Old Dominion Monarchs (1-4) at Florida Atlantic Owls (2-3)
|Date & Time||Saturday October 6, 2018, 5:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Florida Atlantic Owls -16 -- Over/Under:
The Old Dominion Monarchs will travel to FAU Football Stadium to take on the Florida Atlantic Owls this Saturday night in College Football action.
The Old Dominion Monarchs couldn’t ride the momentum coming off their shocking 49-35 victory over the 15th ranked Virginia Tech Hokies as the Monarchs fell to 1-4 (0-2 C-USA) on the season after being defeated by the East Carolina Pirates, 37-35, this past Saturday. Old Dominion held a 35-28 lead with 9:18 left in regulation, however, couldn’t hold on for the victory after a 38-yard FG by the Pirates Jake Verity gave East Carolina the lead for good with just :46 seconds left in regulation. Old Dominion was outgained by East Carolina by a 492-271 margin however, did win the turnover battle by a 2-1 margin. Leading the way for the Monarchs was QB Blake LaRussa who completed 21 of 36 passes for 250 yards, 2 TD & 1 INT. On the season, Old Dominion is averaging 27.8 ppg on 387.6 total yards per game (287.0 passing yds/g; 100.6 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Old Dominion has been led by QB Blake LaRussa who has completed 60.6% of his passes for 7 TD & 1 INT while averaging 232.0 passing yds/g. The top receivers for LaRussa and the Monarchs have been Jonathan Duhart (6.8 rec/g; 121.2 yds/g; 6 TD), Travis Fulgham (3.4 rec/g; 56.8 yds/g; 2 TD), and Isaiah Harper (3.4 rec/g; 33.6 yds/g; TD). Leading the way for the Monarchs backfield has been Jeremy Cox (14.4 att/g; 62.0 yds/g; 3 TD). Defensively, Old Dominion is allowing their opponents to average 36.0 ppg on 509.0 total yards per game (290.0 passing yds/g; 219.0 rushing yds/g).
The Florida Atlantic Owls lost their 2nd straight game and dropped to 2-3 (0-1 C-USA) on the season after being defeated by the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders, 25-24, this past Saturday. Down by 7 with under a minute to play, Middle Tennessee scored a TD on a 1-yd run and earned the victory after completing the 2-point conversation. Florida Atlantic outgained Middle Tennessee by a 426-396 margin however, did commit two turnovers in the loss. Leading the way for the Owls was RB Devin Singletary who had 118 rushing yards & 2 TD’s on 34 carries. On the season, Florida Atlantic is averaging 31.2 ppg on 456.2 total yards per game (225.4 passing yds/g; 230.8 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Florida Atlantic has been led by RB Devin Singletary who has 12 rushing TD’s on the season while averaging 91.8 yds/g on 22.4 att/g. QB Chris Robison has completed 64.4% of his passes for 5 TD’s & 6 INT while averaging 215.4 passing yds/g. The top receiving targets for the Owls have been Jovon Durante (6.0 rec/g; 77.2 yds/g; 2 TD), Tavaris Harrison (2.8 rec/g; 45.0 yds/g), and Willie Wright (4.4 rec/g; 40.8 yds/g; 2 TD). Defensively, Florida Atlantic is allowing their opponents to average 39.8 ppg on 459.2 total yards per game (255.2 passing yds/g; 204.0 rushing yds/g).
The Monarchs are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games vs. a team with a losing road record however, are 1-6 ATS vs. a team with a losing record. The Owls are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games in October and 7-2 ATS in their last 9 conference games.
Old Dominion one of the biggest upsets in recent memory when they defeated Virginia Tech and although their offensive has been able to move the ball a bit through the air, this is still a rebuilding football team that ranks 123rd in total defense. It’s not been the start of the season for Lane Kiffin and the Owls as they haven’t gotten consistent play at the QB position and have also struggled on defense as they rank just 122nd in scoring defense. As much as Florida Atlantic has struggled, they still have an explosive offense and have the best player on the field in Devin Singletary and as I think their come out of the gates focused after losing a late lead to Middle Tennessee, I’m taking Florida Atlantic to cover this large home spread.