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UMASS vs. Old Dominion - 9/9/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Old Dominion Monarchs (1-0) at Massachusetts Minutemen (0-2)

College Football: Saturday, September 9, 2017 at 3:30 pm (Warren McGuirk Alumni Stadium)

The Line: UMASS Minutemen +2 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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The Old Dominion Monarchs face off against the UMASS Minutemen in college football action on Saturday afternoon.

The Old Dominion Monarchs will look to build on their opening week victory, a 31-17 win over Albany. Blake LaRussa led the team with 161 yards through the air on 14 of 20 passing with a touchdown and two interceptions. Ray Lawry led the team with 44 yards and a touchdowns on 5 carries while Gemonta Jackson and Brandon Simmons contributed a rushing score of their own in the win. Jonathan Duhart led the Monarchs with 97 yards and a touchdown with his 5 receptions while Jeremy Cox caught a team-high 7 balls out of the backfield, fumbling the rock twice. It was a sack party on the defensive side of the ball for ODU, who combined for 6.5 sacks and an interception in the winning effort.

UMASS vs. Old Dominion - 9/9/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The UMASS Minutemen will look to bounce back after dropping the first two games of their season, falling by a final score of 38-28 at the hands of Coastal Carolina in week two. Andrew Ford threw for 316 yards and a touchdown on 25 of 41 passing, while also rushing for a TD as well. Marquis Young used his team-leading 12 carries to rack up 40 yards and a pair of touchdown on the ground for the Minutemen. UMASS had a pair of 100-yard receivers in week 2, with Adam Breneman catching a team-high 9 balls for 126 yards while Andy Isabella hauled in 6 grabs for 101 yards and a touchdown. The Minutemen outgained the Chanticleers overall, but UMASS had absolutely no answer for the Coastal Carolina run game, racking up 321 yards on the ground when all was said and done.

Old Dominion is 9-1-1 ATS in their last 11 games against a team with a losing record and 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 road games. UMASS is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games and 3-8 ATS in their last 11 home games while the over is 4-0 in their last 4 games overall.

This will be UMASS’ first home game of the season, but I just can’t justify taking the Minutemen with how they’ve performed this season. UMASS blew a two touchdown lead in week one, and was run over like roadkill in week two. Sure, Albany isn’t a national title contender, but Old Dominion actually looked like a capable team in their win, so I’ll lay the points with the Monarchs here. 

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