North Carolina A&T Aggies (1-0) at East Carolina Pirates (0-0)
College Football: Saturday, September 1, 2018 at 6:00 pm (Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium)
The Line: East Carolina Pirates -8 -- Over/Under: 63.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The North Carolina A&T Aggies and East Carolina Pirates meet Saturday in college football action at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium.
The North Carolina A&T Aggies hope to build on their 1-0 start after beating Jacksonville State 20-17 as touchdown underdogs. The North Carolina A&T Aggies haven’t lost a game of any kind since November of 2016. Lamar Raynard is completing 35.2 percent of his passes for 111 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. Raynard has 29 touchdown passes dating back to last season. Zachary Leslie and Marquell Cartwright have combined for 66 receiving yards and one touchdown while Ron Hunt has one reception. The North Carolina A&T Aggies ground game is averaging 37 yards per contest, and Cartwright leads the way with 58 yards on 25 carries. Defensively, North Carolina A&T is allowing 17 points and 403 yards per game. Jamaal Darden leads the North Carolina A&T Aggies with 10 tackles, Justin Cates has one sack and Antoine Wilder has one interception.
The East Carolina Pirates have won six games the first two seasons under coach Scottie Montgomery and have missed the bowl season for three straight years. ECU will have a new quarterback in Reid Herring, new wide receivers leading the way, and Hussein Howe will hope to improve what was a dreadful rushing attack last season. The one bright spot for East Carolina offensively is wide receiver Trevon Brown, who has an NFL skill set and topped 1,000 receiving yards last season. Still, there are sure to be growing pains early on with this side of the ball. Defensively, East Carolina has nowhere to go but up after finishing dead last in points allowed and yards allowed per game. Alex Turner has potential to be one of the best defensive linemen in the AAC and linebacker Aaron Ramseur showed flashes last season as a freshman linebacker. The East Carolina Pirates have a lot of questions that need answers if this is going to be the year they become a respectable team in the AAC.
The over is 4-0 in Aggies last 4 games in September. The Pirates are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games in September. The over is 5-0 in Pirates last 5 vs. a team with a winning record and 4-0 in Pirates last 4 games in September.
The North Carolina A&T Aggies just beat one of the top FCS teams as seven-point underdogs despite getting little to nothing from their offense. Raynard and Cartwright are capable of so much more on the offensive end and usually put up impressive numbers. It's also important to mention that Raynard is 27-0 as a starting quarterback, so this team is led by a confident QB who expects to win whenever he takes the field. The East Carolina Pirates lost a lot on the offensive side of the ball and remain one of the worst defensive teams in all of college football until proven otherwise. This is a game North Carolina A&T could win outright yet again, and getting eight free points feels like a steal.