Why James Madison Will Win The FCS National Championship
– The defense is just that devastating. No, JMU hasn’t dealt with a team or a running game as good as North Dakota State’s, but North Dakota State hasn’t faced a D like this.
LB Dimitri Holloway and company have the athleticism and experience to be unfazed by what’s coming. All six/seven starters in the versatile defensive front are upperclassmen, and everyone can hit. This group swarms around everything.
Only three opponents have come up with more than 300 yards of total offense against the Duke, and Stony Brook is the only offense to come up with more than 100 rushing yards. That’s because …
– The Dukes come up with lots and lots of tackles for loss. It actually is possible to get into the North Dakota State backfield. It doesn’t happen often, but Missouri State and Illinois State were able to make enough plays behind the line to be annoying. JMU has come up with ten or more tackles for loss six times in the last 11 games and with nine or more TFLs in nine games on the season.
– Ben DiNucci has been brilliant. The former Pitt quarterback transferred to JMU and turned into a fantastic all-around playmaker for the O, hitting over 71% of his passes for 3,237 yards and 27 scores and just five picks. He’s big, mobile, and consistent, he’s got the weapons around him to keep up in any sort of offensive fight, and he’s almost automatic on third downs.