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South Dakota State Preview: #3 Jackrabbits Host #1 NDSU

The Dakota Marker trophy and a share of the Missouri Valley Conference title is on the line as South Dakota State takes on North Dakota State on Saturday at the Fargodome.

The game was originally scheduled for two weeks ago, but postponed because of COVID-19. North Dakota and Missouri State sit atop the conference standings and have wrapped up their conference schedules, so the winner would create a three-way tie in the standings heading into Sunday's playoff selections.

The Bison have dominated the series by taking 12 of the 14 previous contests, but the Jackrabbits have broken through with wins in 2016 and 2017.

Both teams come in with strong defenses, especially against the run, that should keep the score low.  The Dunkel Index projects North Dakota State as a 5 ½-point favorite in this matchup, which is above the current line of 2. The Index also has the final score total set at 40, which is under the O/U total of 44 ½.

Dunkel’s Pick: North Dakota State (-2); Under

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

April 17

Gardner Webb at Charleston Southern
Time: 12:00 pm ET
Dunkel Ratings: Gardner Webb 45.195; Charleston Southern 54.931
Dunkel Line & Total: Charleston Southern by 10; 44
Vegas Line & Total: Charleston Southern by 6 ½; 50
Dunkel Pick: Charleston Southern (-6 ½); Under

Sam Houston State at Incarnate Word
Time: 12:00 pm ET
Dunkel Ratings: Sam Houston State 68.058; Incarnate Word 59.011
Dunkel Line & Total: Sam Houston State by 9; 71
Vegas Line & Total: Sam Houston State by 13; 77
Dunkel Pick: Incarnate Word (+13); Under

Delaware at Villanova
Time: 1:00 pm ET
Dunkel Ratings: Delaware 75.975; Villanova 67.007
Dunkel Line & Total: Delaware by 9; 64
Vegas Line & Total: Delaware by 6 ½; 56
Dunkel Pick: Delaware (-6 ½); Over

Stetson at Davidson
Time: 1:00 pm ET
Dunkel Ratings: Stetson 23.733; Davidson 46.245
Dunkel Line & Total: Davidson by 22 ½; 45
Vegas Line & Total: Davidson by 9; 49
Dunkel Pick: Davidson (-9); Under
 

Mercer at Samford
Time: 1:00 pm ET
Dunkel Ratings: Mercer 66.687; Samford 65.739
Dunkel Line & Total: Mercer by 1; 68
Vegas Line & Total: Samford by 5 ½; 65 ½
Dunkel Pick: Mercer (+5 ½); Over

Portland State at Montana
Time: 1:00 pm ET
Dunkel Ratings: Portland State 59.919; Montana 82.362
Dunkel Line & Total: Montana by 22 ½; 69
Vegas Line & Total: Montana by 18 ½; 61
Dunkel Pick: Montana (-18 ½); Over

San Diego at Valparaiso
Time: 1:00 pm ET
Dunkel Ratings: San Diego 52.537; Valparaiso 30.930
Dunkel Line & Total: San Diego by 21 ½; 53
Vegas Line & Total: San Diego by 12 ½; 49
Dunkel Pick: San Diego (-12 ½); Over

SE Louisiana at Southern Illinois
Time: 1:00 pm ET
Dunkel Ratings: SE Louisiana 62.395; Southern Illinois 61.254
Dunkel Line & Total: SE Louisiana by 1; 67
Vegas Line & Total: Southern Illinois by 6; 62 ½
Dunkel Pick: SE Louisiana (+6); Over

The Citadel at VMI
Time: 1:30 pm ET
Dunkel Ratings: The Citadel 51.366; VMI 64.641
Dunkel Line & Total: VMI by 13 ½; 47
Vegas Line & Total: VMI by 6; 51
Dunkel Pick: VMI (-6); Under

Presbyterian at Drake
Time: 2:00 pm ET
Dunkel Ratings: Presbyterian 44.133; Drake 40.715
Dunkel Line & Total: Presbyterian by 3 ½; 30
Vegas Line & Total: Drake by 4 ½; 35
Dunkel Pick: Presbyterian (+4 ½); Under

Richmond at James Madison
Time: 2:00 pm ET
Dunkel Ratings: Richmond 66.019; James Madison 83.807
Dunkel Line & Total: James Madison by 18; 56
Vegas Line & Total: James Madison by 12 ½; 50 ½
Dunkel Pick: James Madison (-12 1/2); Over

Holy Cross at Bucknell
Time: 2:00 pm ET
Dunkel Ratings: Holy Cross 56.607; Bucknell 45.896
Dunkel Line & Total: Holy Cross by 11; 46
Vegas Line & Total: Holy Cross by 6 ½: 40 ½
Dunkel Pick: Holy Cross (-6 ½); Over

Grambling at Southern
Time: 2:30 pm ET
Dunkel Ratings: Grambling 44.076; Southern 47.471
Dunkel Line & Total: Southern by 3 1/2: 59
Vegas Line & Total: Southern by 8; 55
Dunkel Pick: Grambling (+8); Over

Mississippi Valley State at Texas Southern
Time: 3:00 pm ET
Dunkel Ratings: Mississippi Valley State 21.281; Texas Southern 31.888
Dunkel Line & Total: Texas Southern by 10 ½; 64
Vegas Line & Total: Texas Southern by 2 ½; 55 ½
Dunkel Pick: Texas Southern (-2 ½); Over

South Dakota State at North Dakota State
Time: 3:30 pm ET
Dunkel Ratings: South Dakota State 80.580; North Dakota State 86.080
Dunkel Line & Total: North Dakota State by 5 ½: 40
Vegas Line & Total: North Dakota State by 2; 44 ½
Dunkel Pick: North Dakota State (-2); Under

Butler at Morehead State
Time: 4:00 pm ET
Dunkel Ratings: Butler 21.617; Morehead State 39.483
Dunkel Line & Total: Morehead State by 18; 45
Vegas Line & Total: Morehead State by 9 ½; 49
Dunkel Pick: Morehead State (-9 ½); Under

Idaho at Northern Arizona
Time: 4:00 pm ET
Dunkel Ratings: Idaho 68.189; Northern Arizona 56.697
Dunkel Line & Total: Idaho by 11 ½; 59
Vegas Line & Total: Idaho by 2; 52
Dunkel Pick: Idaho (-2); Over

Prairie View at AR-Pine Bluff
Time: 4:00 pm ET
Dunkel Ratings: Prairie View 49.441; AR-Pine Bluff 47.043
Dunkel Line & Total: Prairie View by 2 ½; 57
Vegas Line & Total: AR-Pine Bluff by 1; 51 ½
Dunkel Pick: Prairie View (+1); Over

South Carolina State at Delaware State
Time: 6:00 pm ET
Dunkel Ratings: South Carolina State by 42.956; Delaware State 43.507
Dunkel Line & Total: Delaware State by 1; 47
Vegas Line & Total: South Carolina State by 6 ½; 41 ½
Dunkel Pick: Delaware State (+6 ½); Over

Alabama A&M at Alabama State
Time: 7:30 pm ET
Dunkel Ratings: Alabama A&M 57.137; Alabama State 44.831
Dunkel Line & Total: Alabama A&M by 12 ½; 57
Vegas Line & Total: Alabama A&M by 4 ½; 50 ½
Dunkel Pick: Alabama A&M (-4 ½); Over

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