East Carolina Pirates vs. Florida Atlantic Owls Free Pick - 9/5/13
Florida Atlantic Owls (0-1) at East Carolina Pirates (1-0)
NCAAF Football: Thursday, September 5, 2013 at 7:30 pm (Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium)
The Line: East Carolina Pirates -20 -- Over/Under: 59 See the Latest Odds
TV: FOX Sports
The Florida Atlantic Owls go on the road to face the East Carolina Pirates in week two action.
Florida Atlantic opened 2013 with a tough opponent in Miami and at the final gun the score told us just how difficult the day was. The Owls offense stalled and the defense couldn't hold the fort in a 34-6 defeat to the Hurricanes. FAU mustered just 250 total yards and kicked a pair of field goals, while going 6-19 on third down conversions. Five players totaled 133 yards on the ground but averaged just 3.1 yards on 43 carries and the air was just as tough with Jaquez Johnson (11-20/83) unable to get the ball down field. Defensively the numbers tell the story, with the Hurricanes piling up over 500 yards with a pair of scoring plays of over 50 yards and the ability to run or throw at will.
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East Carolina met Old Dominion to open the 2013 slate and there was plenty of hype surrounding the Monarchs move to FBS and how their high octane passing attack would do. It did well, but the Pirates did much better in a 52-38, shootout where the air was filled with footballs. ECU didn't even bother with the run and didn't need to, with Shane Carden picking apart the ODU secondary, going 46-54 for 447 yards with five touchdowns. Justin Hardy was the star of the receiving corps, with 16 receptions for 191 yards, while Davon Grayson caught four balls with three going for six. The defense allowed 370 yards through the air, which was not a surprise given the fact that Old Dominion was the top passing team in the FCS a season ago. Punting was optional, with East Carolina kicking the ball away twice.
The one thing East Carolina continues to do is rack up plenty of points. The second is they contiue to give up points, so the question is whether Florida Atlantic can keep up on the scoreboard.