Charleston Southern Buccaneers (1-1) vs. East Carolina Pirates (1-2)
September 25, 2021 6:00 pm EDT
The Line: East Carolina Pirates -27.5 / Charleston Southern Buccaneers +27.5; Over/Under: -
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The East Carolina Pirates meet the Charleston Southern Buccaneers Saturday in week 4 college football action at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium. The Charleston Southern Buccaneers look for an upset victory to get a game above a .500 record. The East Carolina Pirates look for another win to also get to 2-2 on the season.
The Charleston Southern Buccaneers have lost six of their last 10 road games. Jack Chambers is completing 60.7 percent of his passes for 454 yards, four touchdowns and one interception. Garris Schwarting and Demetrius Jones have combined for 253 receiving yards and four touchdowns while Cayden Jordan has eight receptions. The Charleston Southern Buccaneers ground game is averaging 152.5 yards per contest, and JD Moore leads the way with 140 yards on 24 carries. Defensively, Charleston Southern is allowing 31 points and 370.5 yards per game. Edward King leads the Charleston Southern Buccaneers with seven tackles, John Chiaramonte Jr. has 1.5 sacks and Matthew Williams has one interception.
The East Carolina Pirates have lost four of their last five home games. Holton Ahlers is completing 51.6 percent of his passes for 372 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions. Jsi Hatfield and Keaton Mitchell have combined for 227 receiving yards and two touchdowns while Tyler Snead has nine receptions. The East Carolina Pirates ground game is averaging 124.3 yards per contest, and Rahjai Harris leads the way with 92 yards on 22 carries. Defensively, East Carolina is allowing 30.3 points and 482 yards per game. Myles Berry leads the East Carolina Pirates with 19 tackles, Suirad Ware has two sacks and Ja’Quan McMillian has two interceptions.
The Charleston Southern Buccaneers aren’t a good football team and they’ve been blasted over the years against FBS competition. I am concerned about a letdown spot for the East Carolina Pirates, a team that just beat Marshall on the road. However, if ECU shows up and is focused, this is a game the Pirates should be able to roll. Charleston Southern just doesn’t have the horses to survive this game.