First off, I do not bet on ODU Athletics and secondly this is NOT a prediction of the upcoming 2014 season.
Vegas has released over/under win totals for power conference schools, hopefully the totals for ODU and other C-USA schools will be released shortly. What professional handicappers set the line at is a pretty good indicator for how a season or game may finish.
They are not inside the same bubble that we are and can look at everything far more objectively. When the schedule initially came out, I was leaning towards a record of 6-6. ODU has compiled a record of 46-14 under Bobby Wilder and it was hard for me to fathom a losing season.
Things have changed over the last couple of months. The youth of the roster, combined with the losses at wide receiver and offensive line suggest a rough season. Taylor Heinicke at QB sort of gives ODU a chance in every game, which makes predicting ODU’s year end record a tall order.
Here’s how I would handicap all twelve games from a neutral perspective:
August 30th-Hampton 95 percent win
Sept 6th-@NC State 80 percent loss
Sept 13th-Eastern Michigan 90 percent win
Sept 20th-@Rice 90 percent loss
Sept 26th-Middle Tennessee 40 percent loss
Oct 4th-Marshall 90 percent loss
Oct 11th-@UTEP 50/50
Oct 25th-@Western Kentucky 80 percent loss
Nov 1st-@Vanderbilt 90 percent loss
Nov 8th-FIU 85 percent win
Nov 22nd-La Tech 60 percent win
Nov 29th-@FAU 80 percent loss
Was that too harsh? My objective handicapping has ODU at 4-6 not counting a home game against Middle Tennessee and a road game at UTEP.
Once again these are not my predictions/projections. This is how I believe Vegas would handicap each game.
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