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Steve Merril

FCS Championship Game – Jan. 9th

Jacksonville State vs. North Dakota State (-3, 55.5) (12 pm ET, espn2)

My power ratings actually make North Dakota State -4 in this game on a neutral field, so there is some line value on the Bison, especially at -2.5 or less. Jacksonville State (13-1 SU) is the #1 overall seed, but North Dakota State (12-2 SU, #3 seed) played the tougher schedule this season in the Missouri Valley Conference and the Bison have plenty of experience, winning four straight national titles.

This championship game use to be played in December in Chattanooga, Tennessee with no bye week. However, the format changed in 2010 and there is now a three-week layoff with the championship game being played in Frisco, Texas. Since this change, the title games have been much lower scoring with total points of just 39, 23, 52, 42, 56 scored in the past five games for an average and median score of just 42 points per game. It appears the extended layoff has affected the offenses more than defenses.