East Carolina Pirates (3-5) at Tulsa Golden Hurricane (5-2)
College Football: Saturday, November 5, 2016 at 8:00 pm (Chapman Stadium)
The Line: Tulsa Golden Hurricane -6.5 -- Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The East Carolina Pirates will travel to Chapman Stadium to take on the Tulsa Golden Hurricane this Saturday night in College Football action.
The East Carolina Pirates snapped their 5-game losing streak and improved to 3-5 (1-3 AAC) on the season after their impressive 41-3 victory over the UConn Huskies this past Saturday. East Carolina was impressive on both sides of the ball and had no trouble pulling away from the Huskies after taking a 24-3 lead midway through the 3rd quarter. East Carolina outgained UConn by a 430-295 margin and won the turnover battle by a 3-0 margin. Leading the way for the Pirates was Zay Jones who had a TD and 185 yards on 19 receptions. On the season, East Carolina is averaging 28.5 ppg on 503.3 total yards per game (355.6 passing, 147.6 rushing). Offensively, the Pirates are led by WR Zay Jones is one of the best receivers as he had 4 TD’s on the season while averaging an incredible 14.3 rec/g and 136.8 yds/game. QB Philip Nelson has completed 68.5% of his passes for 15 TD and 6 INT while averaging 297.1 passing yds/game. Outside of Zay Jones, the Pirates leading receivers have been Jimmy Williams (4.1 rec/g, 83.8 yds/g, 6 TD), Quay Johnson (4.6 rec/g, 46.1 yds/g, 2 TD), and Anthony Scott (2.9 rec/g, 20.5 yds/g, 3 TD). Leading the Pirates backfield has been James Summers (13.0 att/g, 67.3 yds/g, 4 TD) and Anthony Scott (9.88 att/g, 48.0 yds/g, 2 TD). Defensively, East Carolina is allowing their opponents to average 28.8 ppg on 416.6 total yards per game (238.6 passing, 178.0 rushing). East Carolina has committed 17 turnovers on the season and has an overall turnover margin of -9.
The Tulsa Golden Hurricane won their 2nd straight game and improved to 6-2 (3-1 AAC) on the season after defeating the Memphis Tigers, 59-30, this past Saturday. Tulsa had no issues finding the scoreboard in this one and was able to pull away after taking a 45-30 lead late in the 3rd quarter. Tulsa outgained Memphis by a 596-508 margin and won the turnover battle by a 4-1 margin. Leading the way for Tulsa was RB James Flanders who had 5 TD’s and 249 rushing yards on 33 carries. On the season, Tulsa is averaging 42.1 ppg on 497.9 total yards per game (256.9 passing, 241.0 rushing). Offensively, Tulsa is led by their rushing attack which ranks 19th in the country. Leading the rushing attack has been James Flanders (17.0 att/g, 112.4 yds/g, 12 TD) and D’Angelo Brewer (20.4 att/g, 100.4 yds/g, 4 TD). QB Dane Evans has completed 58.0% of his passes for 15 TD and 8 INT while averaging 246.3 passing yds/game. Keevan Lucas (6.6 rec/g, 94.3 yds/g, 8 TD), Josh Atkinson (5.5 rec/g, 73.9 yds/g, 3 TD), and Justin Hobbs (4.1 rec/g, 55.8 yds/g, 3 TD) are the leading receivers for the Golden Hurricane. Defensively, Tulsa is allowing their opponents to average 31.9 ppg on 419.9 total yards per game (225.0 passing, 194.9 rushing). Tulsa has committed 16 turnovers on the season and has an overall turnover margin of 0.
The Pirates are 4-9 ATS in their last 13 games following a straight up win and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Golden Hurricane are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 conference games however, just 2-7-1 ATS vs. a team with a losing record.
This game should feature plenty of offense as East Carolina and Tulsa both rank in the top-15 of College Football when it comes to total offense. East Carolina comes in with the 7th ranked passing offense and should expect another big game from Zay Jones as Tulsa is ranked just 64th in passing defense. East Carolina looked extremely impressive against UConn but the Pirates have struggled on the road this season posting a 0-4 road record. Tulsa will need to put together a solid game plan to stop the passing attack of the Pirates however, as the Golden Hurricane offensive can beat you both with the run and the pass, I think Tulsa will be able to put up enough points at home to cover this single-digit spread. Take Tulsa to cover.