Southern Miss vs. Old Dominion - 11/21/15 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Old Dominion Monarchs (5-5) at Southern Miss Golden Eagles (7-3)
College Football: Saturday, November 21, 2015 at 3:30 pm (MM Roberts Stadium)
The Line: Southern Miss Golden Eagles -19.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Old Dominion Monarchs will travel to M.M. Roberts Stadium to take on the Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles this Saturday afternoon in College Football action.
The Old Dominion Monarchs were able to notch their 2nd consecutive victory and improve to 5-5 (3-3 C-USA East) on the season after defeating the UTWP Miners 31-21 this past Saturday. Old Dominion outgained UTEP by a 441-305 margin and forced the Miners to commit two turnovers in the victory. Leading the way for the Monarchs was QB David Washington who completed 26 of 42 passes for 291 yards and 2 TD. On the season, Old Dominion is averaging 22.9 ppg on 379.2 yards per game (212.3 passing, 166.9 rushing). Leading the way for the Monarch’s offense has been RB Ray Lawry who has 11 TD’s and is averaging 112.8 rushing yds/game. QB David Washington has 8 TD and 3 INT on the season and is averaging 144.9 passing yds/game. WR’s Zach Pascal (75.8 yds/game, 4 TD) and Jonathan Duhart (44.3 yds/game, 6 TD) have been the biggest threats for the Monarchs at the WR position. Defensively, Old Dominion is allowing their opponents to average 34.0 ppg on 420.6 yards per game (231.7 passing, 188.9 rushing). Old Dominion currently has a turnover margin of minus 2 and are led defensively by LB TJ Ricks who has 103 tackles and 1.5 sacks.
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The Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles won their 5th straight game and improved to 7-3 (5-1 C-USA West) on the season after defeating the Rice Owls 65-10 this past Saturday. The Golden Eagles has little trouble with Rice as they build a commanding 42-0 lead by halftime and outgained the Owls by a 682-214 margin. Leading the way for the Golden Eagles was QB Nick Mullens who completed 23 or 31 passes for 386 yards and 5 TD’s. On the season, Southern Mississippi is averaging 38.6 ppg on 525.1 yards per game (339.4 passing, 185.7 rushing). Leading the Golden Eagles offense has been QB Nick Mullens who has thrown for 30 TD’s and 7 INT while averaging 327.6 passing yds/game. Mullen’s does a good job spreading the ball around to his receivers Mike Thomas (95.9 yds/game, 9 TD), Casey Martin (64.0 yds/game, 6 TD), and D.J. Thompson (60.3 yds/game, 6 TD). The Southern Mississippi rushing attack is led by Jalen Richard who is averaging 88.60 yds/game and has 8 TD’s on the season. Defensively, Southern Mississippi is holding their opponents to an average of 21.4 ppg on 346.9 yards per game (186.2 passing, 160.7 rushing). Southern Mississippi currently has a minus 5 turnover margin on the season and is led defensively by DL David Bradley who had 36 tackles and 5.5 sacks.
The Monarchs are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games in November and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 road games. The Golden Eagles are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games and 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games overall.
Southern Mississippi will need to ensure they don’t overlook Old Dominion prior to their big matchup at Louisiana Tech next week that should determine who wins the C-USA West. Old Dominion does have a decent offense but their defense has struggled against strong offenses as they gave up 55 points to Western Kentucky and 49 points to Application State earliler this year. Southern Mississippi seem to have everything flowing on the offense end last week against Rice and as Old Dominion’s defense isn’t much better than Rice’s, I expect another Southern Mississippi blow out this Saturday. Take the Golden Eagles to cover this large spread.