Free Week 2 Prediction: Monarchs vs Minutemen Odds
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College Football Handicapping: Week 2
(1-0) Old Dominion Monarchs vs. Massachusetts Minutemen (0-2)
Date: Saturday, September 9th
Time: 3:30 pm EST
Venue: McGuirk Alumni Stadium, Hadley, Massachusetts
NCAA Football Spread: Old Dominion -2.5
NCAA Betting Total: 61.5
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The teams met last season with the Monarch doubling up UMass at home. Old Dominion beat Albany last week but failed to cover. That was an FCS opponent but the Minutemen might not be much better.
Massachusetts is already 2-0.
There were not a lot of expectations for this season but if they do not win here they might not get close to a victory until they host Maine…in November.
Old Dominion Monarchs
The Monarchs eased into the season with a win over the Great Danes. This team might be able to piece together enough wins to be bowl eligible but repeating their 10-3 record from a year ago is unlikely.
Senior RB Ray Lawry entered the season 7th among active runners in FBS. He was effective but did not see the ball a lot last week.
Last year Jeremy Cox beat up UMass but he was ineffective against Albany last week. Old Dominion will likely feature both this week.
Old Dominion should not be overconfident based on last year’s victory over UMass. As much as anything they played a clean game and let the Minutemen beat themselves with penalties and turnovers.
Those things tend to even themselves out over time.
UMass had some buzz coming into the season as they now have their own campus stadium…they used to have to go down to Boston to play at Gillette. You still have to win every once in a while though.
They lost a heartbreaker against Hawaii in Week “0” and last week lost at Coastal Carolina.
Even though they had 13 starters returning this might be the worst program in the FBS this season.
The bright spot has been the passing game. Andrew Ford has hooked up with Adam Breneman for more than 300 yards already. Playing from behind allows you to put up big numbers some times.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Monarchs are 0-7 ATS in their last 7 games on fieldturf.
- Monarchs are 9-1-1 ATS vs. a team with a losing record.
- Monarchs are 2-9 ATS in their last 11 non-conference games.
- Over is 4-0 in Minutemen last 4 games after accumulating more than 280 yards passing in their previous game.
- Over is 4-0 in Minutemen last 4 games overall.
- Over is 5-0 in Minutemen last 5 games after allowing more than 280 yards passing in their previous game.
Free Week 2 NCAA Football Pick
Neither of these teams are going to be great this season but with a win already under their belts, I am way more confident that Old Dominion can be good enough to win again…and cover the short number.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: Old Dominion -2.5
Look for the Monarchs to have success running right at UMass in this one. It will be classic, once they suck up everyone up front they can hit a big play or two in the passing game.
Once again you might be able to get some good numbers from the Massachusetts passing attack. It might not help in terms of covering teh number but they have proven they won’t just go into a shell and be embarrassed.
Week 2 Free Score Prediction: Old Dominion 33 – Massachusetts 24
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