Old Dominion vs. UTSA - 11/9/19 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Old Dominion vs. UTSA - 11/9/19 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by John Glaser-USA TODAY Sports

UTSA Roadrunners (3-5) at Old Dominion Monarchs (1-8)

College Football: Saturday, November 9, 2019 at 2:00 pm (Foreman Field at S.B. Ballard Stadium)

The Line: Old Dominion Monarchs -4.5 -- Over/Under: 43.5

TV: ESPN3

The UTSA Roadrunners and the Old Dominion Monarchs meet in a week 11 C-USA college football tilt from Foreman Field on Saturday afternoon.

The UTSA Roadrunners will look to bounce back after suffering a 45-14 loss to Texas A&M in their last outing, falling to 3-5 on the year as a result. Lowell Narcisse has thrown for 575 yards, 3 touchdowns and 3 interceptions on 48.7% passing while also sitting 2nd in rushing with 412 rushing yards and 4 touchdowns. Sincere McCormick leads UTSA in rushing with 610 rushing yards with 6 touchdowns while Carlos Strickland is the Roadrunners’ top receiver with 22 catches for 232 yards. McCormick, Tariq Wooden and Zakhari Franklin each have 100+ receiving yards this season. Defensively, Andrew Martel leads UTSA with 53 total tackles while Carl Austin III has 47 total tackles with a team—high 34 solo tackles and DeQuarius Henry leads UTSA with 3.5 sacks this season. As a team, UTSA is averaging 311.4 yards of total offense and 18.8 points per game while allowing 407.5 yards of total defense and 33.4 points per game against this season.

The Old Dominion Monarchs will be out to snap their current eight-game losing skid after a 24-17 loss on the road to FIU last time out. Stone Smartt leads Old Dominion with 833 passing yards, with a touchdown and 5 interceptions. Kesean Strong leads the Monarchs in rushing with 261 rushing yards while Lala Davis is right behind with 257 rushing yards with both logging 3 rushing TDs. The previously mentioned Smartt also has 143 rushing yards and 5 rushing touchdowns while Eric Kumah leads ODU with 192 receiving yards. Strong, Nigel Fitzgerald and Steven Williams are also 100+ yard receivers for the Monarchs this year. As a team, Old Dominion is averaging 239.6 yards of total offense and 14.8 points per game while allowing 360.4 yards of total defense and 28.7 points per game against this season.

UTSA is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games against a team with a losing record and 3-13 ATS in their last 16 games on turf while the under is 15-5-1 in their last 21 conference games. Old Dominion is 0-4 ATS in their last 4 home games and 4-11 ATS in their last 15 conference games while the under is 8-2 in their last 10 games overall.

The Roadrunners don’t have the wins to show for it, but UTSA has given themselves some stiff competition, scheduling against Baylor, Army and Texas A&M to name a few. Old Dominion faced Virginia Tech and Virginia in their own right. However, it’s hard to pick a side when both teams have issues scoring. The difference for me here is that Old Dominion has been terrible covering the number at home this season, and in a battle between two teams that have issues on offense, I want to be on the side that’s getting points to start, so I’ll take UTSA and the points in this one.

The pick in this article is the opinion of its writer, not a Pick Dawgz site consensus.