Myrtle Beach Bowl

2021 Myrtle Beach Bowl prediction, odds, line: Tulsa vs. Old Dominion picks, best bets from model on 43-29 run

SportsLine’s model simulated the 2021 Myrtle Beach Bowl presented by TaxAct featuring Old Dominion vs. Tulsa 10,000 times

The Old Dominion Monarchs go for the second bowl win in program history when they face the Tulsa Golden Hurricane in the 2021 Myrtle Beach Bowl in Conway, S.C. ODU (6-6) has played in one bowl since it moved up to FBS in 2014, beating Eastern Michigan 24-20 in the 2016 Bahamas Bowl. The Monarchs won five straight games to close the season, finishing it off with a 56-34 rout of Charlotte on Nov. 27. The Golden Hurricane (6-6) have played in 22 bowl games, losing 28-26 to Mississippi State in last year’s Armed Forces Bowl to drop their bowl record to 10-12. They won three straight to earn bowl eligibility, knocking off SMU 34-31 in their final game.

Kickoff from Brooks Stadium is set for 2:30 p.m. ET. The Golden Hurricane are nine-point favorites in Caesars Sportsbook’s latest Tulsa vs. Old Dominion odds, and the over-under for total points scored is set at 52.5. 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. 

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every FBS college football game 10,000 times. Over the past five-plus years, the proprietary computer model has generated a stunning profit of almost $3,700 for $100 players on its top-rated college football picks against the spread. It also enters the 2021-22 college football bowl season on a 43-29 run on all top-rated college football side picks. Anyone who has followed it has seen huge returns.

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 Old Dominion vs. Tulsa: 

  • Tulsa vs. ODU spread: Golden Hurricane -9
  • Tulsa vs. ODU over-under: 53.5 points
  • Tulsa vs. ODU money line: Golden Hurricane -330, Monarchs +260
  • 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

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Why Tulsa can cover

Tulsa was 7-5 against the spread this season, but it covered in its last four. In addition to the win against SMU, it battled in a 28-23 loss to Oklahoma State and a 28-20 setback to playoff-bound Cincinnati. QB Davis Brin struggled in his first season as a full-time starter, but he has excellent skill-position players around him. Brin threw for 2,969 yards and 16 TDs but also threw 16 interceptions. Running backs Shamari Brooks (922 yards, six TDs), Anthony Watkins (589, four) and Deneric Prince (480, five) can all carry the day if the passing game can’t get going.

The Golden Hurricane averaged 4.7 yards per carry, and the offense averaged 434 yards per game. Brin has strong receiving options in Josh Johnson (75 catches, 958 yards), JuanCarlos Santana (599 yards) and Ezra Naylor (389 yards). They could find holes in an ODU pass defense that allows 248 yards per game (99th in FBS). Tulsa is 6-1 ATS in its last seven games in December, and linebacker Justin Wright makes plays all over the field. He had a team-high 77 tackles to go with three sacks, a fumble recovery and an interception return for a touchdown.  

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.

So who wins Tulsa vs. Old Dominion in the Myrtle Beach Bowl 2021? And which side of the spread hits almost 60 percent of the time? Visit SportsLine now to see which side of the spread to back, all from the advanced model that is up almost $3,700 on its top-rated college football spread picks, and find out.

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