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Old Dominion vs. Florida Atlantic - 11/28/15 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Florida Atlantic Owls (2-9) at Old Dominion Monarchs (5-6)

College Football: Saturday, November 28, 2015 at 12:00 pm (Foreman Field)

The Line: Old Dominion Monarchs +4.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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The Florida Atlantic Owls will travel to Foreman Field to take on the Old Dominion Monarchs this Saturday afternoon in College Football action.

The Florida Atlantic Owls gave the 8th ranked Florida Gators a scare, however, dropped to 2-9 (2-5 C-USA East) on the season after being defeated by the Gators, 20-14, this past Saturday. Florida Atlantic was great defensively as they outgained Florida by a 299-253 margin, however, they did commit three turnovers in the loss. Leading the way for the Owls was QB Jacquez Johnson who completed 17 of 33 passes for 148 yards, TD, and an INT. On the season, Florida Atlantic is averaging 21.5 ppg on 371.5 total yards per game (215.4 passing, 156.1 rushing). Florida Atlantic is led by the rushing game that consists of Greg Howell (53.82 yds/game, 3 TD) and Trey Rodriguez (69.83 yds/game, 5 TD). QB Jacquez Johnson is averaging 150.4 yds/game and has 9 TD and 5 INT. QB Jason Driskel (96.1 yds/game, 3 TD, 4 INT) generally sees a few snaps per game and has gotten a few starts this season when Jacquez Johnson was injured. Jenson Stoshak is the only Owls receiver averaging more than 50 receiving yds/game (66.6 yds/game, 2 TD) and TE Nate Terry has caught 4 TD’s on the season. Defensively, Florida Atlantic is allowing 28.5 ppg on 412.5 yards per game (232.1 passing, 180.4 rushing). The Owls have committed 23 turnovers on the season but has done a nice job forcing turnovers as they currently have a turnover margin of just -1.

Old Dominion vs. Florida Atlantic - 11/28/15 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Old Dominion Monarchs had their two game winning streak snapped and fell to 5-6 (3-4 American East) on the season after being defeated by the Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles ,56-31, this past Saturday. Old Domination had a 17-14 lead at halftime but was outscored by a 42-14 margin in the 2nd half and outgained by Southern Mississippi by a 612-338 margin. Leading the way for Old Dominion was QB Shuler Bentley who completed 22 of 41 passes for 228 yards, 3 TD, and an INT. On the season, the Monarchs are averaging 23.6 ppg on 375.5 yds/game (213.4 passing, 162.1 rushing). Leading the way for Old Dominion has been RB Ray Lawry who has 11 TD’s and is averaging 112.80 yds/game.  QB Shuler Bentley (127.2 yds/ game, 9 TD, 6 INT) will be leading ODU as the Monarchs lost starting QB David Washington (128.3 yds/game, 8 TD, 3 INT) to a season ending knee injury against Southern Mississippi. Zach Pascal (73.8 yds/game, 5 TD) and Jonathan Duhart (52.5 yds/game, 8 TD) lead the way for the Old Dominion WR’s. Defensively, Old Dominion is allowing their opponents to average 36.0 ppg on 437.4 yards per game (238.1 passing, 199.3 rushing). The Monarchs currently have a -2 turnover margin on the season.

The Owls are 17-4 ATS in their last 21 games after scoring less than 20 points in the previous game and 20-6 ATS in their last 26 road games. The Monarchs are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games in November however, just 2-9-1 ATS in their last 12 home games.

Old Dominion might have the better record in this one however, Florida Atlantic has played the much tougher competition this season and took a top-10 team in the country to overtime. Florida Atlantic’s offense is generally their weak point but QB Jacquez Johnson and RB Greg Howell should be able to find some room to operate against an Old Dominion defense that has struggled all season. I’m Florida Atlantic comes out with the same amount of energy as they did last week as if they do, I don’t see them having any trouble covering this small spread on the road. Take Florida Atlantic to cover. 

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