Free Week 1 Prediction: Dukes vs Pirates Odds
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College Football Handicapping: Week 1
(0-0) James Madison Dukes vs. East Carolina Pirates (0-0)
Date: Saturday, September 2nd
Time: 6:00 pm EST
Venue: Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium, Greenville, North Carolina
NCAA Football Spread: OFF
NCAA Betting Total: OFF
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We have finally reached week one of the college football season with a full plate of games. The best part of a new season is that every team feels like they can have a good season, and that this is the season where they can reach all their goals.
One of the games to take place in week one takes place at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium. The James Madison Dukes make the trip to take on the East Carolina Pirates.
This is the first meeting between the teams in recent history.
James Madison Dukes
The James Madison Dukes are no joke. Last year they finished with a 14-1 record with their only loss coming against North Carolina.
Besides that loss they ran the table and finished the end of the year being crowned the FCS division champions. This year they are expected to compete for the FCS title again, and with a lot of returning players from last year, they have a real shot.
Bryan Schor is back for his Senior season at quarterback. Last year he threw for 3002 yards and 29 touchdowns and only six interceptions.
He was also a big threat on the ground too running for 569 yards and ten touchdowns. A couple of his top receivers are gone from last year, but they have some guys waiting in the wings that should really help make the transition this year.
This a very winnable game for the Dukes but they can’t let the moment get too big for them. They are playing an FBS school but they need to treat this like any other game.
If they just play their game they are going to make it very difficult on East Carolina.
East Carolina Pirates
Last year was a really disappointing year for the East Carolina Pirates. They finished with a 3-9 record and in 4th place in the American East conference.
A lot of the starters from last years team are gone, and this team will actually get younger, which could spell trouble for a team that really needs to show some signs of life.
They have questions all over the offense and it starts at the quarterback position. Gardner Minshew and Thomas Kirk will battle for the starting job, and they are going to need to find some new recievers to throw too with Zay Jones gone.
The defensive side was even a bigger struggle last year for this squad. They couldn’t ever seem to get off the field in big spots, and it let opposing teams put up some pretty big numbers on them.
This is a team that allowed 203 points over the final four games of the season. In this game they are going to need to play good defense.
The Dukes are a team that can put up a lot of points in a hurry, and the Pirates probably don’t have the offense to keep up if it becomes a shootout.
Free Week 1 NCAA Football Pick
If you are a fan of the East Carolina Pirates you are not going to like this prediction.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: There is no line yet. A final score prediction is provided below.
I don’t care that the Dukes are an FCS team they are the better team in this match up. I think they will run up the score on the Pirates and that will lead to victory.
Week 1 Free Score Prediction: Dukes 35 – Pirates 28
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