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Mace & Crown | June 28, 2017

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Monarchs Two Wins Shy of First Bowl Bid

Monarchs Two Wins Shy of First Bowl Bid
Alex Brooks
Contributing Writer

The Old Dominion Monarchs have been playing some of their best football in the past few weeks. Amounting win after win, causing them to be atop C-USA. The 4-2 the Monarchs are in a great position to make school history.

They are just two games away from sending themselves to the very first bowl game in Old Dominion history. A feat that everyone has been longing for since the Monarchs moved up to the Football Bowl Subdivision . It has been close to four years but this may be the year for ODU to burst on to the Virginia football scene.

For a team that many saw as, not good enough, Coach Wilder and the Monarchs decided to show those analysts and fans that not only are they a good team but they are one of the best teams in C-USA.

With six games left (three at home and three on the road) the feel around campus is that the bowl game is just a matter of time now. All they do is go 2-4 in a weak C-USA. Coach Wilder will have to make sure the team doesn’t look ahead to what could happen if they make a bowl game but instead focus on the game coming up this week at Western Kentucky.

ODU plays very well at a sold-out S.B. Ballard stadium, so even if they only win the rest of their home games, they will be playing in December, and there isn’t much else that Coach Wilder or the fans could ask for

The one bright side for Old Dominion is that none of the teams left to face are anywhere close to .500 on the season. Their opponents combined record is 8-28-2, which favors the 4-2 Monarchs.

Making a bowl game doesn’t only help this team, however. If the Monarchs can make a bowl game this season, recruits will see how well the Monarchs have acclimated to the move and consider them a serious option to go play football at. With UVA remaining in the dumps it comes to a two horse race for getting recruits from the Hampton Roads area, which is a college football hotbed. Virginia Tech will always get the four and five-star players but those three-star players may start to funnel into ODU if they see them on National Television during bowl season.

This bowl game would be bigger than just one game. It could setup the future of Old Dominion football. Making a bowl game would mean so much to the program and the school as a whole, and the Monarchs are just are just two wins away from their very first bowl bid.