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SMU Mustangs vs. East Carolina Pirates - 10/3/15 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

East Carolina Pirates (2-2) at Southern Methodist Mustangs (1-3)

College Football: Saturday, October 3, 2015 at 4:00 pm (Gerald J. Ford Stadium)

The Line: Southern Methodist Mustangs +6.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPNEWS

The East Carolina Pirates travel down to play at the Southern Methodist Mustangs in an American Athletic Conference Clash.

The Southern Methodist Mustangs are 1-4 this season and are coming off of home loss to James Madison University. The SMU offense is averaging 33.5 points per game with 453.7 yards per game. SMU is lead by quarterback Matt Davis who has 929 yards with 6 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. Matt Davis is also the leading rusher for SMU with 397 yards rushing and 6 touchdowns. The running back for SMU is Xavier Jones with 241 yards and 4 touchdowns. The leading receiver for the SMU Mustangs is Courtland Sutton with 399 yards receiving and 5 touchdowns. The SMU defense is giving up 43.3 points per game with 603 yards per game given up. The SMU defense has 5 sacks, 2 fumble recoveries, and 7 interceptions. This SMU defensive squad is not good this year and will have their hands full with East Carolina this week.

SMU Mustangs vs. East Carolina Pirates - 10/3/15 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The East Carolina Pirates are coming off of a big win against Virginia Tech last week. The ECU offense is averaging 27 points per game with 393.7 yards per game. The quarterback for East Carolina is Blake Kemp who has thrown for 1,011 yards with 7 touchdowns and 3 interceptions. The ECU rushing attack is led by Chris Hairston who has 210 rushing yards with 4 touchdowns. The leading receiver for ECU is Isaiah Jones who has 397 yards and 2 touchdowns. The ECU defense has given up 31 points per game with 421 yards per game. The East Carolina defense has 5 sacks, 2 fumble recoveries, and 3 interceptions. East Carolina could really use this win to stay competitive in the conference standings.

East Carolina is 1-4 ATS vs. a team with a losing record. ECU is 1-6 ATS in their last 7 road games. The over is 4-1 in East Carolina’s last 5 road games. SMU is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games. The over is 4-1 in Southern Methodist’s last 5 games.

This should be a very interesting game to see if the SMU defense is able to show up and make a few plays, unlike the first 4 games this year. I think ECU will be playing with confidence after their big win last week and after playing Florida very tough in the Swamp. My pick is ECU to win by at least a touchdown.

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East Carolina Pirates -5.5

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