11th: Conference USA (6th in East Division)
152nd: Division I
2017 In A Sentence: After a 10-win and Bahamas Bowl victory in 2016, the Monarchs slumped mainly due to a slew of injuries to a 5-7 (3-5 C-USA) mark last year including a six game losing streak in the middle of the season.
Biggest Shoes to Fill: RB Ray Lawry finished his ODU career with 4,080 yards on 660 carries and ended his career as the all-time FBS leader in rushing yards in the state of Virginia. He is tied for third in C-USA history with 45 rushing touchdowns and ninth in rushing yards.
Fearless Prediction: Coach Wilder has never suffered back-to-back losing seasons at Old Dominion and there’s reason to believe his team could improve significantly in 2018. The key will be avoiding another massive wave of injuries and using last year’s unexpected experience .
Originally from LaMoure, North Dakota, Kent is a 1996 graduate of North Dakota State University. His prior writing experience is over 15 years having previously worked with D2football.com, I-AA.org, and College Sporting News before coming to College Sports Journal in 2016. His main focus is college football is the Missouri Valley Football Conference within the Division I FCS. And in 2017, he began also to look at the FBS Group of Five conferences of the American Athletic, Conference USA, Mid-American, Mountain West, and Sun Belt.
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