Free Week 8 Prediction: Pirates vs Bearcats Odds
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(2-4) East Carolina Pirates vs. Cincinnati Bearcats (3-3)
Date: Saturday, October 22
Time: 7:00pm EST
Venue: Nippert Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio
NCAA Football Spread: Cincinnati -1.5
NCAA Betting Total: 65
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After beating NC State in week 2 the Pirates seem to have hit a wall, losing four straight.
They and Cincinnati are the only teams in the AAC East without a conference victory and if they don’t snap out of their soon, this normally solid program may miss bowling this season.
Cincinnati has been off this whole season it seems.
They are at .500 but beginning with their QB situation it has been a very weird year and I think they never recovered from their loss against Houston.
They were at home and playing them close until it fell apart late.
East Carolina Pirates
There is no hiding how the Pirates want to beat you.
They throw the ball a lot and they are good at it – third in the nation. QB Philip Nelson has been banged up but it looks like he is going to play on Saturday.
Isaiah Jones is fifth in receiving yards which is partly amazing because the defense knows it is coming his way, his 84 catches are more than the next three receivers combined. When they do run they are effective on a yards per carry basis.
On defense they are not very good, giving up more than 30ppg.
They have only kept one FBS opponent below the total and that was offensively inept South Carolina. The Pirates got their one Power 5 upset this season when they took down the Wolf Pack.
It seems that they are satisfied by that one. They have not won a road game all season.
Cincinnati is usually good for eight wins a year but they are going to have to finish really strong to get there this season. There has just not been much continuity this season.
They look good for a quarter or two and then it all falls apart. I think coach Tommy Tuberville has to be on the hot seat and this jobs is a pretty good one. Better than Purdue.
Like ECU Cincinnati can throw the ball. They spread the ball around though which makes them tougher to defend. They are a much better defensive team than ECU though, only twice all season have they given up more than 20 points.
Both were against the top teams in the AAC who are not as one dimensional as ECU is. If they slow down the passing game that can be the game right there.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Pirates are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games in October.
- Pirates are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games after accumulating more than 280 yards passing in their previous game.
- Under is 4-0 in Pirates last 4 games after allowing more than 200 yards rushing in their previous game.
- Bearcats are 0-6 ATS in their last 6 games on fieldturf.
- Bearcats are 0-6 ATS in their last 6 home games.
- Bearcats are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall.
Free Week 8 NCAA Football Prediction
Normally I love ECU as an underdog play but they are not their usual feisty stuff this season. This is a short number too so they basically have to win on the road, something they have not done all season.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: Cincinnati -1.5
I am not sure why the Pirates are getting so much respect on the road in this one. They are more one dimensional than usual and don’t have any momentum. I think you would have to make Cincy at least a FG fave so this one is pretty good value.
Week 1 Free Score Prediction: Cincinnati 34 – East Carolina 24
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