2018 Football Preview – AAC – Pirates
Looking for 2018 East Carolina Pirates predictions? The Pirates are going through another rebuild, but some results better start coming from the rebuild, or we could be saying goodbye to Scottie Montgomery as head coach. In each of the last two seasons the Pirates have ended with a 3-9 record and most of the losses weren’t even that close.
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2018-18 College Football Preview – East Carolina Pirates
Head Coach: Scottie Montgomery
2017 Record: 3-9
East Carolina Pirates Odds to win the 2018 FBS Championship: +50000
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Can the Pirates do enoug htis year to save Montgomery’s job? Or will a new era of Pirates football start after this season?
2018 East Carolina Pirates Predictions: Team Strengths
Strong offense : The Pirates are going to hve a new quarterback under center, but all the pieces are there to have another nice season on the offensive side of the ball.
They were involved in a ton of shootouts last year, and that is probably going to be the case again this year, so airing it out is going to be important again this year.
This offense should not only be a strength, I think it could be one of the best in the AAC as long as the quarterback play is good.
Strong Line: On the offensive side of the ball the line was really good. They gave the quarterback all the time in the world that needed and that led to a ton of success on the offensive side.
It’s going to be a new quarterback under center, so the quarterback is going to need to give him all the time under center again this year.
2018 East Carolina Pirates Predictions: Team Weaknesses
Defense is Terrible: The struggles of this team the last few seasons have started with how bad the defense has played.
Over the last two seasons they are giving up over 40 points per game, and it doesn’t matter how good the offense is, you aren’t going to win many games having that type of defense.
They brought in a new defensive coordinator, and have seven guys back from that side of the ball, and they are going to need to take huge strides forward this year.
Chances are even if they take some strides this is still going to be a defense that gets tourched in a lot of games.
Culture of Losing: The players on this team are used to losing, and that isn’t good because it has become part of the culture.
This team is used to being in shootouts, and that is probably to be expected again this year. The question is can someone finally say enough, sick of losing and make a change.
East Carolina Pirates Prediction: 4-8
I think the Pirates will take a little step forward, winning one more game but I just don’t see the defense doing enough to get much better than that.
They are still going to get tourched week in and week out, and that is going to lead to a ton of struggles. I don’t think four wins will be enough to save the coaching staff’s job, and that is going to lead to another culture change after this season.
2018 East Carolina Pirates Schedule
Sept. 1 vs. N.C. A&T
Sept. 8 vs. North Carolina
Sept. 15 at Virginia Tech
Sept. 22 at South Florida
Sept. 29 vs. Old Dominion
Oct. 6 at Temple
Oct. 13 vs. Houston
Oct. 20 vs. Central Florida
Nov. 3 vs. Memphis
Nov. 10 at Tulane
Nov. 17 vs. Connecticut
Nov. 23 at Cincinnati
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