#136 University of North Carolina at Charlotte 49ersvs.#135 Old Dominion University Monarchs
Written by Benjamin Hayes
When and where: Saturday, Oct. 1st, Jerry Richardson Stadium, 6pmET
Lines: Old Dominion -9.5; Total: 58
This will mark the second time that these two teams have faced off. Last year, Charlotte traveled to Norfolk, VA to take on Old Dominion and took home a close, three-point loss. The 49ers haven’t played well this season, only managing one win in their last four games. While Old Dominion hasn’t played too much better, they will still be a very tough opponent for Charlotte and risk sending them to 1-4.
Inconsistency has plagued the Monarchs’ season so far. They started with a dominant 54-21 victory over Hampton only to be slaughtered 31-7 against Appalachian State. They followed that up with another blowout loss to NC State before finally getting their second win last week against UTSA in their USA Conference opener. The Old Dominion offense was led by QB David Washington, who passed the ball for 207 yards and two touchdowns via the air. He also rushed for nearly 70 yards and managed a third touchdown on the ground.
The Monarchs dominated the game on all fronts, looking good in a game for the first time since their opener against Hampton. They snatched the lead early in the first quarter and held it through to the last seconds. RB Jeremy Cox rushed for a career-high 103 yards and two touchdowns of his own, and WR Jonathan Duhart grabbed a pair of touchdowns in the air and 86 total yards. Old Dominion proved that they were a dangerous team last Saturday, but their weapons are inconsistent. If they want to win on the road, they’ll need Washington and Cox to stay in the groove they had against UTSA. Charlotte 1-3 isn’t the scariest opponent to face, but no team is ever easy to defeat in their own stadium.
Week one was beyond tough on the Charlotte 49ers. They lost 70-14 and didn’t manage to do anything impressive until their next game against Elon, where they totaled 506 yards in the air and on the ground. The momentum was quickly lost in the game that followed against Eastern Michigan. They were torn apart 37-19. Last week, they faced Temple and didn’t manage to get anything better started. They lost 48-20 and dropped 1-3 on a season that’s beginning to look pretty bleak.
The 49ers have struggled with QB Kevin Olsen, who has been unable to resurrect this offense. He did manage to tally 198 yards and a touchdown against Temple, but still couldn’t motivate his team to victory. Their defense was the real source of this loss, though. Charlotte had the lead for a brief moment in the first, but then they lost it in a hurry against a quick-strike Temple offence that put up 28 points in the second quarter alone. From there they had zero chance of winning.
Old Dominion is the easy choice here. They’ve had a few tough games, but their offense has been strong enough with QB David Washington putting up big numbers in the air and taking it to the end zone on the ground when needed. Charlotte has just struggled too much with their offense and a weak defense that simply can’t stop the ball from moving. Take the Monarchs for a go ahead win in this one.
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Ben has been a sports writer for over 30 years, dabbling in college and pro basketball, college and pro football, baseball, college lacrosse, minor league baseball and even college gymnastics. He's also been involved in the gaming industry for over 25 years and has been looking to beat the books since he was 13!