College Football Betting: Middle Tennessee State at Old Dominion

College Football Betting:  Middle Tennessee State at Old Dominion

Only two games on the Friday night college football betting card and in this preview we’ll look at a Conference USA matchup between Middle Tennessee State and Old Dominion. The Monarchs are in their first year of FCS play and they’ve gotten off to a good start with a 3-1 record and their first C-USA win under their belt. The Monarchs prevailed 45-42 at Rice last week, all the more significant for the fact that Rice is defending C-USA champion. Middle Tennessee is coming off a lopsided loss at Memphis which dropped their record to 2-2 on the season. MTSU’s wins this year have come against hapless FCS foe Savannah State and a victory in a shootout over Western Kentucky.

This game has the makings of a high scoring affair as both teams have potent offenses led by talented quarterbacks. Middle Tennessee’s Austin Grammer is equally adept at running and passing while ODU’s Taylor Heinicke is one of the best quarterbacks in college football. Heinicke won the Walter Payton Award for ‘Most Outstanding Player’ at the FCS level two years ago and is a talented, experienced and poised signal caller. He was exceptional in the win over Rice last week going 27-of-43 for 430 yards and five touchdowns with no interceptions.

Neither team is much defensively though Old Dominion’s might be marginally better than Middle Tennessee’s. Of course with both teams featuring a high scoring offense the defense is just expected to get a stop here and there and not shut down their opponent. MTSU’s defensive stats look better than they really are since they were aided significantly by playing dismal Savannah State.

Middle Tennessee State has lost both their road games this year while Old Dominion has won both games at home. This is a big game for Old Dominion–it’s the first conference game on their home field. Monarchs are down a couple of offensive linemen and a couple of defenders due to injury but they should be able to deal with them. Old Dominion gave notice last week that they can compete at this level and there’s no reason to think they can’t do the same thing on their home field stepping down in class.