Navy Midshipmen (0-2) vs. East Carolina Pirates (2-1)
September 24, 2022 6:00 pm EDT
The Line: East Carolina Pirates -17.5 / Navy Midshipmen +17.5; Over/Under: +49.5
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The East Carolina Pirates and Navy Midshipmen clash Saturday in a week 4 AAC college football game from Dowdy-Fickien Stadium.
The Navy Midshipmen will be out to find their first win of the season after a 37-13 loss to Memphis last time out. Tai Lavatai has thrown for 234 yards and a touchdown on 40% passing while Maquel Haywood leads Navy’s ground attack with 82 rushing yards this season. Haywood also has a team-high 77 receiving yards this season. On defense, John Marshall has a team-high 22 total tackles in addition to a pair of sacks while Jacob Busic has a team-high 2.5 sacks and Colin Ramos has a team-high 10 solo tackles.
The East Carolina Pirates will hope to improve on their 2-1 record after a 49-10 beatdown of Campbell last time out. Holton Ahlers has thrown for 800 yards, 7 touchdowns and 2 interceptions on 67% passing while Keaton Mitchell leads ECU’s ground attack with 381 rushing yards and 3 TDs while Rahjai Harris has 123 rushing yards and 4 scores. Isaiah Winstead has a team-high 17 grabs for 259 yards while Jaylen Johnson and C.J. Johnson each have 100+ receiving yards as well this season. On defense, Juan Powell and Teagan Wilk lead the Pirates with 19 total tackles with Powell posting a team-high 13 solo tackles while Shaundre Mims has 1.5 sacks and the ECU defense has 3 interceptions.
Navy is 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games against a team with a winning record and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 road games against a team with a winning home record while the under is 7-3 in their last 10 games overall. East Carolina is 6-1 ATS in their last 7 home games and 8-2 ATS in their last 10 conference games while the over is 4-0 in their last 4 games following an ATS win.
I get the reasoning for backing Navy here as the Middies run that option offense that can chew up a lot of clock and make it hard for teams like ECU to have trouble covering these decent-sized numbers. However, Navy’s struggled to put up any points so far this season, while East Carolina’s scored 88 points in their last two games against inferior opposition, similar to what they’re up against here. I think this one ends up 38-17 ECU, so give me the Pirates laying the big number here.