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It has been a crazy year for FCS college football this year, but this weekend represents a loaded slate of games. Most FCS programs opted to play games during a new spring season, while some others went ahead and got some games in last fall.

Most of the FCS powers are set to take the field this weekend, including the defending FCS champs, North Dakota State Bison. North Dakota State will host Youngstown State on Sunday afternoon, and this is the most anticipated game of the weekend.

The NDSU Bison will be without quarterback Trey Lance after he announced his intentions to enter the 2021 NFL Draft. Lance was arguably the best FCS player in the country, but the Bison are still loaded with talent and can still score some points.

Youngstown State has also been a terrific FCS program over the past decade, and they will look to run the ball and slow this game down. The Penguins are extremely athletic, and they won’t be afraid of the challenge of facing the defending champions.

Don’t expect a ton of points in this game as both teams will be trying to shake off the rust from a long layoff. North Dakota State is going to win this game, but not having Lance will keep them from blowing out the Penguins. 

Look for Youngstown State to keep this game closer than Vegas predicts and taking them at +23 is the best option. Betting the under is also the right play in this game.

Here is a quick run down of the complete FCS football schedule for the upcoming weekend.

February 19

South Dakota State at Northern Iowa
Time: 8:00 pm ET
Dunkel Ratings: South Dakota State 74.255; Northern Iowa 75.916
Dunkel Line & Total: Northern Iowa by 1 ½; 32
Vegas Line & Total: South Dakota State 3 ½; 42 ½
Dunkel Pick: Northern Iowa (+3 ½); Under

February 20

Morehead State at James Madison
Time: 12:00 pm ET
Dunkel Ratings: Morehead State 27.317; James Madison 92.473
Dunkel Line & Total: James Madison by 65; 65
Vegas Line & Total: James Madison by 41 ½; 56
Dunkel Pick: James Madison (-41 ½); Over

Mercer at Wofford
Time: 1:00 pm ET
Dunkel Ratings: Mercer 47.228; Wofford 71.282
Dunkel Line & Total: Wofford by 24; 58 ½
Vegas Line & Total: Wofford by 16 ½; 54 ½
Dunkel Pick: Wofford (-16 ½); Over

Samford at East Tennessee State
Time: 1:00 pm ET
Dunkel Ratings: Samford 50.868; East Tennessee State 54.638
Dunkel Line & Total: East Tennessee State by 4; 50
Vegas Line & Total: Samford by 6 ½; 56 ½
Dunkel Pick: East Tennessee State (+6 ½); Under

Southern Illinois at North Dakota
Time: 1:00 pm ET
Dunkel Ratings: Southern Illinois 74.700; North Dakota 62.454
Dunkel Line & Total: Southern Illinois by 12 ½; 44
Vegas Line & Total: Southern Illinois by 2 ½; 48 ½
Dunkel Pick: Southern Illinois (-2 ½); Under

Davidson at Elon
Time: 1:30 pm ET
Dunkel Ratings: Davidson 42.354; Elon 66.690
Dunkel Line & Total: Elon by 24 ½; 57
Vegas Line & Total: Elon by 18 ½; 52 ½
Dunkel Pick: Elon (-18 ½); Over

Tarleton State at New Mexico State
Dunkel Ratings: Tarleton State 64.450; New Mexico State 60.804
Dunkel Line & Total: Tarleton State by 3 ½; 66
Vegas Line & Total: Pick; 58
Dunkel Pick: Tarleton State; Over

Western Carolina at Furman
Time: 2:00 pm ET
Dunkel Ratings: Western Carolina 41.520; Furman 68.655
Dunkel Line & Total: Furman by 27; 58
Vegas Line & Total: Furman by 22; 54 ½
Dunkel Pick: Furman (-22); Over

Illinois State at Missouri State
Time: 2:00 pm ET
Dunkel Ratings: Illinois State 72.449; Missouri State 55.258
Dunkel Line & Total: Illinois State by 17; 36
Vegas Line & Total: Illinois State by 5 ½; 43 ½
Dunkel Pick: Illinois State (-5 ½); Under

San Houston State at Incarnate Word
Time: 3:00 pm ET
Dunkel Ratings: Sam Houston State 62.709; Incarnate Word 47.755
Dunkel Line & Total: Sam Houston State by 15; 62
Vegas Line & Total: Sam Houston State by 12; 57 ½
Dunkel Pick: Sam Houston State (-12); Over

Northwestern State at Lamar
Time: 4:00 pm ET
Dunkel Ratings: Northwestern State 45.971; Lamar 49.028
Dunkel Line & Total: Lamar by 3; 48
Vegas Line & Total: Pick; 57 ½
Dunkel Pick: Lamar; Under

February 21

Eastern Illinois at UT-Martin
Time: 2:00 pm ET
Dunkel Ratings: Eastern Illinois 49.767; UT-Martin 57.828
Dunkel Line & Total: UT-Martin by 8; 52
Vegas Line & Total: UT-Martin by 14; 48
Dunkel Pick: Eastern Illinois (+14); Over

Austin Peay at Tennessee Tech
Time: 2:30 pm ET
Dunkel Ratings: Austin Peay 57.845; Tennessee Tech 55.576
Dunkel Line & Total: Austin Peay by 2 ½; 56
Vegas Line & Total Austin Peay by 6 ½; 64 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Tennessee Tech (+6 ½); Under

Murray State at SE Missouri State
Time: 3:00 pm ET
Dunkel Ratings: Murray State 47.350; SE Missouri State 61.105
Dunkel Line & Total: SE Missouri State by 14; 41
Vegas Line & Total: SE Missouri State by 9 ½; 50 ½
Dunkel Pick: SE Missouri State (-9 ½); Under

Jacksonville State at Tennessee State
Time: 3:00 pm ET
Dunkel Ratings: Jacksonville State 67.913; Tennessee State 45.775
Dunkel Line & Total: Jacksonville State by 22; 64
Vegas Line & Total: Jacksonville State by 14; 61
Dunkel Pick: Jacksonville State (-14); Over

Youngstown State at North Dakota State
Time: 3:30 pm ET
Dunkel Ratings: Youngstown State 70.776; North Dakota State 89.837
Dunkel Line & Total: North Dakota State by 19; 47
Vegas Line & Total: North Dakota State by 23; 52
Dunkel Pick: Youngstown State (+23); Under

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