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St Petersburg Bowl East Carolina Pirates vs. Ohio Bobcats Pick-Odds-Prediction - 12/23/13

Ohio Bobcats (7-5) at East Carolina Pirates (9-3)

College Football: Monday, December 23, 2013 at 2:00 pm (Tropicana Field)

The Line: East Carolina Pirates -13.5 -- Over/Under: 65.5 See the Latest Odds


The East Carolina Pirates battle the Ohio Bobcats in the Beef O'Brady's St. Petersburg Bowl.

East Carolina finished the regular season by winning five in a row to set up a season ending bout with Marshall to determine the CUSA East champion which turned out to be anti climatic with the Thundering Herd romping to a 59-28 victory. Aside from that mistep the Pirates were generally a model of consistency on both sides of the football as they out scored opponents 40-25. The defense was a bit unheralded with just 363 yards allowed with the #15 run D that gave up less then 118 yards. The offense was the better known of the two units 460 yards on average behind Shane Carden and the #10 ranked passing attack that produced 310 yards. Carden completed 71% of his attempts for 3,866 yards with 32 TD's and ten picks with Justin Hardy hauling in 105 balls for 1,216 yards and eight scores. Vintavious Cooper was rock steady on the ground with 995 yards on 205 carries and eleven touchdowns.

St Petersburg Bowl East Carolina Pirates vs. Ohio Bobcats Pick-Odds-Prediction - 12/23/13

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Ohio was pegged as a challenger in the MAC before a late season swoon prevented that from happening. The Bobcats went 1-3 to close the year but were outscored 122-16 in the defeats as the team seemed to have given up. The defensive numbers were respectable overall with 392 yards and under 27 points allowed but this unit was pushed around late which was bad news with the offense unable to do anything as well. The attack finished with plain vanilla numbers with 28 points on 375 yards with nothing that stood out. Tyler Tettleton threw for 2,623 yards with 20 touchdowns and nine interceptions on 63% completions. Donte Foster was the receiver of choice with 858 yards on 63 receptions while Chase Cochran and and Matt Waters combined for 64 catches for over 1,100 yards. Beau Blankenship gave the team tough yards on the ground with 858 on 183 touches and probably had 1,000 yards in him but the Bobcats had to throw instead.

East Carolina doesn't look as appealing after getting crushed by Marshall in the CUSA title game and I can't explain Ohio over the last half of the season. Lean Pirates but would I give two scores to the Bobcats? Probably not...

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