Old Dominion Monarchs: CFN College Football Preview 2021

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Old Dominion Monarchs: CFN College Football Preview 2021

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Old Dominion Monarchs College Football Preview 2021: What Will Happen, Season Prediction

Old Dominion won ten games in 2016 including the Bahamas Bowl.

It’s possible to win quickly at ODU – the program started things back up in 2009 and got into the FBS in 2013 with an 8-4 season – and now it’s up to sort-of-new head coach Ricky Rahne to start his era with a bang.

It’s not going to be easy.

He took over a 1-11 program that needed work, everything got put on hold in 2020, and now he finally gets a chance to show what he can do.

The recruiting has been great over his two season, the Monarchs have been active in the transfer portal, and now there’s an interesting mix of talents to try giving the rest of the Conference USA world problems.

Set The Old Dominion Football Regular Season Win Total At … 2.5

Again, he took over a team that couldn’t move the ball and didn’t have enough of a defense to make up for the problems. However, there’s a shot this might be more of a big tweak than a total overhaul.

It’s not like ODU is playing in the SEC West. There’s only one game against a Power Five program – at Wake Forest – and they miss UAB, UTSA and North Texas in Conference USA play.

There aren’t any sure wins besides Hampton, but there should be just enough talent in place to somehow push through for a few upsets along the way.

The Monarchs are going to be underdogs against just about everyone unless something crazy happens early on with a slew of early wins – and don’t count that out.

Rahne appears to be getting everything together in a hurry, even if it took a year to get here.

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