New Hampshire at South Dakota State FCS Football 2017 Playoffs Quarterfinal Breakdown

New Hampshire shutout Central Connecticut State 14-0 in the First Round and took down #4 seed, Central Arkansas, 21-15 in the Second Round. Getting outgained by the Bears 434-216, the Wildcats were opportunistic. The opinion was their offense was definitely behind what their defense has been doing. Nothing happened in Conway, Arkansas to change that perception. The Wildcat defense forced four turnovers, two fumbles and two interceptions, including a pick six. Provided enough offense can be found and the defense continues to travel, they’ll have a puncher’s chance.
South Dakota State flipped the script on Northern Iowa, winning 37-22. The Panthers are the last team who beat the Jackrabbits, almost two months ago. The Jacks barely outgained UNI, but used a bruising ground game, grinding out 143 yards on 42 carries. It’s a less than impressive 4.3 ypc, but it seemed to deflate the Panthers defense. None of the stats from this Second Round win lean heavily in SDSU’s favor, but they took advantage of the situations present better than their opponent.
Having just played a rugged defensive team, South Dakota State shouldn’t be bothered by the Wildcats. However, if UNH can be timely with their stops and force turnovers again, this game could be completely up in the air. Can New Hampshire travel cross country and contain those weapons on SDSU’s offense?
Projected Score: South Dakota State 27, New Hampshire 14