Davidson Wildcats vs Elon Phoenix prediction and FCS spring football game preview.
Davidson vs Elon Broadcast
Date: Saturday, February 20
Game Time: 1:30 ET
Venue: Rhodes Stadium, Elon, NC
Davidson (0-0) vs Elon (0-0) Game Preview
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Why Davidson Will Win
The Wildcats have a decent offense that was great a few years ago at keeping the chains moving. The competition might not have been anything amazing in the Pioneer League, but Davidson was No. 1 in the nation in third down conversions and fantastic at pushing the ball down the field.
Returning to make it all go is Tyler Phelps, a veteran lefty who struggled with his accuracy, but connected on a whole lot of deep plays and kept things moving with his legs, too. The O line is good, and the defensive front should once again be outstanding against the run but …
Why Elon Will Win
Elon is a wild card team that should be much, much better than it was in 2019.
QB Davis Cheek is a good enough passer to match Phelps big play for big play, and he gets back most of his weapons to spread the wealth around. Davidson isn’t going to generate a ton of plays in the backfield, and it’s not going to be the type of defense that comes up with a whole lot of turnovers.
It was a few years ago, but the Elon D was great at coming up with takeaways – the Phoenix have to win the turnover battle.
What’s Going To Happen
No, really, just how good will Elon be?
The experience is there to make a jump up in the second full year under Tony Trisciani, but the offense has to be more explosive to keep up with what Davidson should be able to do.
Elon will survive at home with the D bending but not breaking all that often. Davidson will come up with a few big plays to keep this from getting too ugly, but it won’t be consistent enough.
Davidson vs Elon Prediction, Line
Elon 31, Davidson 17
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CFN Line Best Guess*: Elon -8.5, o/u: 45
Must See Rating: 3
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*For the FCS spring games with lines that aren’t officially posted, we’re taking our best guess on what the line and over/under would and probably should be regardless of what our prediction is.
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