Bucknell Bison (3-8 Last Season) vs. James Madison Dukes (8-3 Last Season)
Bucknell Bison vs. James Madison Dukes 9/2/23 – On Saturday, September 2, 2023, at 6:00 PM ET, Bucknell University and James Madison Dukes will prepare for an exciting college football clash on Showker Field at Bridgeforth Stadium. This contest promises to showcase both teams’ resilience and skill sets.
Bucknell Bison are looking to overcome recent difficulties and turn the tide in their favor in this game, sporting a 3-8 record led by quarterback Nick Semptimphelter’s impressive passing numbers of 73 for 138 for 746 yards completed so far this season. Semptimphelter boasts a completion rate 52.9, and the average yards per attempt is 5.4. His four touchdowns and four interceptions demonstrate both his potential and areas for improvement. Rushawn Baker has been an integral force in the running game, amassing 646 yards on 153 carries at an average of 4.2 yards per rush and scoring seven touchdowns. Additionally, wide receiver Damian Harris made his mark by collecting 357 receiving yards off 31 receptions at an average of 11.5 yards per catch and scoring one touchdown.
James Madison Dukes are coming into this matchup with an impressive 8-3 record and poised to prove themselves formidable opponents. Despite facing his fair share of challenges, Quarterback Billy Atkins has amassed 212 passing yards. Atkins boasts an average completion rate of 44.2% and average yard per attempt average, accounting for two touchdowns and five interceptions; on the ground Percy Agyei-Obese has been instrumental in their efforts, amassing 908 yards on 159 attempts while scoring eight touchdowns; wide receiver Kris Thornton has amassed 1,015 receiving yards on 59 receptions, with average 17.2 yards per catch average and secured seven touchdowns; among others. For more insights and predictions, check out free expert NCAAF picks.
Bucknell Bison vs. James Madison Dukes Game Info
|When:||Saturday, September 2, 2023 at 6:00 PM ET|
|Where:||Showker Field at Bridgeforth Stadium|
Nick Semptimphelter QB and Billy Atkins QB
Nick Semptimphelter has shown promise as the quarterback for the Bison. Boasting 746 passing yards at a 52.9% completion rate and an average of 5.4 yards per attempt average, Semptimphelter has demonstrated his ability to move the ball downfield effectively while scoring four touchdowns and four interceptions to showcase his potential and areas for improvement.
Despite facing many difficulties this year, Billy Atkins has proven a key figure for the Dukes’ offense. Atkins amassed 212 passing yards for a 44.2% completion rate at an average 4.9 yards per attempt rate, with two touchdowns and five interceptions as proof of his contributions and room for improvement.
Odds/Point Spread: James Madison Dukes ML, Total Odds: 49
James Madison Dukes is an overwhelming favorite to claim victory in this contest due to their superior record, offensive output, and home-field advantage. Additionally, due to their consistent performance and propensity for surpassing expectations, the Dukes should quickly secure victory and cover the spread. Due to the recent road struggles of their opponent (the Bison) and recent loss, as well as offensive firepower (both teams boast offensive prowess with two influential quarterbacks who know where targets lie for touchdowns), total points may surpass projected lines for this matchup.
Bucknell Bison Betting Trends
Bucknell Bison is facing several challenges, evident from recent betting trends. Their record of 0-5 over their last five games and inability to secure victories in six road contests suggests an uphill journey ahead for this team.
James Madison Dukes Betting Trends
James Madison Dukes have proven their ability to perform under pressure by posting an impressive 10-4 ATS record over their past 14 games and being successful during September games – two factors demonstrating their consistent play and readiness to kick off this season powerfully.
Bucknell Bison vs. James Madison Dukes 9/2/23 Betting Picks
As excitement builds between Bucknell Bison and James Madison Dukes, fans, analysts, and bettors anticipate an exhilarating football spectacle. All factors being equal, we anticipate James Madison Dukes to emerge victorious with a score of 35-14 based on robust offense, resilient defense, home-field advantage, and other considerations. Athleticism, strategy, and determination determine how this epic battle unfolds on the field. For more insights and predictions, check out free expert sports picks.
Free Pick and Prediction: James Madison Dukes will win 35-14