ODU departs for Bahamas Bowl showdown against Eastern Michigan

NORFOLK (WAVY) — Old Dominion held a pep rally on Monday morning to send it’s football team off in style as it departed Norfolk to head to Nassau for its Bahamas Bowl showdown against Eastern Michigan.

It’s been a memorable season for the Monarchs. They were picked to finish in sixth place in the Conference USA’s East Division, but ODU defied the odds, winning 8 of its last 9 games to finish a 9-3 record.

“What a remarkable job this year for a group of men, these coaches and these players that were picked to finish at the bottom of the league to finish at the top of the league,” head coach Bobby Wilder said. “What a ride it’s been this year. We are going to try and go 1-0 in the Bahamas and we’re grateful for everybody.”

Stay with WAVY.com for complete coverage from the Bahamas. Bruce Rader and Nathan Epstein are on location and they will cover all the festivities leading up to Friday’s game.