Free Week 5 Prediction: Knights vs Pirates Odds
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(2-2) Central Florida Knights vs. East Carolina Pirates (2-2)
Date: Saturday, October 1st
Time: 12:00 pm EST
Venue: Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium, Greenville, North Carolina
NCAA Football Spread: East Carolina -4
NCAA Betting Total: 61
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East Carolina will host Central Florida this Saturday as both teams begin American Athletic Conference play with a 2-2 record.
Head coach Scott Frost has already led the Knights to two more victories than they had all of last season.
Central Florida was able to put up a season high 53 points last Saturday at Florida International while East Carolina was beat up pretty bad against Virginia.
The Pirates have already played three Power 5 programs this season and have definitely played tougher competition than the team they will be hosting this week.
East Carolina Pirates
The Pirates lost big last week 54-17 against Virginia Tech. The East Carolina defense allowed the Hokies to score on each of their final 5 possessions of the first half last Saturday.
In the losing effort, East Carolina quarterback Philip Nelson was able to throw for two touchdowns and 362 passing yards.
East Carolina was able to accumulate over 440 yards of total offense, but allowed their quarterback to be sacked 6 different times, lost a fumble, and had three costly mistakes on special teams.
Nelson entered last week’s matchup leading the country with a 78.95 completion percentage was on the run the entire game trying to escape constant pressure.
He finished the game connecting on 17 of 34 passes.
Zay Jones was able to rack up 115 yards on 10 receptions and has now passed the 100 yard mark in 13 games.
Central Florida Knights
The Knights were able to light up the field last week against Florida International for 501 yards of total offense. Quarterback McKenzie Nelson was able to call it a night early and remained on the sideline halfway through the third quarter.
He was able to connect on 8 of 14 passes for a total of 173 yards and a touchdown pass. He was also able to rack up 28 yards rushing.
Out of the seven touchdowns the Knights put on the board, six of them came on the ground. Central Florida hasn’t been able to score that many rushing touchdowns in a game 2011 against Charleston Southern.
The Knights were able to score more points in the first half than they did during any game in the 2015 season.
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- Central Florida is 1-4 against the spread in their last five conference games.
The Over is 5-1-1 in the Knights last seven games on the road.
East Carolina is 11-5 throughout their last 16 games after scoring less than 20 in their previous game.
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Both of these teams have an offense that can move the ball down the field and put points on the board. This should be a high scoring game that stays competitive throughout 4 quarters.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: East Carolina -4
East Carolina leads the all time series between these two schools 10-4, but three of UCF’s victories have come in the last five meetings.
The game hasn’t been played in Carolina since 2014 when Central Florida won on a hail Mary pass to take the conference title.
Week 5 Free Score Prediction: Central Florida 34 – East Carolina 45
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