The Tulsa Golden Hurricane and Old Dominion Monarchs both won out to get here, and they want to close out with a victory in the 2021 Myrtle Beach Bowl on Monday. The Golden Hurricane (6-6) won three straight and hope to salvage a disappointing season with a victory. The Monarchs (6-6) won five in a row and appear to be headed in the right direction after going 1-11 in 2019 and seeing last season canceled. Both last won a bowl game in 2016, with ODU beating Eastern Michigan 24-20 in the program's first bowl appearance. Tulsa lost last season's Armed Forces Bowl, 28-26 to Mississippi State. Both teams last played Nov. 27, with ODU thrashing Charlotte 56-34 and Tulsa edging SMU 34-31.
Kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m. ET in Conway, S.C. Caesars Sportsbook lists the Golden Hurricane as the 8.5-point favorites in its latest Tulsa vs. Old Dominion odds, and the over-under is 54.5, up 3.5 points from the opening line. Before locking in any Old Dominion vs. Tulsa picks or 2021 Myrtle Beach Bowl predictions, be sure to check out the college football analysis and betting advice from SportsLine's proven computer model.
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Now, the model has set its sights on Tulsa vs. Old Dominion and locked in its Myrtle Beach Bowl 2021 picks and predictions. You can visit SportsLine now to see the model's picks. Here are the college football odds and betting trends for ODU vs. Tulsa:
- Tulsa vs. ODU spread: Golden Hurricane -8.5
- Tulsa vs. ODU over-under: 54.5 points
- Tulsa vs. ODU money line: Golden Hurricane -320, Monarchs +250
- TUL: Tulsa is 7-3 ATS in its past 10 bowl games (since 2004)
- ODU: Old Dominion is 8-4 ATS in its last 12 non-conference games
Why Tulsa can cover
Tulsa covered in its last four games to finish 7-5 against the spread. The offense averages 434 yards per game (37th in FBS) and almost 188 on the ground (39th). Running backs Shamari Brooks (922 yards, six TDs), Anthony Watkins (589, four) and Deneric Prince (480, five) come at teams in waves. They will face a challenge against ODU's run defense but should wear it down. QB Davis Brin has been turnover-prone but can hit the big play. He averaged 13.4 yards per completion (32nd in FBS) and had 2,969 passing yards, with 16 TDs but 16 interceptions.
Brin has excellent receivers he can count on, led by Josh Johnson, who had a breakout season with 75 catches for 958 yards. JuanCarlos Santana (599 yards) and Ezra Naylor (389) also could help Brin exploit a pass defense that allows 248 yards per game (99th in FBS) and is likely to key on the run. Linebacker Justin Wright is a big-time playmaker on the defensive side for Tulsa, which is 6-1 ATS in its last seven games in December. Wright is the team leader in tackles (77) and had three sacks, a fumble recovery and returned an interception for a TD.
Why Old Dominion can cover
ODU went 9-3 ATS this season and covered in five straight to close it out. The season turned around with the emergence of running back Blake Watson and quarterback Hayden Wolff. Watson took over as the primary ball-carrier against Marshall, and he rushed for 168 yards in that game and finished the season with six 100-yard games in the final seven. He averaged 5.1 yards per carry and didn't lose a fumble all season. Wolff, a redshirt freshman, started the final six games and threw for 1,757 yards, with 10 touchdown passes and just six interceptions. .
Wolff threw for 328 yards and three TDs in the finale against Charlotte, with all three scores going to Ali Jennings. The receiver had 252 yards on just nine catches and had 992 yards (17.2 per catch) this season. Tight end Zack Kuntz also is an elite option, and he finished the regular season with 71 catches for 674 yards. The ODU defense ranked 26th in the nation against the run (125 yards per game), allowing 3.5 yards per carry. Tulsa could have to turn to the pass, which could lead to turnovers. Tulsa turned it over 24 times this year, 18 in the last eight games.
How to make Old Dominion vs. Tulsa picks
SportsLine's model is leaning under on the total, projecting the teams to combine for 50 points. It also says one side of the spread hits almost 60 percent of the time. You can only get the model's picks at SportsLine.
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