Looking for a Eastern Michigan vs. Old Dominion preview ahead of their matchup in the Bahamas Bowl? Stick around. We’ve got all of the pre-game analysis before the big game.
Friday, Dec. 23, the Eastern Michigan Eagles take on the Old Dominion Eagles in the Bahamas Bowl. The game, to be played at Thomas Robinson Stadium, is slated for a 1:00 p.m. ET start time and will be broadcast on ESPN. Read on for our Eastern Michigan vs. Old Dominion preview.
According to ESPN’s matchup predictor, which is based on its Football Power Index, Old Dominion wins the matchup between the two teams 63.4% of the time. The spread, via OddsShark, has the Monarchs favored as well.
Spread: Old Dominion -4
Game Time: 1:00 p.m. ET
Eastern Michigan vs. Old Dominion preview:
Eastern Michigan (7-5) closed out the regular season with a 26-21 win over Central Michigan giving the Eagles two wins in their last three games. Old Dominion (9-3) beat FAU to end the regular season giving the Monarchs their fifth straight win.
The Monarchs had 521 yards of offense against FAU in their regular season finale despite having three turnovers as well. David Washington threw for 2,648 yards, 28 touchdowns and four interceptions. Zach Pascal was his favorite target as the wide out had 63 catches and 893 yards during the regular season.
The Eagles out gained Central Michigan 538 yards to 383 yards in the regular season's last game. Brogan Roback passed for 2,394 yards, 16 touchdowns and six picks in the regular season. Ian Eriksen led the team in rushing with 741 yards and nine scores.
This is Old Dominion's first ever bowl game while Eastern Michigan's lone bowl appearance came in 1987 when it beat San Jose State in the California Bowl.
Eastern Michigan vs. Old Dominion Prediction:
This, a bowl game, is unfamiliar territory for both teams.
Old Dominion had a more successful regular season and that came thanks to its defense. The Monarchs allowed 380 yards per game which ranks 46th in the nation.
Eastern Michigan's offense may be one of the best the Monarchs have faced this year, but Old Dominion's defense is the difference maker.
Old Dominion 30, Eastern Michigan 23