Free Week 8 Prediction: Pirates vs. Knights Odds
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College Football Handicapping: Week 8
(3-3) East Carolina Pirates vs. UCF Knights (4-2)
Date: Saturday, October 19th
Time: 7:00 pm EST
Venue: Spectrum Stadium, Orlando, Florida
NCAA Football Spread: UCF -33
NCAA Betting Total: 62.5
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This week eight matchup will see the East Carolina Pirates take on the UCF Knights.
Both teams play in the American Athletic East division. The Knights are 1-1 in conference play and the Pirates are 0-2. This is a must win for the UCF Knights because they are trying to keep pace with the Cincinnati Bearcats, a team they already lost to.
Last year UCF beat East Carolina 37-10.
East Carolina Pirates
The Pirates are coming off a bye week. Their last game was a loss to Temple at home. This was a game that they were surprisingly competitive in for 60 minutes. They lost by a final score of 27-17, but were able to cover the spread.
Their offense still had some trouble, putting up just 327 yards. They were not dominant in either the rushing game or passing game.
ECU had 98 yards rushing and just 229 yards passing. Their quarterback did throw for two touchdowns and did not turn over the ball, so that is a plus.
They still struggle to put up points, averaging just 20.7 points per game on the season. In American Athletic games, they average just 13.5 points per game.
Defensively, they are giving up way too many yards. Temple is by no means an offensive juggernaut and the Pirates allowed 490 total yards.
They are decent at defending the pass, and that will be a huge factor if they are going to keep this game close at all.
The Knights are also coming off a bye after their second loss of the season. They have now lost more this season than they have over the last few years combined.
The offense is a top 10 team in total yards, passing yards and points scored per game. However, against Cincy, they turned the ball over four times, including three interceptions from their quarterback, Dylan Gabriel.
They now average 40 points per game in the conference and were held to below 30 points for the first time in over a year against Cincinnati.
After the way they played at Cincinnati, look for the Knights to come out firing in the first half, and then expect them to slow things down in the second half with a big game with Temple looming next week.
On defense, the Knights are a solid group, but at times they have showed they can be undisciplined with their penalties. UCF have extended plenty of drives this season, especially at Pitt, which was part of the reason they got upset.
The Knights also held Cincinnati to just 341 yards of total offense, so their defense played extremely well. They should have similar success against the Pirates, but do not be surprised if ECU scores a few times off a turnover or two from the UCF offense.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- ECU are 2-0 ATS in their last 2 games.
- UCF is 0-3 ATS in their last 3 games.
Free Week 8 NCAA Football Pick
The Knights are a much better team at home and they will win this game.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: East Carolina Pirates +33
We saw what happened when UCF laid 40+ points against UConn, so for that reason I think the Pirates could keep this one within five touchdowns. If anything, the back door will be wide open in the second half, and I like the Pirates to cover.
Week 8 Free Score Prediction: East Carolina 20 – UCF 45
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