Old Dominion at Virginia NCAA Football Picks & Predictions 9/21/2019
Saturday, September 21, 2019
Scott Stadium is the site where Bryce Perkins and the Virginia Cavaliers will take on the Old Dominion Monarchs on Saturday. Old Dominion opens this game as 28.5-point dogs. The over/under is set at 51.5. The Monarchs are 1-1-0 ATS and 0-2-0 when betting on the total. The Cavaliers are 2-1-0 when wagering on the over/under and 2-0-1 against the spread.
Key Old Dominion Monarchs Injuries
No key injuries to report
Key Virginia Cavaliers Injuries
08/21/19 DB Darrius Bratton Knee is out for season
The last time they took the field, the Old Dominion Monarchs took on the Virginia Tech Hokies and took the loss by a score of 31-17. Lala Davis led the team in rushing for the game. He had a long run of 26 yards but he wasn't able to rush for a TD on the day. He ran for 81 yards via 11 carries which gave him an average of 7.4 yards per carry. Steven Williams was the leader in receiving yardage by racking up 36 yards on 3 receptions. He had an average of 12.0 yards per catch for the game. Running the show from under center for the Monarchs was Stone Smartt who went 16/30 with 122 yards through the air but wasn't able to get any balls in the endzone via the pass. He ended the game without an interception. The Old Dominion Monarchs ran the ball a total of 42 times and racked up a total of 203 yards which earned them an average of 4.8 yards per rushing attempt. In the game, they ran 72 plays for a total of 325 yards. In the game, the Monarchs earned a total of 19 first downs and they had 6 infractions for 66 yards which tells us that they had an average outing in terms of discipline. In terms of defense, Old Dominion gave up 16 catches on 28 attempts totaling 272 yards, and a completion percentage of 57.1%. On the ground, the Monarchs gave up 131 yards on 39 carries which gave them an average of 3.4 yards per carry allowed. On the day, they allowed a total of 403 yards and forced 2 takeaways.
The Monarchs head into this game 1-1 for this year. They are one of lowest scoring teams in the nation averaging 20.5 points per contest, putting them 108th in college football. As a unit, they have an average of 168.5 yards on the ground per contest which is 5th in the conference. For total yards, they currently sit at 14th in Conference USA and 128th in college football with 617 yards. The Monarchs have one of the middle tier defenses in Division 1, allowing 26 points per game putting them 4th in Conference USA. When it comes to yards through the air, the Monarchs have allowed 280 yards. Teams are completing 61.4% of the throws they are attempting against them and averaging 8.3 yards per try. When it comes to yards on the ground, Old Dominion is allowing 100 yards per contest which has them at 2nd in the conference and 37th in the nation. Opposing teams are running for an average of 2.9 yards per rush which has them at 1st in the conference and 28th in the nation overall. Overall, they have allowed 200 rushing yards through 2 games.
In their last contest, the Virginia Cavaliers faced the Florida State Seminoles and earned the victory by a score of 31-24. Wayne Taulapapa led the team in rushing for that game. He had a long run of 8 yards and he notched 3 touchdowns for the contest. He ran for 53 yards by way of 18 carries which meant he averaged 2.9 yards per carry. Terrell Jana led the team in receiving yardage with a total of 85 yards on 7 catches. He had an average of 12.1 yards per reception for that game. Taking the lead at quarterback for the Cavaliers was Bryce Perkins who went 30/40 with 295 yards through the air and threw 1 TD. He tossed 2 picks during the game. The Virginia Cavaliers ended up running the ball 32 times and generated 120 yards earning them an average of 3.8 yards per carry. For the game, the Cavaliers earned a total of 27 1st downs and they had 9 infractions for 97 yards telling us that this team was extremely undisciplined. For the game, they totaled 72 plays for a total of 415 yards. When discussing the defense, Virginia gave up 22 catches on 37 throws totaling 234 yards, and a completion percentage of 59.5%. In the running game, the Cavaliers gave up 95 yards on 29 tries giving the other team an average of 3.3 yards per attempt allowed. Overall, they gave up a total of 329 yards and forced 0 takeaways.
The Cavaliers come into this matchup with a record of 3-0. Virginia is having a year to forget in the ground game by averaging 155 yards on the ground per game, which has them at 78th in Division 1. As a unit, they have a total of 465 yards rushing through 3 games, so they are going to want to make some changes to the ground game if they want to make teams respect them. The Cavaliers average 412 yards per contest overall ranking them 67th in Division 1 and 9th in the ACC. The Cavaliers are conceding 18.3 points per contest ranking them 4th in the Atlantic Coast Conference and 39th in D-1. Their pass defense is one of the elite units in the country. They are allowing 183 passing yards per game. For passing yards allowed per game, the Cavaliers are currently ranked 5th in the conference. When it comes to points given up, they have given up 55 points in total. In discussing rushing yards, they are allowing 78.7 yards per game which puts them at 19th in D-1 and 4th in the Atlantic Coast Conference. For the 2019 season, they have allowed 236 yards rushing and 2.1 rushing touchdowns.
Who will win tonight's Monarchs/Cavaliers college football game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Monarchs +28.5
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