NORFOLK (WAVY) — After struggling at the start of the season, Old Dominion has found its offensive rhythm, and the timing could not be better. A win Saturday at home against Florida Atlantic, and ODU would qualify for a bowl game for the first time.
The Monarchs have scored at least 30 points the last four games, and they may need 30 again Saturday against FAU.
The Owls have a tough defense, and this past week, they nearly upset No. 8 Florida before the Gators ended up winning in overtime, 20 to 14.
Quarterback David Washington is out. He tore his MCL, ACL and meniscus last week against Southern Mississippi, so the ball goes back to Shuler Bentley who will lead the charge in what Bobby Wilder calls the biggest football game ODU’s ever played.
“They’ve been really resilient they just keep hanging in there,” coach Wilder said.”I expect we will play our best game of the season on Saturday.”
The players know what’s on the line, too. The coaches have preached the importance of finishing strong earning that bowl berth.
“We know what we have to do, it’s either come in and go hard or we are going to lose and we won’t go to a bowl game,” defensive end Oshane Ximines said. “It’s as simple as that, and they make sure we know that, trust me.”
Kickoff is set for 12:00, FAU is favored by four.