East Carolina Pirates (3-7) at Cincinnati Bearcats (9-2)
College Football: Friday, November 23, 2018 at 3:30 pm (Nippert Stadium)
The Line: Cincinnati Bearcats -18 -- Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The East Carolina Pirates and Cincinnati Bearcats meet Friday in college football action at Nippert Stadium.
The East Carolina Pirates have a chance to win back-to-back games for the first time since September of 2016. The East Carolina Pirates have lost six straight road games. Holton Ahlers is completing 49.4 percent of his passes for 1,601 yards, 11 touchdowns and two interceptions. Reid Herring and Ahlers have combined for 17 touchdown passes and nine interceptions this season. Trevon Brown and Deondre Farrier have combined for 1,402 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns while Blake Proehl has 29 receptions. The East Carolina Pirates ground game is averaging 144.2 yards per contest, and Ahlers leads the way with 571 yards and six touchdowns. Defensively, East Carolina is allowing 33.4 points and 398.2 yards per game. Devon Sutton leads the East Carolina Pirates with 70 tackles, Nate Harvey has 12.5 sacks and Corey Seargent has two interceptions.
The Cincinnati Bearcats have a chance to win double-digit games for the first time since the 2012 season. The Cincinnati Bearcats have won six straight home games. Desmond Ridder is completing 61.8 percent of his passes for 2,024 yards, 15 touchdowns and five interceptions. Ridder has two or more touchdown passes in six of his last nine games. Kahlil Lewis and Rashad Medaris have combined for 994 receiving yards and nine touchdowns while Josiah Deguara has 32 receptions. The Cincinnati Bearcats ground game is averaging 237.2 yards per contest, and Michael Warren II leads the way with 1,163 yards and 17 touchdowns. Defensively, Cincinnati is allowing 17 points and 290.9 yards per game. Malik Clements leads the Cincinnati Bearcats with 52 tackles, Cortez Broughton has 5.5 sacks and James Wiggins has three interceptions.
The Pirates are 0-6 ATS in their last 6 Friday games, 3-11 ATS in their last 14 road games and 16-38-1 ATS in their last 55 games overall. The Bearcats are 5-15 ATS in their last 20 home games, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Friday games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Pirates are 0-6 ATS in their last 6 meetings in Cincinnati, 2-6 ATS in their last 8 meetings and the unnderdog is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings.
The East Carolina Pirates haven't won back-to-back games in forever and four of their last five losses have been decided by double digits. The Cincinnati Bearcats have bounced back nicely from losses this season and are outscoring teams by 26 points at home. The East Carolina Pirates have failed to cover 14 of their last 17 games as a double-digit underdog. The Cincinnati Bearcats have split their last 10 games as a double-digit favorite. East Carolina simply isn't a good football team and hasn't been covering numbers, even with them being big underdogs almost weekly. You have to like the Cincinnati Bearcats in a blowout victory.