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Central Florida at East Carolina - 12/4/14 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Central Florida Knights (8-3) at East Carolina Pirates (8-3)

College Football: Thursday, December 4, 2014 at 7:30 pm (Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium)

The Line: East Carolina Pirates -7 -- Over/Under: 54 See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN

The Central Florida Knights and East Carolina Pirates play Thursday night at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium.

The Central Florida Knights have won three straight games and hope to give themselves a chance to finish with double-digit wins for the third straight season. Justin Holman is completing 58.8 percent of his passes for 19 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. Holman has three touchdowns and three picks in his last two games, and the Knights have 22 passing plays of 25 or more yards. Breshad Perriman and J.J. Worton have combined for more than 1,200 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns while Rannell Hall has eight receptions in his last two games. Central Florida’s ground game is averaging 3.1 yards per carry, as William Stanback leads the way with 558 rushing yards and eight touchdowns. Defensively, the Central Florida Knights are allowing 16.8 points, 271.2 yards, and they’ve forced 28 sacks and 24 turnovers. Terrance Plummer leads UCF with 84 tackles and Thomas Niles has six sacks.

Central Florida at East Carolina - 12/4/14 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The East Carolina Pirates have split their last four games and hope to win double-digit games for the second straight season. Shane Carden is completing 64 percent of his passes for 25 touchdowns and six interceptions. Carden has seven total touchdowns and one pick in his last two games, and the Pirates have 33 passing plays of 25 or more yards. Justin Hardy and Cam Worthy have combined for more than 2,000 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns while Isaiah Jones has 15 receptions in his last three games. East Carolina’s ground game is averaging 5.3 yards per carry, as Breon Allen leads the way with 848 rushing yards and eight touchdowns. Defensively, the East Carolina Pirates are allowing 25.1 points, 364.9 yards, and they’ve forced 17 sacks and 15 turnovers. Zeek Bigger leads the Pirates with 120 tackles and Montese Overton has nine tackles for loss.

The Knights are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 Thursday games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Pirates are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 home games and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Knights are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings and the home team is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 meetings.

I like UCF in this game simply because of the defense. The Knights should be able to slow the game down and have a chance to win late. Give me the road team and the points. 

 

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Central Florida +7

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