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North Dakota State’s quest for a 10th straight Missouri Valley Conference championship should get a solid test on Saturday as the Bison head to Northern Iowa for the marquee matchup of this weekend’s FCS schedule.

The Bison will be taking the field for the first time in three weeks following a bye week and the cancellation of their game against South Dakota because of COVID-19 protocols. The last time NDSU played, they routed then No. 2 North Dakota, 34-13, on March 20.

The Panthers were projected as a Top 5 contender in the preseason, but have struggled on the offensive end and sit at just 3-3 on the season. Those three losses have come by only a combined 12 points, however.

This looks to be a defensive struggle with a low O/U total set at 35 at most sportsbooks. The Dunkel Index projects North Dakota State as a 14-point favorite in this matchup, which is above the line of 8 ½. The Index also has the final score total set at 40, which is over the O/U total of 35.

Dunkel’s Pick: North Dakota State (-8 ½); Over

Below are all of Dunkel’s picks for this weekend’s schedule:

April 10

Davidson at Presbyterian
Time: 11:00 am ET
Dunkel Ratings: Davidson 43.801; Presbyterian 44.577
Dunkel Line & Total: Presbyterian by 1; 42
Vegas Line & Total: Davidson by 7; 46
Dunkel Pick: Presbyterian (+7); Under

Drake at Butler
Time: 12:00 pm ET
Dunkel Ratings: Drake 40.414; Butler 23.918
Dunkel Line & Total: Drake by 16 ½; 31
Vegas Line & Total: Drake by 10; 35 ½
Dunkel Pick: Drake (-10); Under

Valparaiso at Morehead State
Time: 12:00 pm ET
Dunkel Ratings: Valparaiso 35.292; Morehead State 39.122
Dunkel Line & Total: Morehead State by 4; 41
Vegas Line & Total: Valparaiso by 1 ½; 46 ½
Dunkel Pick: Morehead State (+1 ½); Under

Robert Morris at Charleston Southern
Time: 12:00 pm ET
Dunkel Ratings: Robert Morris 50.577; Charleston Southern 51.261
Dunkel Line & Total: Charleston Southern by 1; 48
Vegas Line & Total: Charleston Southern by 6 ½; 45
Dunkel Pick: Robert Morris (+6 ½); Over

Fordham at Bucknell
Time: 1:00 pm ET
Dunkel Ratings: Fordham 52.245; Bucknell 49.809
Dunkel Line & Total: Fordham by 2 ½; 55
Vegas Line & Total: Fordham by 7 ½; 52 ½
Dunkel Pick: Bucknell (+7 ½); Over

Richmond at William & Mary
Time: 1:00 pm ET
Dunkel Ratings: Richmond 66.019; William & Mary 63.782
Dunkel Line & Total: Richmond by 2; 55
Vegas Line & Total: Richmond by 5 ½; 45 ½
Dunkel Pick: William & Mary (+5 ½); Over

Furman at The Citadel
Time: 1:00 pm ET
Dunkel Ratings: Furman 62.604; The Citadel 44.620
Dunkel Line & Total: Furman by 18; 47
Vegas Line & Total: Furman by 9 ½; 42
Dunkel Pick: Furman (-9 ½); Over

Kennesaw State at Monmouth
Time: 1:00 pm ET
Dunkel Ratings: Kennesaw State 71.454; Monmouth 68.095
Dunkel Line & Total: Kennesaw State by 3 ½; 62
Vegas Line & Total: Pick; 53 ½
Dunkel Pick: Kennesaw State; Over

Mississippi Valley State at Alabama State
Time: 3:00 pm EST
Dunkel Ratings: Mississippi Valley State 32.643; Alabama State 39.469
Dunkel Line & Total: Alabama State by 7; 33
Vegas Line & Total: Alabama State by 14 ½; 40 ½
Dunkel Pick: Mississippi Valley State (+14 ½); Under

Idaho State at Weber State
Time: 3:00 pm ET
Dunkel Ratings: Idaho State 59.620; Weber State 73.802
Dunkel Line & Total: Weber State by 14; 47
Vegas Line & Total: Weber State by 9; 51 ½
Dunkel Pick: Weber State (-9); Under

Youngstown State at Missouri State
Time: 3:00 pm ET
Dunkel Ratings: Youngstown State 65.914; Missouri State 66.584
Dunkel Line & Total: Missouri State by 1; 33
Vegas Line & Total: Missouri State by 3 ½; 41
Dunkel Pick: Youngstown State (+3 1/2); Under

Alabama A&M at Jackson State
Time: 3:00 pm ET
Dunkel Ratings: Alabama A&M 50.029; Jackson State 49.678
Dunkel Line & Total: Alabama A&M by 1; 51
Vegas Line & Total: Alabama A&M by 3 ½; 56
Dunkel Pick: Jackson State (+3 ½); Under

