Check out the Old Dominion vs. FIU fearless prediction and game preview.
Old Dominion (8-3) vs. FIU (4-7) Game Preview
Date: Saturday, Nov. 26
Game Time: 3:30 pm
Venue: S.B. Ballard Stadium, Norfolk, VA
Bowl and Conference Implications
Old Dominion can with the East and play Louisiana Tech for the Conference USA title with a win and a WKU loss to Marshall. With a win, it can at least tie for the division, but WKU gets the tie-breaker. FIU can potentially finish third in the East with a win, but it’s out of the C-USA hunt.
What’s Going To Happen?
Butch Davis isn’t there quite yet.
FIU has been better after a tough first third of the season, going 4-3 since the rough start and the firing of Ron Turner, showing glimpses of what Davis will have to work with once he takes over for next season.
As bad as things have been at times, a 5-7 season with a win to ruin Old Dominion’s Conference USA title dream would be almost as good as winning a bowl game – only without the swag bag.
It’s been a phenomenal season for the Monarchs, going on a four-game winning streak since losing the key game to WKU – the only blip in an eight-game run.
ODU has yet to lose the turnover margin this season, going a +15 with a mere six turnovers and none in the last three games. This, along with keeping the penalties to a minimum, helps overcome problems keeping drives moving – the team doesn’t give others easy chances.
On the flip side, FIU has yet to win the turnover margin in any game, going a -11 this season with eight giveaways in the last three games.
The offense has found a spark – hitting the 200-yard mark in two of the last three games – but there are just too many mistakes. For all the big passing games over the second half of the year, and for all positives lately, they’re not enough to overcome the defensive issues.
ODU will play yet another clean, efficient game to do its part to stay alive in the conference title hunt.
Old Dominion vs. FIU Prediction
Old Dominion 34, FIU 24
Old Dominion -14, o/u: 62.5
ATS Confidence: 5: Store bought anything – 1: Homemade anything … 2.5
Must See Rating: 5: NFL kickers attempting extra points – 1: Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love … 2