston State by 2 ½; 60 ½
Dunkel Pick: Nicholls State (+2 ½); Under

Lamar at McNeese State
Time: 1:00 pm ET
Dunkel Ratings: Lamar 37.727; McNeese State 55.109
Dunkel Line & Total: McNeese State by 17 ½; 50
Vegas Line & Total: McNeese State by 13 ½; 47
Dunkel Pick: McNeese State (-13 ½); Over

Wofford at Samford
Time: 1:00 pm ET
Dunkel Ratings: Wofford 69.027; Samford 61.342
Dunkel Line & Total: Wofford by 8; 65
Vegas Line & Total: Wofford by 2 ½; 55 ½
Dunkel Pick: Wofford (-2 ½); Over

North Dakota at Western Illinois
Time: 1:00 pm ET
Dunkel Ratings: North Dakota 75.985; Western Illinois 47.800
Dunkel Line & Total: North Dakota by 28; 50
Vegas Line & Total: North Dakota by 20 ½; 45 ½
Dunkel Pick: North Dakota (-20 ½); Over

Northern Iowa at Southern Illinois
Time: 1:00 pm ET
Dunkel Ratings: Northern Iowa 81.983; Southern Illinois 70.840
Dunkel Line & Total: Northern Iowa by 11; 30
Vegas Line & Total: Northern Iowa by 4; 38 ½
Dunkel Pick: Northern Iowa (-4); Under

Richmond at Elon
Time: 1:00 pm ET
Dunkel Ratings: Richmond 64.201; Elon 56.524
Dunkel Line & Total: Richmond by 8; 42
Vegas Line & Total: Richmond by 2 ½; 45 ½
Dunkel Pick: Richmond (-2 ½); Under

Davidson at Stetson
Time: 1:00 pm ET
Dunkel Ratings: Davidson 41.621; Stetson 37.061
Dunkel Line & Total: Davidson by 4 ½; 43
Vegas Line & Total: Davidson by 9 ½; 52 ½
Dunkel Pick: Stetson (+9 ½); Under

Charleston Southern at Kennesaw State
Time: 1:00 pm ET
Dunkel Ratings: Charleston Southern 49.590; Kennesaw State 71.573
Dunkel Line & Total: Kennesaw State by 22; 53
Vegas Line & Total: Kennesaw State by 15; 47 ½
Dunkel Pick: Kennesaw State (-15); Over

Furman at East Tennessee State
Time: 1:00 pm ET
Dunkel Ratings: Furman 59.423; East Tennessee State 57.945
Dunkel Line & Total: Furman by 1 ½; 39
Vegas Line & Total: Furman by 10 ½; 46 ½
Dunkel Pick: East Tennessee State (+10 ½); Under

Delaware State at South Carolina State
Time: 1:30 pm ET
Dunkel Ratings: Delaware State 33.324; South Carolina State 46.973
Dunkel Line & Total: South Carolina State by 13 ½; 33
Vegas Line & Total: South Carolina State by 10 ½; 42 ½
Dunkel Pick: South Carolina State (-10 ½); Under

Mercer at VMI
Time: 1:30 pm ET
Dunkel Ratings: Mercer 48.681; VMI 58.646
Dunkel Line & Total: VMI by 10; 61
Vegas Line & Total: VMI by 6 ½; 56 ½
Dunkel Pick: VMI (-6 ½); Over

San Diego at Drake
Time: 2:00 pm ET
Dunkel Ratings: San Diego 61.343; Drake 44.309
Dunkel Line & Total: San Diego by 17; 55
Vegas Line & Total: San Diego by 8 ½; 51
Dunkel Pick: San Diego (-8 ½); Over

Missouri State at South Dakota
Time: 2:00 pm ET
Dunkel Ratings: Missouri State 59.865; South Dakota 64.724
Dunkel Line & Total: South Dakota by 5; 55
Vegas Line & Total: South Dakota by 10 ½; 49
Dunkel Pick: Missouri State (+10 ½); Over

UC Davis at Weber State
Time: 3:00 pm ET
Dunkel Ratings: UC Davis 73.796; Weber State 75.168
Dunkel Line & Total: Weber State by 1 ½; 61
Vegas Line & Total: Weber State by 9 ½; 52 ½
Dunkel Pick: UC Davis (+9 ½); Over

Youngstown State at South Dakota State
Time: 3:00 pm ET
Dunkel Ratings: Youngstown State 64.677; South Dakota State 74.183
Dunkel Line & Total: South Dakota State by 9 ½; 41
Vegas Line & Total: South Dakota State by 19; 44 ½
Dunkel Pick: Youngstown State (+19); Under

