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James Madison vs. North Dakota State Odds, Pick, Betting Prediction: Tail FCS Title Game Line Moves?


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  • James Madison is a 1.5-point betting favorite over North Dakota State in the 2020 FCS National Title Game, which kicks off at 12 p.m. ET on Saturday.
  • The total has seen huge movement with hail, rain and wind expected in Frisco throughout the afternoon. It's dropped five points in the last 24 hours.
  • Get our experts' JMU vs. NDSU picks below.

James Madison vs. NDSU Odds

  • Odds: JMU -2 vs. NDSU
  • Total: 45
  • Time: 12 p.m. ET
  • TV: ABC
  • Location: Frisco, Texas

The FCS Playoffs, while well-formatted and almost always exciting at times, can often feel like a little bit of a formality. Especially this year, when both the top two teams are way ahead of the pack.

But now we get that 1 vs. 2 showdown that should live up to the hype.

Top-ranked North Dakota State is looking to capture its eighth FCS national title in nine years when it faces off against James Madison in Frisco, Texas on Saturday.

The Sagarin Ratings (which include both FBS and FCS teams) ranks NDSU at No. 36 in the country and JMU No. 50. The next closest FCS team is Weber State at No. 91.

If the No. 2 Dukes close as a favorite, it would be the first time NDSU is an underdog since 2016, when it beat Iowa outright as a two-touchdown dog.

Can JMU pull off the “upset” and deny the Bison another national title? Let’s dive in.

Odds as of Saturday morning and via FanDuel, where Action Network users get a risk-free bet up to $500.

Odds Movement for FCS National Title

James Madison opened as a 2-point favorite at some Vegas shops. William Hill had NDSU as a 1-point favorite by Friday, but overnight into Saturday, it flipped back to JMU -2

The total has seen even more one-sided action, dropping from as high as 55 at William Hill right before Christmas to 48 across the market as of Friday. Then overnight Saturday and into the morning, it fell to 43.5, but rebounded to 45.

Most of the market opened at 51.5 and dropped to 45 by Saturday. — Steve Petrella

Weather & Field Conditions

Toyota Stadium in Frisco has a grass field used for MLS and Texas high school football games. The forecast for all of Friday and overnight into Saturday morning calls for heavy rains with flash flood warnings.

We could be looking at a drenched field that will lead to a slower track … the complete opposite of the game between LSU and Clemson.

Throw in the cold temperatures and 20 mph winds throughout the game and you immediately have to give the under a hard look.

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