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FCS Championship Game odds, picks, analysis for Jan. 8 game: College football expert reveals picks for Montana State vs. North Dakota State matchup

SportsLine college football expert Emory Hunt has made his selections for this weekend's FCS Championship Game between the Montana State Bobcats and North Dakota State Bison
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The seventh-ranked Montana State Bobcats will look for their first championship since 1984 when they take on the perennial power and third-ranked North Dakota State Bison in the 2022 FCS Championship Game on Saturday. The Bobcats are 12-2 on the season, while the Bison, who have won nine of the past 11 national titles, are 13-1. Kickoff from the Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas, is set for noon ET. North Dakota State is a 7.5-point favorite in the latest odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while the over-under for total points scored is set at 41.5.

Before making any FCS Championship Game picks or predictions for Montana State vs. North Dakota State, you NEED to see what SportsLine college football expert Emory Hunt has to say.

Hunt is the founder and CEO of Football Gameplan, which has been supplying analysis of all levels of football since 2007, and a former running back at Louisiana-Lafayette. He knows the game from a player's perspective. Hunt is 202-164-2 in college football over the past two-plus seasons, returning $1,477 to $100 players. He is 26-15 on FCS bets this season. Anybody who has followed him is WAY UP!

Hunt knows the Bison chew up a lot of time and grind down their opponents, averaging 33.8 points per game. North Dakota State averages 32 minutes, 11 seconds in time of possession and is third in the nation in rushing, averaging 273.6 yards per game. Junior running backs TaMerik Williams, Kobe Johnson and Hunter Luepke power the running game. Williams leads the team with 114 carries for 715 yards (6.3 average) and 12 touchdowns. He rushed 15 times for 91 yards and two scores in the Bison's 27-3 quarterfinal win over East Tennessee State.

Hunt also knows the Bobcats also have had a lot of success running the ball. Montana State is averaging 225.5 yards per game on the ground, led by junior running back Isaiah Ifanse. In 13 games this season, Ifanse has carried 262 times for 1,539 yards (5.9 average) and 10 touchdowns. He is averaging 118.4 yards per game. Ifanse can catch the ball out of the backfield as well and has 13 receptions for 105 yards (8.1 average) and one score.

Now, Hunt has locked in his confident against-the-spread pick for Montana State vs. North Dakota State in the 2022 FCS National Championship Game. We can tell you he's leaning Over the total, and he says there's a critical x-factor that makes one side a must-back! You ABSOLUTELY need to see what it is before locking in any picks of your own.  

Who wins Montana State vs. North Dakota State on Jan. 8? And which side of the spread a must-back? ... Join SportsLine right now to see which side of the Montana State vs. North Dakota State spread to jump on, all from the expert who returned nearly $1,500 to $100 players on his college football picks over the past two-plus seasons!

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