Southern Utah at Cal Poly
Time: 3:05 pm ET
Dunkel Ratings: Southern Utah 52.440; Cal Poly 59.871
Dunkel Line & Total: Cal Poly by 7 ½; 60
Vegas Line & Total: Cal Poly by 2 ½; 56 ½
Dunkel Pick: Cal Poly (-2 ½); Over

Colgate at Lafayette
Time: 3:30 pm ET
Dunkel Ratings: Colgate 52.387; Lafayette 44.395
Dunkel Line & Total: Colgate by 8; 31
Vegas Line & Total: Colgate by 4 ½; 36
Dunkel Pick: Colgate (-4 ½); Under

Illinois State at North Dakota State
Time: 3:30 pm ET
Dunkel Ratings: Illinois State 68.940; North Dakota State 77.162
Dunkel Line & Total: North Dakota State by 8; 33
Vegas Line & Total: North Dakota State by 12 ½; 37 ½
Dunkel Pick: Illinois State (+12 ½); Under

Prairie View at Grambling
Time: 4:00 pm ET
Dunkel Ratings: Prairie View 48.912; Grambling 42.499
Dunkel Line & Total: Prairie View by 6 ½; 61
Vegas Line & Total: Grambling by 2 ½; 54 ½
Dunkel Pick: Prairie View (+2 ½); Over

Eastern Washington at Idaho State
Time: 6:05 pm ET
Dunkel Ratings: Eastern Washington 66.689; Idaho State 58.615
Dunkel Line & Total: Eastern Washington by 8; 71
Vegas Line & Total: Eastern Washington by 17; 61 ½
Dunkel Pick: Idaho State (+17); Over

Northwestern State at SE Louisiana
Time: 7:00 pm ET
Dunkel Ratings: Northwestern State 55.260; SE Louisiana 59.662
Dunkel Line & Total: SE Louisiana by 4 ½; 58
Vegas Line & Total: SE Louisiana by 16; 61 ½
Dunkel Pick: Northwestern State (+16 ½); Under

Tarleton State at Dixie State
Time: 7:00 pm ET
Dunkel Ratings: Tarleton State 51.819; Dixie State 50.372
Dunkel Line & Total: Tarleton State by 1 ½; 50
Vegas Line & Total: Tarleton State by 4; 57
Dunkel Pick: Dixie State (+4); Under

March 14

Duquesne at Wagner
Time: 12:00 pm ET
Dunkel Ratings: Duquesne 39.648; Wagner 42.299
Dunkel Line & Total: Wagner by 2 ½; 34
Vegas Line & Total: Duquesne by 7; 42 ½
Dunkel Pick: Wagner (+7); Under

Bryant at Merrimack
Time: 1:00 pm ET
Dunkel Ratings: Bryant 37.548; Merrimack 31.137
Dunkel Line & Total: Bryant by 6 ½; 42
Vegas Line & Total: Bryant by 3 ½; 47
Dunkel Pick: Bryant (-3 ½); Under

LIU at Sacred Heart
Time: 1:00 pm ET
Dunkel Ratings: LIU 32.014; Sacred Heart 51.779
Dunkel Line & Total: Sacred Heart by 20; 47
Vegas Line & Total: Sacred Heart by 10 ½; 44 
Dunkel Pick: Sacred Heart (-10 ½); Over

Eastern Illinois at Tennessee State
Time: 2:00 pm ET
Dunkel Ratings: Eastern Illinois 48.283; Tennessee State 44.254
Dunkel Line & Total: Eastern Illinois by 4; 41
Vegas Line & Total: Tennessee State by 2 ½; 48
Dunkel Pick: Eastern Illinois (+2 ½); Under

Jacksonville State at UT-Martin
Time: 2:00 pm ET
Dunkel Ratings: Jacksonville State 61.090; UT-Martin 60.423
Dunkel Line & Total: Jacksonville State by 1; 53
Vegas Line & Total: Jacksonville State by 9; 47
Dunkel Pick: UT-Martin (+9); Over

Murray State at Tennessee Tech
Time: 2:30 pm ET
Dunkel Ratings: Murray State 59.210; Tennessee Tech 52.188
Dunkel Line & Total: Murray State by 7; 41
Vegas Line & Total: Murray State by 4 ½; 48
Dunkel Pick: Murray State (-4 ½); Under

Austin Peay at SE Missouri State
Time: 3:00 pm ET
Dunkel Ratings: Austin Peay 53.577; SE Missouri State 66.451
Dunkel Line & Total: SE Missouri State by 13; 39
Vegas Line & Total: SE Missouri State by 5 ½; 46 ½
Dunkel Pick: SE Missouri State (-5 ½); Under

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