Eastern Michigan Eagles (7-5) at Old Dominion Monarchs (9-3)
College Football: Friday, December 23, 2016 at 1:00 pm (Thomas Robinson Stadium)
The Line: Old Dominion Monarchs -3 -- Over/Under: 66.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Eastern Michigan Eagles and Old Dominion Monarchs meet Friday afternoon in the college football Bahamas Bowl at Thomas Robinson Stadium on ESPN.
The Eastern Michigan Eagles look for their eighth victory of the season in their second ever bowl appearance. The Eastern Michigan Eagles have won eight or more games twice in school history. Brogan Roback is completing 59.2 percent of his passes for 2,394 yards, 16 touchdowns and six interceptions. Roback has two or more touchdown passes in five of his last eight games. Sergio Bailey II and Antoine Porter have combined for more than 1,290 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns while Nigel Kilby has 34 receptions. The Eastern Michigan Eagles ground game is averaging 158.1 yards per contest, and Ian Eriksen leads the way with 741 yards and nine touchdowns. Defensively, Eastern Michigan is allowing 30.3 points and 435.9 yards per game. Jason Beck leads the Eastern Michigan Eagles with 98 tackles, Pat O'Connor has eight sacks and DaQuan Pace has three interceptions.
The Old Dominion Monarchs look for their first 10-game winning season in their first bowl appearance. The Old Dominion Monarchs have won their last five games. David Washington is completing 59.7 percent of his passes for 2,648 yards, 28 touchdowns and four interceptions. Washington has two or more touchdown passes in six straight games. Zach Pascal and Jonathan Duhart have combined for more than 1,583 receiving yards and 16 touchdowns while Travis Fulgham has 28 receptions. The Old Dominion Monarchs ground game is averaging 196 yards per contest, and Ray Lawry leads the way with 1,122 yards and 11 touchdowns. Defensively, Old Dominion is allowing 27.8 points and 376.4 yards per game. TJ Ricks leads the Old Dominion Monarchs with 93 tackles, Oshane Ximines has 7.5 sacks and Aaron Young has three interceptions.
The Eagles are 6-0 ATS vs. a team with a winning record and the over is 4-0 in Eagles last 4 games on grass. The Monarchs are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 games following a straight up win and the over is 4-0 in Monarchs last 4 vs. a team with a winning record.
Eastern Michigan has struggled defensively all season and that's not going to fly going up against an ODU squad that can pour it on offensively. The Monarchs are a well balanced football team that's won five straight and will be eager to prove itself to the rest of the college football world in just their third FBS season. Outcomes of bowl games a lot of the times have to do with motivation and you're not going to find a team hungrier than Old Dominion given this breakthough chance. The Eastern Michigan Eagles aren't good enough defensively to keep up in this contest. I'll take ODU and the small line.