Scouting the 2021 LA Tech football foes: ODU

With the start of football season around the corner, here is the eighth of a 12-part series of season previews on the Louisiana Tech opponents for the upcoming season. Tech will travel to Norfolk, Virginia, to face the Monarchs on Oct. 30 at Kornblau Field at S.B. Ballard Stadium.. Kickoff time is 2:30 p.m. CT and the game will be shown on CBS Sports Network.

2020 Record: 0-0 (0-0 in C-USA)

2020 Bowl Appearance: None

Head Coach: Ricky Rahne (1st season)

All-time Series: ODU leads 1-0

Predicted Preseason C-USA Finish: 7th (out of 7) in East Division

Last Meeting: Old Dominion 30, LA Tech 27 OT (2014) –After winning its first six Conference USA games of the season, Louisiana Tech was upset on the road by Old Dominion in the first and only ever meeting between the two programs. The Monarchs entered the game 2-4 in league play while Tech was 6-0 but on this Saturday at Foreman Field, the records didn’t matter. Tech led 24-14 at the half, but current Washington Redskins QB Taylor Heinicke passed for more than 300 yards and two scores, including the game-winning strike in the first overtime after the Bulldogs had taken a 27-24 lead on a Kyle Fischer 25-yard field goal. Kenneth Dixon ran for 106 yards and a score while Trent Taylor caught five passes for 92 yards and a TD for Tech. Adairius Barnes recorded two of Tech’s four interceptions on the day.

Old Dominion Outlook: Old Dominion may be one of the most difficult teams to forecast for the upcoming season after the school’s administration made the decision last summer to completely pull the plug on the football season. ODU was the only team in Conference USA that did not play a down in 2020. Looking back to the 2019 season, the Monarchs struggled to a 1-11 record, including a 0-8 mark in league action (the lone win was a 24-21 victory over Norfolk State in the opener before ODU lost 11 straight games). ODU averaged just over 16 points a game two years ago as three different QBs combined for only five TDs and 12 interceptions on the season. The Monarchs rushing attack wasn’t much better as the team averaged a mere 2.7 yards per carry, leading to much of Old Dominion’s offensive woes (the Monarchs averaged only 273 yards per game). Defensively, Old Dominion’s numbers weren’t as bad, allowing 29 points and only 370 yards per game. However, having not played a game in almost two years, it’s extremely difficult to predict how good – or bad – the Monarchs could be in 2021. By the time Tech faces ODU in late October, the Monarchs will be seven games deep into their season and many of those questions will be answered.

ODU Game Tickets: Call the Tech ticket office at 318-257-3631.

Season/Single Game Tickets: LA Tech fans can purchase season tickets for the 2021 year by calling 318-257-3631 or going to LATechSports.com/tickets. The Bulldogs host six home games this year, including a marquee non-conference match-up against SMU.

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