FCS Championship Odds: North Dakota State Vs. Montana State

  • The North Dakota State Bison are 7.5-point favorites against the Montana State Bobcats.
  • Montana State comes back with +230 odds on the moneyline as a betting underdog.
  • The total is set at just 41.5 points with -110 odds on both sides.

FRISCO, Texas – The FCS Championship on Saturday is set to be between the Montana State Bobcats and North Dakota State Bison.

Betting The Spread/Moneyline

North Dakota State has been a powerhouse in the FCS for a number of years, having won the title in eight of the last 10 years, but this time they’ll be playing a new challenger in Montana State. Online sportsbooks are favoring the Bison by more than a touchdown.

FCS Championship Spread Odds

  • Montana State Bobcats +7.5 -110
  • North Dakota State Bison -7.5 -110

Notably in this matchup, the teams are the two best scoring defenses in the country, but North Dakota State seems to have the advantage on the offensive side of the ball. NDSU scored 33.8 points and gains 426.3 yards of offense per game while Montana State scored just 30.0 points per game and gains 406.9 yards per game.

FCS Championship Moneyline Odds

  • Montana State +230
  • North Dakota State -280

However, as it's projected to be a game driven on defense, it’s possible that neither team is able to create separation of more than one possession. Even further, bettors may take a stab at the underdog on the moneyline given that points should be at a premium.

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Betting The Total: 41.5 Points

The total for the game is set at a very low number due to the aforementioned elite defenses. The Bison allow just 11.21 points per game while the Bobcats give up 13.43 per game. Given the strong defenses, those betting on college football will naturally be drawn to the UNDER.

FCS Championship Total Odds

  • OVER 41.5 -110
  • UNDER 41.5 -110

However, only three of North Dakota State’s 11 regular-season games went UNDER the set total, but each of their last two playoff games has done so. Plus, five of Montana State’s 11 regular-season games went UNDER this total but just one of their three playoff games has done so. Despite how good these defenses are at preventing points, the line seems to show an overreaction.