This season’s FCS national championship features two teams who mirror each other. North Dakota State and Montana State have similar playing styles and are built the same. It’s another example of the formula it takes to win a title in this subdivision.
While NDSU and MSU look similar on the field, how do they stack up on paper?
Here’s a tale of the tape breakdown of the teams statistically.
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|0.461 (6th)||3rd down Conv %||.412 (35th)|
|.263 (2nd)||3rd down Conv % D||.333 (26th)|
|5.29 (30th)||Fewest Penalties Per Game||3.93 (4th)|
|13 (25th)||Def. Interceptions||18 (4th)|
|152.6 (110th)||Passing Offense||181.4 (86th)|
|177.0 (11th)||Pass Defense||187.6 (21st)|
|14.25 (5th)||Yards Per Completion||13.65 (15th)|
|.667 (5th)||Red Zone Defense||.700 (10th)|
|.825 (50th)||Red Zone Offense||.915 (7th)|
|82.7 (3rd)||Rushing Defense||107.9 (13th)|
|273.6 (3rd)||Rushing Offense||225.5 (7th)|
|3.50 (4th)||Sacks Per Game||3.14 (10th)|
|1.21 (16th)||Sacks Allowed Per Game||1.43 (26th)|
|11.21 (1st)||Scoring Defense||13.43 (2nd)|
|33.8 (14th)||Scoring Offense||30.0 (35th)|
|5.9 (45th)||TFLs Per Game||6.8 (22nd)|
|259.7 (3rd)||Total Defense||295.5 (13th)|
|426.3 (20th)||Total Offense||406.9 (32nd)|
|20 (32nd)||Turnovers Gained||23 (17th)|
|12 (14th)||Turnovers Lost||8 (1st)|
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