The 2016 Bahamas Bowl is a matchup between a team full of players who can’t remember their school’s last bowl appearance and a team full of players leading their school to its first bowl.
The Eastern Michigan Eagles and the Old Dominion Monarchs are set to face off in the 2016 Bahamas Bowl at 1 p.m. ET on Friday on ESPN, marking the first bowl in Old Dominion history and Eastern Michigan’s second bowl appearance, its first since 1987.
Eastern Michigan (7-5) played about as even of a season as it could, scoring 365 points and allowing 364. This includes a 14-point loss to unbeaten Western Michigan, the second closest any MAC school played the Broncos this season.
In its third season at the FBS level, Old Dominion put together an impressive 9-3 season, capped off by a 5-game win streak to end the season. During that win streak, the Monarchs offense averaged 40.8 points per game, a mark better than what College Football Playoff contenders Alabama and Clemson posted for the season.
Bahamas Bowl game time, details
Time: 1 p.m. ET
Date: Friday, Dec. 23
Location: Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium, Nassau, Bahamas
Weather: 81 degrees, mostly cloudy, 20 percent chance of rain
Line: Old Dominion -4, over/under 63.5
What TV channel is Eastern Michigan vs. Old Dominion on?
The game will be broadcast on ESPN.
How can I watch Eastern Michigan vs. Old Dominion online?
The game will be streamed on Watch ESPN.
How can I listen to Eastern Michigan vs. Old Dominion on the radio?
Brian Hanni and Rob Best will call the game on the Popeyes Bahamas Bowl Radio Network.
Who is calling the Bahamas Bowl for ESPN?
Steve Levy handles the play-by-play, while Mack Brown provides color commentary and Kaylee Hartung updates the crew live from the sideline.
Eastern Michigan vs. Old Dominion keys to the game
1. Eastern Michigan must pass the ball and stop the pass
The Eagles rely heavily on their passing attack, a top-20 aerial assault that averages 295.8 yards per game. But if there’s a weakness on this squad, it’s its pass defense, which ranks No. 112 in the country.
2. Watch out for turnovers
Four teams in the FBS have created more than twice as many turnovers as they’ve lost. Two, Washington and Ohio State, are in the College Football Playoff. Another, Western Michigan, went undefeated. And the fourth? Old Dominion. Only Western Michigan (7) has turned the ball over fewer times this season than Old Dominion (9).
3. Don’t expect many sacks
Eastern Michigan and Old Dominion have combined to allow 31 sacks in 2016. Thirty-three teams allowed that many sacks on their own this season. On top of this, Eastern Michigan has one of the most-tepid pass rushes in college football, having recorded 20 sacks in 2016.