Free Week 2 Prediction: Bulldogs vs Pirates Odds
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College Football Handicapping: Week 2
(0-1) Gardner-Webb Bulldogs vs. East Carolina Pirates (0-1)
Date: Saturday, September 7th 2019
Time: 6:00 pm EST
Venue: Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium, Greenville, North Carolina
NCAA Football Spread: ECU -29.5
NCAA Betting Total: 58.5
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The Gardner-Webb Bulldogs will look to bounce back after coming off a loss to the Charlotte 49ers in a game they allowed 49 points on defense.
East Carolina is also coming off a rough outing where they were blown out by the NC State Wolfpack. It is, however, important to realize that the NC State Wolfpack are a much better team than the Charlotte 49ers so ECU’s loss is slightly more forgivable then that of the Bulldogs.
The Bulldogs could get absolutely nothing going through the air last time going 6/17 overall with only 60 yards. It was unfortunately more of the same from Jordan Smith (starting QB) who was hoping to improve off a poor 2018 season where he only threw for 1588 yards with a 10-14 TD to pick ratio.
One of the most concerning statistics for this side in that last game was the 1-10 3rd down conversion ratio and if the Bulldogs want to hang with ECU in any meaningful way that will need to be much better.
One of the few positives that can be taken from that last game was the decent effectiveness of the rushing game which had 159 yards off 35 attempts which was good for 4.5 yards per carry. Jayln Cagle was their leading rusher in that contest with 84 yards off 19 attempts and 2 TD’s and the senior will need to keep rolling to make this team competitive.
Not a ton that needs to be said about the defense as they gave up over 500 yards to the 49ers and can’t see that improving in this spot at ECU.
East Carolina Pirates
The passing game was the main focal point for the Pirate’s offense last game, but only managed to get 228 yards off their 45 throwing attempts.
That does not sound like a lot, but when you compare it to their rushing offense of 41 total yards at 1.4 yards per carry it isn’t terrible.
It is not surprising, though, as they had a super tough first game at NC State who does have a comparatively good defense.
Look out for junior RB Pinnix Jr who had 11 carries last game for only 23 yards, but should be able to convert his usage into far more production against a much easier Gardner-Webb defense.
Like their counterparts on Saturday the ECU Pirates seriously struggled on defense in that tough road game last time out giving up over 500+ yards against a talented NC State offense.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Gardner-Webb is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games
- The total has gone OVER in 4 of East Carolina’s last 6 games at home
- East Carolina is 5-11 SU in its last 16 games at home
Free Week 2 NCAA Football Pick: ECU ATS
These teams both seem equally bad, but ECU had a much tougher opening game than the Bulldogs. Look for ECU to have a nice lead at halftime and then to run all over this porous Bulldogs defense in the second half.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: ECU -29.5
I am confident this ECU running game will get going in this spot and can achieve balance between the rushing and passing game. Take the East Carolina Pirates ATS and cash in this Saturday.
Week 2 Free Score Prediction: Gardner-Webb 10 – East Carolina 43
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