East Carolina Pirates (2-6) at Houston Cougars (5-3)
College Football: Saturday, November 4, 2017 at 12:00 pm (TDECU Stadium)
The Line: Houston Cougars -23 -- Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The East Carolina Pirates and Houston Cougars meet Saturday in college football action at the TDECU Stadium.
The East Carolina Pirates look for back-to-back victories for the first time this season to keep their slim bowl hopes alive. The East Carolina Pirates have lost eight of their last nine road games. Thomas Sirk is completing 56.3 percent of his passes for 1,650 yards, nine touchdowns and eight interceptions. Sirk and Gardner Minshew have combined for 15 touchdown passes and 10 interceptions this season. Davon Grayson and Trevon Brown have combined for 1,253 receiving yards and nine touchdowns while Quay Johnson has 30 receptions. The East Carolina Pirates ground game is averaging 108.2 yards per contest, and Hussein Howe leads the way with 214 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, East Carolina is allowing 45.9 points and 577.6 yards per game. Jordan Williams leads the East Carolina Pirates with 63 tackles, Kiante Anderson has 3.5 sacks and Bobby Fulp has one interception.
The Houston Cougars hope to build on their upset victory over USF while becoming bowl eligible for a fifth straight year. The Houston Cougars have won eight of their last 10 home games. Kyle Postma is completing 66.5 percent of his passes for 1,125 yards, five touchdowns and six interceptions. Kyle Allen and Postma have combined for nine touchdown passes and 10 interceptions this season. Steven Dunbar and Linell Bonner have combined for 1,029 receiving yards and four touchdowns while D'Eriq King has 29 receptions. The Houston Cougars ground game is averaging 183.1 yards per contest, and Duke Catalon leads the way with 519 yards and seven touchdowns. Defensively, Houston is allowing 24 points and 422.6 yards per game. D'Juan Hines leads the Houston Cougars with 79 tackles, Ed Oliver has 2.5 sacks and Garrett Davis has four interceptions.
The Pirates are 1-8 ATS in their last 9 road games, 5-23 ATS in their last 28 conference games and 6-20 ATS in their last 26 games overall. The Cougars are 0-4 ATS vs. a team with a losing record, 2-9 ATS in their last 11 conference games and 5-11 ATS in their last 16 games overall. The Pirates are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings in Houston, 7-3 ATS in their last 10 meetings and the underdog is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 meetings.
Houston's only blowout win this season was against Rice, as the Cougars have either lost or won by 13 or less points in every game this season. You can talk about East Carolina's defense all you want, and it is bad, but the Pirates can score enough points to compete, as they've scored 21 or more points in four of their last five games and are fresh off an impressive showing against BYU. This also has a bit of a letdown feel for the Cougars after they topped South Florida last week. I'll take a stab with the points here and the road team.