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East Carolina Pirates vs. Tulsa Golden Hurricane Pick-Odds-Prediction - 11/9/13

Tulsa Golden Hurricane (2-6) at East Carolina Pirates (6-2)

NCAAF Football: Saturday, November 9, 2013 at 3:45 pm (Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium)

The Line: East Carolina Pirates -14 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: FOX Sports

The East Carolina Pirates play host to the Tulsa Golden Hurricane in week eleven CUSA action.

I believe that for those of us that follow CUSA football and Tulsa in particular, we know this isn't the same team we've been accustomed to seeing for many years. The Golden Hurricane have struggled to find the end zone and the defense has not been as stout. Neither were at their best in a 34-15 defeat to visiting Texas-San Antonio in week ten. Tulsa simply made too many mistakes with a pair of lost fumbles and two interceptions with a banged up Cody Greene (11-17/46) responsible for one of those picks. Dane Evans came on to hit 12-22 for 159 yards and a touchdown and an 86 yard pick six. Trey Watts was solid on the ground with 109 yards but the pick six and a fumble recovery for another UTSA score were too much to over come.

East Carolina Pirates vs. Tulsa Golden Hurricane Pick-Odds-Prediction - 11/9/13

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East Carolina has been riding solid performances on both sides of the ball to a 6-2 record and 4-1 mark in the CUSA which is tops in the East Division. A 34-13 decision at Florida International didn't hurt the numbers although it wasn't the best we've seen from this team. The Pirates mustered 373 yards but less then 75 came on the ground with Vintavious Cooper grinding for 48 yards on 14 carries. Not to worry as Shane Carden and the receiving corps came to the rescue with a 23-35 performance producing 264 yards and a trio of touchdowns and zero interceptions. Justin Hardy was the receiver of choice with five receptions for 136 yards and a score while he also threw for a touchdown. The defense made this stand up by limiting the Golden Panthers to only 267 yards despite being on the field for over 40 minutes.

I am leaning towards East Carolina because I don't think the offense was great versus Florida International and will hopefully work out any kinks with upset minded Tulsa in town...

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