Old Dominion 2020 Win Total - College Football Pick and Prediction

Old Dominion 2020 Win Total - College Football Pick and Prediction Photo by Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Breaking Down the Old Dominion Monarchs Win Total

2020 College Football Season

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The Old Dominion Monarchs will be looking to forget about the 2019 season.  Old Dominion finished the 2019 campaign with an overall record of (1-11), while going (0-8) in C-USA play.  The offense was nearly in the cellar with points scored per contest.  Old Dominion averaged just 16.2 points on offense, which ranked 127th out of 130 FBS programs.  The defense allowed 29.8 points per contest.  The program is under the direction of Ricky Rahne.  Rahne comes over from Penn State, where he was the offensive coordinator. 

The offense did not find any consistency at the quarterback position during the 2019 campaign.  Stone Smartt led the way in passing yards for Old Dominion, as he threw for 1,006 yards.  He did not have a good touchdown to interception ratio, as it was 1 to 6.  Smartt did add 5 rushing touchdowns on the season.  The offense only had 5 passing touchdowns on the season.  Lala Davis looks to be the lead candidate to carry the backfield this season.  Davis rushed for almost 350 yards and 4 scores.  Aaron Moore hauled in 26 receptions for 389 yards and 3 touchdowns as a freshman.  Kicker Nick Rice made all 18 PAT’s and was 15/20 on field goals.  He returns for a senior season. 

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As a team the defense collected 17 sacks, 9 interceptions, and recovered 9 fumbles. The defense was guided by linebacker Lawrence Garner.  Garner recorded 111 tackles, which was a team high.  Keion White is back on the defensive line for his junior season, after registering 3.5 sacks.  Cornerback Kaleb Ford-Dement had 13 pass break ups and 2 interceptions.  He will be back roaming the secondary, hoping to build off of his sophomore season. 

Let us take a look at the Old Dominion schedule for the 2020 season.

Sept. 4 Wake Forest

Sept. 12 Hampton

Sept. 19 FIU

Sept. 26 Middle Tennessee

Oct. 3 at UConn

Oct. 17 at UTSA

Oct. 24 Virginia

Oct. 31 at WKU

Nov. 7 UAB

Nov. 14 at Charlotte

Nov. 21 at Florida Atlantic

Nov. 28 Marshall

The Monarchs non-conference schedule features: Wake Forest, Hampton, UConn, and Virginia.  While the program will host three of these games at home, the results will be more losses than wins.  During non-conference play, Old Dominion should have a reasonable chance to go 2-2.

The Projected win total is set at 3 wins.  With the above average chance of securing 2 wins in non-conference play, this would leave just 2 wins needed to cover the win total. Unfortunately, Old Dominion does not have the luxury of facing UTEP who also went winless during C-USA play last season.  Even though coach Rahne should have better luck bringing in better recruits, it will take more than one offseason to get this program back to relevance.  I’m going to side with the under, as I can’t see this team increasing their win total by 3 from last season.  At best this team should push with 3 wins.               

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