Old Dominion vs. Wake Forest: Live stream, start time, how to watch college football on TV, without cable. The Old Dominion Monarchs and Wake Forest Demon Deacons meet Friday in the season opener at Truist Field in Winston-Salem, N.C. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET.
Wake Forest vs Old Dominion Broadcast
Date: Friday, September 3
Game Time: 7:00 ET
Venue: Truist Field, Winston-Salem, NC
Network: ACC Network
Wake Forest (0-0) vs Old Dominion (0-0) Game Preview
Why Old Dominion Will Win
The Monarchs have had plenty of time to get ready.
This still might be an inexperienced team, but head coach Ricky Rahne – who didn’t get a chance to show what he could do in 2020 with the program taking the year off – was able to get plenty of practice time in to try figuring out all the parts of the puzzle.
This shouldn’t be anything like the team that struggled to do anything right in 2019. There’s an interesting mix of Power Five players from the transfer portal and decent young recruits built up over the last two seasons.
It might be a little ragged, but as long as the lines can hold up, the rest of the parts should be talented enough – and athletic enough – to not get ripped apart. However …
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Why Wake Forest Will Win
Old Dominion could use a few tune-up games before this.
The Monarch offense should be okay. Rahne is a great offensive coach and should be able to throw in a few curveballs. On the other side, the defense is truly starting over across the board.
Wake Forest is the opposite. It gets close to everyone back who did anything in the Duke’s Mayo Bowl, the passing game should be devastating, and as long as the offensive line is okay in pass protection, the explosion should be there out of the gate.
What’s Going To Happen
Wake Forest will strike early and shouldn’t have too many problems from there.
Lost in the bowl collapse against Wisconsin was how good the Demon Deacons were all year at not turning the ball over. They’re not going to make the big mistakes Old Dominion needs to make any sort of a comeback.
Wake Forest vs Old Dominion Prediction, Line
Wake Forest 48, Old Dominion 13
Wake Forest -31, o/u: 64
ATS Confidence out of 5: 2.5
Must See Rating: 2
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The Wake Forest Demon Deacons host the Old Dominion Monarchs in the opener for both teams in the 2021 season on Friday night from Truist Field. The Monarchs took the 2020 season off and went just 1-11 in 2019, showing that they have a long way to go to compete in a game like Friday's. For Wake Forest, they're coming off of a 4-5 season that saw them find their form right in the middle of the fall, only to lose three straight to close out the season. Wake Forest has high hopes for the season given all the key players that they have back and Friday's opener presents a great opportunity for the Demon Deacons to open up with a win. For ODU, having not played a game in nearly two years will present its own challenge to the team, and adding them having to go on the road as well only complicates things. The fans will be roaring and ready to be back in the stadium and that alone will be a massive advantage for the home ACC side.
New Look Offense For ODU
After sitting out the 2020 season, it's unsure exactly what fans will be witness to when they catch the Monarchs play for the first time in nearly two years on Saturday. 2019 saw them go 1-11 overall, with the lone win coming against Norfolk State and new blood in Ricky Rahne coming from Penn State will hopefully shake things up. The preseason has already been an interesting one, with a three-way quarterback battle being the main focus. Rahne has announced that the starter for Friday has been selected, but the entire team is keeping it a secret for now, according to The Virginia Pilot. Regardless of who gets the start, they're going to have their hands full trying to get the offense going in the opener. It was evident in UConn's 45-0 loss to Fresno State in their opener that taking off two years proved to make for a difficult wake-up call. In 2019, ODU was second-worst in college football in total offense, while being dead last in sacks allowed and tackles for loss allowed. As if those offensive issues weren't enough, transfers on the defensive side have hurt that side of the ball as well and the Monarchs will have their work cut out for them in the opener.
The main concern for Monarch fans right now is who will come out on top in the quarterback room. 2019 saw both Stone Smartt (one touchdown, six interceptions) and Hayden Wolff (two touchdowns, three interceptions) see time. The injection of UCF-transfer DJ Mack has added a third to the mix, and a player who would appear to be the favorite based on his pedigree. In 2018, Mack started three games for a UCF team that went undefeated in the regular season and in the AAC Championship, threw for 348 yards and two touchdowns, and rushed for another four touchdowns. His ability to be dominant in both facets of the offensive would seem to be the best option going forward. To help out whoever is at quarterback while be 2019's leading receiver Aaron Moore, as well as Nigel Fitzgerald. The transport portal might have brought some talent to campus though, with Ali Jennings (West Virginia), Trey Blount (Georgia), and according to The Virginia Pilot0 (Penn State), all likely to be leaders.
The transfer portal gives and takes away, as the injections on the offensive side coincide with defections on the defensive side. Two of the best-expected returnees on the defensive line, Juwan Ross (East Tennessee State) and Keion White (Georiga Tech), have both moved on and that aspect of the defense expects to take the biggest hit. according to The Virginia Pilot1, who finished second on the team in tackles in 2019 expects to be the leader yet again, but the lack of depth will be apparent. The game's biggest mismatch though will be in the secondary, where it could be a majority of freshman and sophomores looking to slow down what is expected to be one of the ACC's top aerial attacks.
Hartman's Time To Shine
Wale Forest showed flashes last year of brilliance last year but struggled with consistency, going 4-5 overall and 3-4 in the ACC. Dave Clawson is now in year eight at the helm and knows that this might be his best chance at a breakthrough season. Wake Forest is expected to return all 11 offensive starters from their bowl game and while the defense appears to include some shakeups, will have quite a few players who are a year older and hopefully, a year wiser. The bowl game loss left a bad taste in quite a few players' mouths and the Demon Deacons have been itching to get back on the field to improve on that performance. In that game, Wake Forest turned the ball over four times, and despite outperforming Wisconsin by over 250 yards and being up 14-0 in the first quarter, dropped the game 42-28. The preseason ACC poll has Wake Forest sitting in fifth in the Atlantic Division, but the team will surely be disappointed if that ends up being the case with all the talent on their sidelines.
It's been years since Wake Forest had a quarterback that was garnering as much hype and attention as Sam Hartman is. As a true gun-slinger, he helped to lead an offense in 2020 that was second in the conference in yards per completion and was tops in reducing turnovers. Despite the poor showing in the bowl game, he had a streak last season of 258 passes without an interception and is a true leader of the offense. The good news is that he has two of the conference's most dynamic receivers on the outside, who should both earn themselves quite a bit of future money this season. Jaquarii Roberson led the team with 62 catches and eight touchdowns and is joined by Donavon Greene, who had an exceptional 20 yards per catch last season. The offensive line is likely the biggest question mark coming into 2021 and while they return all five starters, that might not necessarily be a good thing. The good news is that with the Monarchs likely being the worst team on their schedule, it's a great first game for the group to build up some confidence and get some valuable repetitions.
Defensively is where this team could be in for a surprise, even as soon as on Friday. While ODU will be hard-pressed to come away with a win, their game plan, especially if Mack starts, could exploit some serious question marks for the Demon Deacons. Last year, Wake Forest allowed 436 yards per game and 33 points per game and with the anticipated struggles, will be looking to win in shootouts most weekends. Wake Forest lost their top tackler from last season, as well as their top threat on the defensive line, but the secondary could be promising. Putting last year's struggles behind them and using it as a year of valuable experience appears to be the key and they could have their work cut out for them early on Friday night.