The Monarchs are the second-youngest FBS program in the country (Liberty), but their first football season came in 1930. In 1941, the program was disbanded due to a variety of reasons, among them attendance, personnel and financial issues.
Sixty-four years later, in 2005, the school voted unanimously to create a new football program that would compete at the Division-I level. Their first season was in 2009 when they went 9-2 as an independent team in the FCS before joining the CAA in 2011. After two more years, including one more year as an FCS independent (2013), Old Dominion played their first season as an FBS program and member of Conference USA in 2014.
The Monarchs went 6-6, 5-7, 10-3 and 5-7 in their first four FBS seasons, all under head coach Bobby Wilder, before opening the 2018 season with an 0-3 record. Then Virginia Tech came to town and Old Dominion earned the biggest win in program history.
Prior to the Week 4 game, the Hokies and Monarchs' all-time series consisted of only one game, a 38-0 win by Virginia Tech in Blacksburg in 2017. A year later, Old Dominion won their first game over an ACC team, which was also their first-ever win over a Power Five team.