East Carolina and UConn meet in a game between teams that trying to keep their heads above water as we go into the second part of the college football schedule. A bowl game is a pretty good possibility for ECU, who would head to 5-4 on the season with a win against Connecticut, needing only one more win to become bowl eligible. The odds makers seem to think the Pirates are going in that direction as they are 7 point favorites over UConn. It has been a season of up and downs for ECU. One week they look like a pretty decent team, others not so much. Take for instance beating Towson by only 8, and then competing with Florida to lose by only 7, which is looking like a pretty good loss at this point. Losing 45-21 to Navy and then beating Virginia Tech the next week 35-28. You get the picture, the Pirates can’t get any resemblance of a run going. Obviously they have some talent if they’re a touchdown off from Florida and beating Virginia Tech. But then you look at the Temple and Towson games and think, wait, is this a different team on the field every week?
If UConn gets the best of them it’s going to be another case of one of those games. You’re telling me they almost beat Florida and then lose to Connecticut? Yeah like that. UConn on the other hand has not been showing two sides. They have just showcased a one sided case of terribleness. They’ve failed to be any kind of threat on the national scene for several years now, and head into their game with a record of 3-5. Finding any solid offensive recruits to come to UConn seems like a chore, because they have been trying to get a good offense in there for a decade now. The highlight of the season for the Huskies was a 40-13 drubbing of UCF. Note that Central Florida has yet to win a game this season. Their last try last week was a 59-10 loss against Houston. In other words, Connecticut hasn’t exactly had anything to hang their hat on in 2015. Which ECU is UConn going to catch tonight? The somewhat decent team or the team that had to scrape and fight to beat Towson. We’ll see tonight as the Pirates and Huskies square off on this Friday night.
East Carolina vs. Connecticut Huskies College Football
East Carolina -7 (-110)
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East Carolina vs. UConn Pick:
The cover in this game is quite simple. UConn will need to nullify the East Carolina offense with their defense. I don’t foresee the Huskies offense generating too much here against East Carolina. Maybe something changed in the last week, but they are pretty horrific when they try and move the football. UConn is averaging only 19 points per game, and in todays world of college football with teams that can score 50 points every week, that just isn’t going to get it done. UConn starting quarterback has found it difficult to facilitate any kind of consistent offense for the Huskies. This is Bryant Shirreffs third year as a college quarterback and is just now getting a chance to start. He has passed for 7 touchdowns and 5 interceptions in 2015.
East Carolina has averaged 30 points per game this season, with most of their yards coming through the air in the passing game. But they’ve shuffled through quarterbacks and haven’t had a clear cut starter in 2015. When there is a solid quarterback at ECU, the offense can be really impressive. They have also had to shuffle their offensive line around quite a bit, which has been ravaged with injuries. The Pirates will be without sophomore center Christian Matau on the line, who got injured last week against Temple. ECU has also been without their senior offensive lineman Dontae Levingston. UConn does have the ability to defend the pass, one of their bright spots, allowing an average 204 yards per game in the passing game. The Huskies also give up only 22.1 points per game. If the Pirates were not so banged up I would have jumped on them at 7 in a heartbeat. I think, though, on the road UConn will be able to slow up the passing game of ECU. Conversely, I have no confidence in the Huskies to score points. Looks like a low-scoring one to me that plays to the UNDER 50.5.
PICK: UNDER 51 POINTS (-110)