BYU Cougars (1-6) at East Carolina Pirates (1-6)
College Football: Saturday, October 21, 2017 at 7:00 pm (Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium)
The Line: East Carolina Pirates +7.5 -- Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The BYU Cougars and East Carolina Pirates meet Saturday in college football action at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium.
The BYU Cougars are desperate for a nice road victory here that would snap a six-game losing streak. The BYU Cougars have lost six of their last 10 road games. Tanner Mangum is completing 55.7 percent of his passes for 775 yards, three touchdowns and seven interceptions. Mangum has combined for two touchdown passes and six interceptions in his last three games. Matt Bushman and Talon Shumway have combined for 414 receiving yards on 39 catches while Aleva Hifo has 15 receptions. The BYU Cougars ground game is averaging 87.8 yards per contest, and Ula Tolutau leads the way with 241 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, BYU is allowing 27.3 points and 393.4 yards per game. Fred Warner leads the BYU Cougars with 56 tackles, Sione Takitaki has 2.5 sacks and Dayan Ghanwoloku has two interceptions.
The East Carolina Pirates also need a feel good victory here that would help them climb out of a deep 1-6 hole. The East Carolina Pirates have lost six straight home games. Thomas Sirk is completing 55.2 percent of his passes for 1,473 yards, nine touchdowns and eight interceptions. Sirk and Gardner Minshew have combined for 13 touchdown passes and 10 interceptions this season. Davon Grayson and Trevon Brown have combined for 1,015 receiving yards and eight touchdowns while Jimmy Williams has 18 receptions. The East Carolina Pirates ground game is averaging 107.2 yards per contest, and Hussein Howe leads the way with 190 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, East Carolina is allowing 50 points and 600 yards per game. Jordan Williams leads the East Carolina Pirates with 53 tackles, Kiante Anderson has 3.5 sacks and Bobby Fulp has one interception.
The Cougars are 6-2 ATS vs. a team with a losing record, 0-8 ATS in their last 8 non-conference games and 0-8 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Pirates are 0-6 ATS in their last 6 home games, 1-8 ATS in their last 9 games in October and 6-20 ATS in their last 26 games overall. The over is 5-1 in Pirates last 6 games overall and the under is 12-3 in Cougars last 15 games overall.
Neither one of these teams are playing good football, and they're getting crushed both SU and ATS, so good luck being on the right side here. BYU hasn't had the easiest schedule, so maybe you can be a little easier with them, but we're still talking about a team that's scored 20 or less points in five of its first six games. On the flipside, no team in the country is allowing more yards or points per game than East Carolina, giving up no less than 34 points in all seven games. This isn't a game I'm trying to bet, but if forced to pick, I'd side with ECU at home and the free touchdown. Two teams with a combined record of 2-12 and there's not going to be much motivation on either side. At least we're getting points with the Pirates. Not much of a case for BYU.