Utah State vs North Dakota Prediction, Game Preview

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Utah State vs North Dakota Prediction, Game Preview

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Utah State vs North Dakota Prediction, Game Preview

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Utah State vs North Dakota prediction and game preview.


Utah State vs North Dakota Broadcast

Date: Friday, September 10
Game Time: 9:00 ET
Venue: Maverick Stadium, Logan, UT
Network: CBS Sports Network

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Why North Dakota Will Win

Forget the FCS designation – North Dakota might just be the better team.

The Fighting Hawks were terrific in the FCS spring session, bring a terrific defense, and there’s enough of a balanced attack to be in control throughout. In the 35-14 win over Idaho State to start the season, they ran for 185 yards, threw for 183, didn’t make a whole lot of mistakes, and they got out with a win.

North Dakota won’t beat itself. It got flagged a bit too much last week, but the downfield passing game worked without any picks, the attack kept the chains moving, and it can all keep on going against a Utah State team that’s still rebuilding a bit even though …

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Why Utah State Will Win

It beat Washington State.

It certainly wasn’t pretty, and it took a whole lot of work to get there. but under new head coach Blake Anderson and his former Arkansas State quarterback Logan Bonner, the Aggies cranked up 219 passing yards – to go along with 222 on the ground – to get the win.

The defense was outstanding, the pass rush was strong, and the offensive line controlled the Wazzu defensive line.

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What’s Going To Happen

South Dakota State tagged Colorado State with a dominant win last week on the road, and North Dakota will come very, very close.

The bad 2020 season was a blip for Utah State. Anderson had pieces to work with, he brought a few of his own, and more than anything else he appears to have cranked up the line play right away.

It’ll be a fun fight – and North Dakota can absolutely pull this off – but Bonner will spread out the passing game enough to take control away in the second half.

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Utah State vs North Dakota Prediction, Line

Utah State 26, North Dakota 23
Line: Utah State -7.5, o/u: 51.5
ATS Confidence out of 5: 2

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