Old Dominion Monarchs 2020 Win Total - College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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Breaking Down The Old Dominion Monarchs Win Total For The 2020 Season

2020 College Football Season

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The Old Dominion Monarchs come into the 2020 season looking to shake off the program’s worst season in their six-year history with the FBS.

The Old Dominion Monarchs finished the year with a paltry 1-11 record, including an 0-8 mark in Conference USA conference play, finishing at the bottom of the C-USA East division. The 1-11 mark made it the third straight year where the win total declined for the Monarchs after finishing with four victories the year prior. This led to the resignation of head coach Bobby Wilder in December, prompting ODU to sign Ricky Rahne from Penn state for his first head coaching job, and Rahne has quite the task at hand in his first year at the helm.

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Let’s take a look at Old Dominion’s schedule for the 2020 college football season.

Friday Sept. 4 vs. Wake Forest

Saturday Sept. 12 vs. Hampton

Saturday Sept. 19 vs. FIU

Saturday Sept. 26 vs. Middle Tennessee

Saturday Oct. 3 at UConn

Saturday Oct. 17 at UTSA

Saturday Oct. 24 vs. Virginia

Saturday Oct. 31 at Western Kentucky

Saturday Nov. 7 vs. UAB

Saturday Nov. 14 at Charlotte

Saturday Nov. 21 at FAU

Saturday Nov. 28 vs. Marshall

 

For Old Dominion, it can really only go up from here, that’s how bad the Monarchs were offensively in 2019. The offense couldn’t run, couldn’t throw the ball for a first down, nothing. Stone Smartt threw for 1,006 yards, a touchdown and 6 interception while rushing for a team-high 5 rushing TDs. Hayden Wolff will also push for the starting job at QB after a frustrating season in his own right. The Monarchs picked up Penn State transfer Ricky Slade to lead the ground attack, and the good news is that the Monarchs boast a solid receiving group that’s led by Aaron Moore who had a team-high 26 catches last season. The top five wideouts are also expected back, including Eric Kumah who cut his season short due to injury last season. Defensively, there isn’t as much work needed, as nine of ODU’s top 11 tacklers from last year’s square are expected to come back, including Keion White who had 19 tackles for a loss last season and Lawrence Garner at linebacker who led the Monarchs with 110 total tackles including 67 solo tackles last season.

The win total for Old Dominion this season is set at 3, which isn’t unreasonable despite the number seeming low on the surface. The Monarchs have a chance to go over that number within the first month of the season with four straight home games, but two of those are losses in my book, against a stronger ACC team like Wake Forest and a Middle Tennessee squad that ODU is 0-4 all time against. Hampton should be a win and I’ll probably chalk up FIU as a loss despite it being a coin flip in years past. The only other winnable games may be at UConn as the Huskies really haven’t done all that much in years past, and at Charlotte but outside of that, another one win season wouldn’t shock me in the slightest. Maybe Rahne has some success finding a QB for Old Dominion, but I’ll need to see it to believe it. I’ll take the under on the Old Dominion Monarchs win total for this season.

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