Free Week 9 Prediction: Monarchs vs Miners Odds
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(4-3) Old Dominion Monarchs vs. UTEP Miners (2-5)
Date: Saturday, October 29
Time: 8:0 pm EST
Venue:Sun Bowl Stadium, El Paso, Texas
NCAA Football Spread: Old Dominion -5
NCAA Betting Total: 55.5
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The East takes on the West in CUSA as the Old Dominion Monarchs get set to take on the UTEP Miners on Saturday.
ODU sits right in the thick of things on the East side, while UTEP finds themselves at the bottom of the West.
Old Dominion Monarchs
The Monarchs coughed up a chance to really shoot to the top of the East as they come in off a loss to Western Kentucky.
Old Dominion was torched from the opening kickoff, as their defense allowed 59 points in a 59-24 loss.
Defense has been the been question mark for this team, as they do allow 415.6 yards per game along with 30.3 points per contest. However, prior to the loss, Old Dominion had won 3 straight games and kept the opposition under 20 points in all 3.
Finding some stability in the run game is also a huge key for this Monarchs team. Jeremy Cox had just 8 touches last week for 33 yards as the Monarchs got completely away from the run game after the early deficit. Expect them to use Jeremy Cox a lot here in the early going, as they try to set the tone.
Old Dominion is just 1-3 on the road this season, with their lone win coming in Charlotte.
The Miners finally got back in the win column as they put an end to their 5 game losing streak with a thrilling 52-49 overtime win over UTSA.
UTEP’s 5 game losing streak has pretty much ended their season as a conference championship is a tough hill to climb.
However, one thing they do have in their favor is the schedule. A game with Houston Baptist is mixed in the middle of winnable games as they play here at home against ODU and will also get a home game with North Texas, both of which are their two toughest opponents.
Along with those 3, games against FAU and Rice are on the road, but very winnable.
While it may not be enough to get just 6 wins to get invited to a bowl game because of that Houston Baptist contest, they have a legit chance to do some damage and even make up the ground in CUSA with a few breaks.
Defense is going to be the biggest key for them. UTEP ranks in the bottom of a lot of defensive categories as they simply do not have the talent to keep up with the opposition.
UTEP has allowed 39.3 points per game, along with 449.7 yards against.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Monarchs are 6-1 ATS vs. a team with a losing record.
- Monarchs are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up loss of more than 20 points.
- Monarchs are 5-2-1 ATS in their last 8 conference games.
- Miners are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games after scoring more than 40 points in their previous game.
- Miners are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games after accumulating more than 280 yards passing in their previous game.
- Miners are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games following a straight up win.
Free Week 9 NCAA Football Prediction
Despite the UTEP favorable schedule and home field, Old Dominion has the strong edge here.
They have gone 7-3 ATS in CUSA games and there is no reason they can’t cover this small number here.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: Old Dominion -5
Lay the points here. The Monarchs are better on both sides of the ball and should be able to control the tempo.
Week 9 Free Score Prediction: ODU 43- UTEP 27
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