FCS Playoff Game Breakdown: Kennesaw State at Wofford

Kennesaw State at Wofford
Kennesaw State needed that last game to get eight Division I wins. A loss would have left them on the outside. The Owls are 10-2 and feature the best rushing attack in the FCS. With that, they have almost the worst passing offense. The defense gets a lot of benefits from the time control. It doesn’t hurt to play multiple lower Division opponents and some weaker Big South conference teams. What else helps is looking into the rushing stats. No less than eight players have ran for at least 200 yards. That doesn’t sound like much, but when all you do is run, it helps the effectiveness. Brandon Rechsteiner and Tommy Bryant are the featured backs, along with quarterback Daniel David. David is counted on for making the reads, so the offense is really his car to drive.
Wofford is no slouch when it comes to rushing the ball, as they’re 4th nationally. Early on, the Terriers lost to South Carolina State and Samford. They looked like the biggest national disappointment in September. All of a sudden, quarterback Joe Newman and company got it together and won every game left on the schedule, that wasn’t FBS Clemson. Statistically, looking at Wofford is like looking at Kennesaw State. The triple option is like that. The defense uses the offense to stay fresh and take chances, knowing the opponent will get ground down and tire out in the end.
Who controls the clock and the ball? Turnovers with teams this proficient moving the ball with the running game can be extra large in this kind of match-up. One team holding a +2 turnover advantage should win this game comfortably, otherwise expect it to be a narrow decision, one way or the other.
Prediction: Wofford 24, Kennesaw State 21