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Eastern Michigan Looks for an Upset in the Bahamas in 3rd Ever Bowl Game

Eastern Michigan and Old Dominion booked their tickets to the Bahamas Bowl with 7-5 and 9-3 records, respectively, as the two teams meet on December 23 for the third time in three years and for the third time in their histories.

  • Old Dominion is 5-0 SU and 4-0-1 ATS in its last 5 games.
  • The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Eastern Michigan's last 10 games.
  • Eastern Michigan is 8-2 ATS in its last 10 games.

The Monarchs opened as the favorite in this matchup and that’s good news for their bettors. Old Dominion is a perfect 9-0 this season as the favorite and 0-3 when pegged as the underdog. It’s rare that we find such accurate handicapping in college football as the Monarchs are 8-3-1 against the spread in those games.

This trend would probably make you lean toward the Monarchs but be careful. Eastern Michigan has been sneaky good against the spread and the Eagles could burn Old Dominion as dogs in their third ever bowl appearance, just a season after finishing with one win.

Both teams are led by gunslinger quarterbacks so this game could easily turn into a shootout. The total has gone OVER in three straight for the Monarchs, so keep your eyes on the number as we get near closing time.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Sportsbooks such as BetOnline had set the Old Dominion Monarchs as -4-point favorites on the opening betting line for this contest. Watch for over-under updates and superior underdogs lines at Bovada.

Odds Shark computer prediction formulas run early in the week pointed to a 37-30 win for the Monarchs on Friday. And visit PredictionMachine.com for additional picks coverage. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NCAAF matchups here.

Eastern Michigan Eagles vs Old Dominion Monarchs Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Old Dominion Monarchs are 9-3 so far on the season, and 8-3-1 ATS vs the point spread. The Eastern Michigan Eagles, meanwhile, are 7-5 and 9-3 ATS. Those over under betting have seen Old Dominion go 7-4-1 and the Eastern Michigan Eagles go 4-8 on the totals. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Old Dominion vs Eastern Michigan injuries news.

This game matches up the No. 35 (Old Dominion Monarchs) and the No. 61 (Eastern Michigan Eagles) teams in the league, according to our current NCAA football Power Rankings at Odds Shark.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up the Old Dominion Monarchs No. 27-ranked offense (36 PPG) against a Eastern Michigan Eagles defense that ranks No. 79 at 30.33 PPG. The Old Dominion Monarchs passing attack has averaged 237.83 yards per game, less than the Eastern Michigan Eagles give up through the air (268.08 YPG on average).

In comparing defenses, the Eastern Michigan Eagles own the league's No. 45-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 161.5 yards per game when on the road. Old Dominion, on the other hand, rates No. 15 this week in generating rushing yards at home.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

In their last game, Eastern Michigan's aerial attack generated 355 yards and the Eagles came away with a 26-21 victory over Central Michigan at Rynearson Stadium.

Ray Lawry tore up the turf for 194 rushing yards in the latest Monarchs game, a 42-28 win over the Golden Panthers at Foreman Field.

Betting Trends
  • Eastern Michigan is 8-2 ATS in its last 10 games
  • Eastern Michigan is 7-15 SU in its last 22 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Eastern Michigan's last 10 games
  • Old Dominion is 4-0-1 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Old Dominion is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 13 of Old Dominion's last 19 games