Free Week 3 Prediction: Pirates vs Gamecocks Odds
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(2-0) ECU Pirates vs. South Carolina Gamecocks (1-1)
Date: Saturday, September 17
Time: 4:00 pm EST
Venue: Williams-Brice Stadium, Columbia, South Carolina
NCAA Football Spread: South Carolina -3
NCAA Betting Total: 50
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East Carolina is always happy to take on Power 5 opponents.
Last week they continued their success against the ACC by beating NC State and this week they get a chance to prove themselves against the SEC. This team knows how to move the ball on offense and that will put pressure on the Gamecocks to step up their game.
South Carolina has a rare schedule of beginning with two conference road games.
They split them so considering they were underdogs in both that looks like a win on paper. Steve Spurrier is gone and it looks like he took any chance of the Gamecocks have a legitimate offense with them.
They are really struggling on that side of the ball.
The Pirates had one of the better under the radar games last week, beating NC State as a home underdog.
The Wolfpack are far from great but there is some talent there. Best of all they won the game late so they should have a lot of confidence heading into Columbia.
You can definitely expect the Pirates to be able to move the ball. That is their strength and of the reasons they do well in these types of games is that they know who they are.
The defense proved to be soft but South Carolina does not have the offensive efficacy of NC State.
The approach will be to try and put up points in a hurry to force the Gamecocks into playing in a way they are not accustomed to and will negate some of their advantages in physicality.
ECU knows how to compete with the big boys.
South Carolina Gamecocks
Will Muschamp was a surprising choise to take over the SC program. He may have his chops as a defensive coach but he proved at Florida an inability to get an offense that can win.
The bad news is that with South Carolina he does not have an elite defense to lean on. Unless the offense turns around quickly he may find this stint pretty short.
Plus the fans won’t take well to losing to a little brother program like ECU.
Against the number two SEC defense the Gamecocks had a lot of trouble moving the ball on the ground. They should find it easier against ECU as their line should be more able to maul.
They have already played two quarterbacks and if they have been auditioning than it looks like the job goes to…who knows, neither is putting up good numbers.
That only makes it tougher for them to run the ball. There are only three teams averaging fewer yards per game on offense.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Over is 5-0 in Pirates last 5 non-conference games.
- Over is 5-0 in Pirates last 5 games in September.
- Pirates are 9-2 ATS in their last 11 games in September.
- Gamecocks are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games after allowing more than 200 yards rushing in their previous game.
- Under is 8-1 in Gamecocks last 9 games after accumulating less than 100 yards rushing in their previous game.
- Under is 7-1-1 in Gamecocks last 9 non-conference games.
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My hunch is that ECU may be a trendy upset pick this week.
If you are using standard metrics that line is saying that these teams are essentially even with SC only getting the nod due to home field.
This is going to be a tough one to call.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: East Carolina +3
I am having difficulty trying to project which way this one will move. ECU is trendy but lets not forget that SEC teams don’t lose at home a lot against the likes of the AAC. I think this one may depend on timing.
If you get ECU at this number or better than play it but if money comes in and the number dips below 3 I think you have to consider the Gamecocks.
Week 3 Free Score Prediction: East Carolina 27 – South Carolina 16
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