SE Louisiana at Nicholls State
Time: 4:00 pm ET
Dunkel Ratings: SE Louisiana 61.255; Nicholls State 57.955
Dunkel Line & Total: SE Louisiana by 3 ½; 64
Vegas Line & Total: Nicholls State by 5; 70
Dunkel Pick: SE Louisiana (+5); Under

Stetson at San Diego
Time: 4:00 pm ET
Dunkel Ratings: Stetson 24.031; San Diego 48.238
Dunkel Line & Total: San Diego by 24; 41
Vegas Line & Total: San Diego by 18 ½; 47
Dunkel Pick: San Diego (-18 ½); Under

Idaho at Eastern Washington
Time: 4:05 pm ET
Dunkel Ratings: Idaho 66.616; Eastern Washington 71.181
Dunkel Line & Total: Eastern Washington by 4 ½; 49
Vegas Line & Total: Eastern Washington by 13; 53 ½
Dunkel Pick: Idaho (+13); Under

McNeese State at Sam Houston State
Time: 5:00 pm ET
Dunkel Ratings: McNeese State 57.893; Sam Houston State 77.849
Dunkel Line & Total: Sam Houston State by 20; 53
Vegas Line & Total: Sam Houston State by 15; 58 ½
Dunkel Pick: Sam Houston State (-15); Under

North Dakota State at Northern Iowa
Time: 5:00 pm ET
Dunkel Ratings: North Dakota State 81.618; Northern Iowa 67.388
Dunkel Line & Total: North Dakota State by 14; 40
Vegas Line & Total: North Dakota State by 8 ½; 35
Dunkel Pick: North Dakota State (-8 ½); Over

Holy Cross at Colgate
Time: 5:00 pm ET
Dunkel Ratings: Holy Cross 49.607; Colgate 44.341
Dunkel Line & Total: Holy Cross by 5; 33
Vegas Line & Total: Holy Cross by 7 ½; 39
Dunkel Pick: Colgate (+7 ½); Under

Delaware at Delaware State
Time: 6:00 pm ET
Dunkel Ratings: Delaware 74.091; Delaware State 35.390
Dunkel Line & Total: Delaware by 39 ½; 49
Vegas Line & Total: Delaware by 26 ½; 42
Dunkel Pick: Delaware (-26 ½); Over

East Tennessee State at Mercer
Time: 6:00 pm ET
Dunkel Ratings: East Tennessee State 58.530; Mercer 60.718
Dunkel Line & Total: Mercer by 2; 39
Vegas Line & Total: East Tennessee State by 2 ½; 46 ½
Dunkel Pick: Mercer (+2 ½); Under

Northern Arizona at Southern Utah
Time: 8:00 pm ET
Dunkel Ratings: Northern Arizona 52.764; Southern Utah 66.563
Dunkel Line & Total: Southern Utah by 14; 53
Vegas Line & Total: Southern Utah by 6 ½; 58
Dunkel Pick: Southern Utah (-6 ½); Under

Northwestern State at Incarnate Word
Time: 8:00 pm ET
Dunkel Ratings: Northwestern State 49.087; Incarnate Word 52.473
Dunkel Line & Total: Incarnate Word by 3 ½; 59
Vegas Line & Total: Incarnate Word by 10; 66 ½
Dunkel Pick: Northwestern State (+10); Under

APRIL 11

Sacred Heart at Duquesne
Time: 2:00 pm ET
Dunkel Ratings: Sacred Heart 44.459; Duquesne 53.105
Dunkel Line & Total: Duquesne by 8 ½; 52
Vegas Line & Total: Duquesne by 3; 49 ½
Dunkel Pick: Duquesne (-3); Over

Austin Peay at Eastern Illinois
Time: 2:00 pm ET
Dunkel Ratings: Austin Peay 63.938; Eastern Illinois 46.162
Dunkel Line & Total: Austin Peay by 18; 60
Vegas Line & Total: Austin Peay by 13; 53 ½
Dunkel Pick: Austin Peay (-13); Over

Jacksonville State at Murray State
Time: 3:00 pm ET
Dunkel Ratings: Jacksonville State 64.277; Murray State 61.465
Dunkel Line & Total: Jacksonville State by 3; 48
Vegas Line & Total: Jacksonville State by 9; 52
Dunkel Pick: Murray State (+9); Under

SE Missouri State at Tennessee State
Time: 3:30 pm ET
Dunkel Ratings: SE Missouri State 58.469; Tennessee State 46.335
Dunkel Line & Total: SE Missouri State by 12; 48
Vegas Line & Total: SE Missouri State by 8 ½; 43 ½
Dunkel Pick: SE Missouri State (-8 ½); Over

Tennessee Tech at UT-Martin
Time: 4:00 pm ET
Dunkel Ratings: Tennessee Tech 47.195; UT-Martin 58.636
Dunkel Line & Total: UT-Martin by 11 ½; 42
Vegas Line & Total: UT-Martin by 2 ½; 46
Dunkel Pick: UT-Martin (-2 ½); Under

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