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Week 2: East Carolina vs Old Dominion 9/10/22 College Football Picks, Predictions, Odds

Old Dominion Monarchs (1-0) vs. East Carolina Pirates (0-1)
September 10, 2022 6:00 pm EDT
The Line: East Carolina Pirates -11.5 / Old Dominion Monarchs +11.5 ; Over/Under: +52.5
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The East Carolina Pirates and Old Dominion Monarchs clash Saturday night in week 2 college football action from Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium. Old Dominion is fresh off an opener matchup versus Virginia Tech. In that one the Monarchs snagged a nice three-point win. As for East Carolina, they played NC State in their first outing. The Pirates would end up losing a heartbreaker by one point. Check back all season long for free college football picks at Sports Chat Place.

Old Dominion had their ups and downs in 2021 with a 6-7 overall record, but the team did reasonably well with a third-place finish in the East Division of the Conference USA standings at 5-3. Old Dominion’s season ended with a 30-17 loss to Tulsa in the Myrtle Beach Bowl, though. 

In their Week 1 game versus Virginia Tech, Old Dominion came back from a 17-10 fourth-quarter deficit for a 20-17 win. QB Hayden Wolff managed 165 yards passing and Blake Watson added 19 carries for 56 yards and a score. Ali Jennings caught five balls for 122 yards as well. 

Over on the East Carolina side, they went 7-5 overall in 2021 play. The Pirates had a 5-3 record in American Athletic Conference games, finishing in fourth place in the standings. ECU took an invite to the Military Bowl versus Boston College, but the game was ultimately cancelled due to virus issues. 

In their 2022 opener versus NC State, East Carolina stood tall and outscored the Wolfpack 13-0 in the second half. The Pirates ended up losing in a tough 21-20 outcome. QB Holton Ahlers finished with 274 yards, two TDs and two INTs. CJ Johnson caught six balls for 90 yards and a TD. 

PICK: I’m probably trying East Carolina here. The Pirates outplayed a great NC State team in a lot of areas over the weekend, and nearly pulled off the epic upset win. Overall the numbers were pretty good in most areas, including 383 total yards, 17 first downs and just two penalties. It should be an encouraging sign for the East Carolina team moving forward. 

As for Old Dominion, they notched a great opener win over Virginia Tech but it wasn’t exactly pretty. The Monarchs posted just 245 total yards, 3.6 yards per play and 13 first downs. The win came courtesy of Virginia Tech’s five turnovers, 14 penalties and 5-of-16 rate on third-down tries. Not to discount the ODU victory, but the Cavs essentially kept themselves from winning. 

Andrew's Free Pick: East Carolina Pirates -11.5

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Andrew has been writing about college, professional and fantasy sports betting since 2013. Andrew's goal is to break down the complicated numbers and trends into a language that's easily accessible to novice sports bettors and seasoned professionals alike.

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