NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) - Many Old Dominion University football faithful hoped, but maybe didn't expect wins in their team's first ever matchups against FBS competition.
That hasn't been the case inside the Monarch locker room.
"We expect to win every week," said ODU Head Coach Bobby Wilder, "We expected to win at East Carolina, even though we were 15 point under dogs. We expected to win at Maryland, event though we were 19 point underdogs."
It's been a rough road for Wilder's Monarchs to start 2013. From Greenville, N.C., to College Park, MD, the Monarchs will return home to Norfolk 0-2 for the first time in program history.
East Carolina University edged ODU 53-38, whil the University of Maryland eased to the finish for a 47-10 stomping. "We don't want to have this feeling very much," said head coach Bobby Wilder. Through it all, the head man has stood his ground, and told his team they must "stick to the plan."
"Every team handles adversity," said wide-out Blair Roberts, who caught two touchdowns through the first two contests at ECU and Maryland, "It's the way you bounce back from it."
"We could let the season go downhill from here or we can pick each other up, stay together, and become as one."
Having thousands of fans on their side for a change should help the cause. The Monarchs dealt with packed houses through the first two outings. When week three of college football commences, ODU will no doubt welcome the roar from the stands.
"It's going to be pretty exciting coming out of the tunnel with 20,000 hyping you up," said Roberts.
With home field advantage, and four games against Football Championship Subdivision teams up ahead, the expectations are expected to change around Monarch Nation.
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