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The FCS quarterfinals take place on Sunday with a number of tight contests forecast, including the North Dakota Fighting Hawks (5-1) traveling to Harrisonburg, Virginia, to face the James Madison Dukes (6-0). Kick off is 6 pm ET at Bridgeforth Stadium.

The Dukes advanced with a 31-24 win over VMI in the first round that was sparked by Jawon Hamilton’s 99-yard TD run, the longest in FCS playoff history. JMU’s defense did allow the Keydets to gain over 100 yards rushing (111), but that’s only the third time a team has reached the century mark on the ground against the Dukes in the last 22 games.

That unit will have its work cut out for them trying to stop the Fighting Hawks’ Otis Weah, who ran for 634 yards and 8 TDs this season. Weah and North Dakota’s offense were firing on all cylinders in its 44-10 throttling of Missouri State in the first round.

JMU has won 10 straight home playoff games and the Dunkel Index sees that trend continuing.

The Index projects James Madison as a 6 ½-point favorite in this matchup, which is above the current line of 2 ½. The Index also has the final score total set at 46, which is under the O/U total of 53.

Dunkel’s Pick: James Madison (-2 ½); Under

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

MAY 1

AR-Pine Bluff vs Alabama A&M
Time: 3:00 pm ET
Dunkel Ratings: AR-Pine Bluff 56.776; Alabama A&M 50.876
Dunkel Line & Total: AR-Pine Bluff by 6; 57
Vegas Line & Total: AR-Pine Bluff by 3; 61
Dunkel Pick: AR-Pine Bluff (-3); Under

MAY 2

North Dakota State at Sam Houston State
Time: 3:00 pm ET
Dunkel Ratings: North Dakota State 83.751; Sam Houston State 76.446
Dunkel Line & Total: North Dakota State by 7 ½; 38
Vegas Line & Total: North Dakota State by 3; 47 ½
Dunkel Pick: North Dakota State (-3); Under

Delaware at Jacksonville State
Time: 3:00 pm ET
Dunkel Ratings: Delaware 65.839; Jacksonville State 74.303
Dunkel Line & Total: Jacksonville State by 8 ½; 35
Vegas Line & Total: Jacksonville State by 3 ½; 42
Dunkel Pick: Jacksonville State (-3 ½); Under

North Dakota at James Madison
Time: 6:00 pm ET
Dunkel Ratings: North Dakota 75.484; James Madison 82.097
Dunkel Line & Total: James Madison by 6 ½; 46
Vegas Line & Total: James Madison by 2 ½; 53
Dunkel Pick: James Madison (-2 ½); Under

Southern Illinois at South Dakota State
Time: 9:00 pm ET
Dunkel Ratings: Southern Illinois 71.974; South Dakota State 82.597
Dunkel Line & Total: South Dakota State by 10 ½; 62
Vegas Line & Total: South Dakota State by 15 ½; 54 ½
Dunkel Pick: Southern Illinois (+15 ½); Over
 

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