JMU vs North Dakota State Predictions for FCS National Championship Game

By David Hayes
North Dakota State TE Josh Babicz celebrates a score in a game against the Butler Bulldogs.
North Dakota State TE Josh Babicz celebrates a score in a game against the Butler Bulldogs. / Sam Wasson/Getty Images

FCS National Championship Picks

The James Madison Dukes take on the North Dakota State Bison in the 2020 FCS National Championship game in Frisco, Texas, at 12 p.m. EST this Saturday, Jan. 11. The Dukes are currently 1.5-point favorites, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

If you're thinking about making a wager on this game, it's always wise to consider the advice of some of the experts in the industry. With that in mind, here are a few expert predictions for this weekend's FCS title game between the Dukes and the Bison.

JMU vs NDSU 2020 Predictions

Athlon Sports
Craig Haley, of Athlon Sports, is picking North Dakota State to pull off the upset in a close battle and win this one outright, 27-26.

USA Today (Sagarin)
Jeff Sagarin, of USA Today Sports, also predicts the Bison will come out on top in this one, giving North Dakota State a 59.0 percent chance to beat JMU and win its eighth FCS title in the last nine years.

HERO Sports
Brian McLaughlin, of HERO Sports, is the lone expert backing JMU to win Saturday's FCS National Championship game, predicting the Dukes both to win outright and cover the 1.5-point spread with a 17-12 final in JMU's favor.

Overall, two of the three experts highlighted above are picking North Dakota State to get the best of JMU, while McLaughlin is the only expert predicting JMU to win Saturday's title and cover the spread while doing so.

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