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East Carolina vs. UCONN - 11/17/18 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
UCONN Huskies (1-9) at East Carolina Pirates (2-7)
Date & Time Saturday November 17, 2018, 7:00 PM (EST)
Location Unknown Location Unknown Address
The Line
The Line: East Carolina Pirates -17.5 -- Over/Under:
TV Channel
CBSNN
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The UConn Huskies and East Carolina Pirates meet Saturday in week 12 AAC college football action at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium.

The UConn Huskies could use a victory here that would snap a seven-game losing streak. The UConn Huskies have lost all five road games this season. David Pindell is completing 59.8 percent of his passes for 1,717 yards, 15 touchdowns and nine interceptions. Pindell and Marvin Washington have combined for 16 touchdown passes and 12 interceptions this season. Kyle Buss and Aaron McLean have combined for 821 receiving yards and five touchdowns while Hergy Mayala has 31 receptions. The UConn Huskies ground game is averaging 219 yards per contest, and Pindell leads the way with 1,115 yards and 10 touchdowns. Defensively, UConn is allowing 49.3 points and 623.6 yards per game. Tyler Coyle leads the UConn Huskies with 89 tackles, Darrian Beavers has four sacks and Oneil Robinson has one interception.

The East Carolina Pirates could also use a win here that would snap a five-game losing streak. The East Carolina Pirates have lost four of their last six home games. Reid Herring is completing 55.4 percent of his passes for 1,502 yards, six touchdowns and seven interceptions. Herring and Holton Ahlers have combined for 13 touchdown passes and nine interceptions this season. Trevon Brown and Deondre Farrier have combined for 1,371 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns while Blake Proehl has 26 receptions. The East Carolina Pirates ground game is averaging 114.1 yards per contest, and Holton Ahlers leads the way with 441 yards and five touchdowns. Defensively, East Carolina is allowing 34.8 points and 412 yards per game. Davondre Robinson leads the East Carolina Pirates with 62 tackles, Nate Harvey has 9.5 sacks and Corey Seargent has two interceptions.

The Huskies are 15-34-2 ATS in their last 51 road games, 7-23-3 ATS vs. a team with a losing record and 16-41-2 ATS in their last 59 games overall. The Pirates are 7-18-1 ATS in their last 26 home games, 8-29-1 ATS in their last 38 conference games and 15-38-1 ATS in their last 54 games overall. The over is 6-2 in Huskies last 8 games on grass and 4-1 in Huskies last 5 games in November.

The UConn Huskies are downright awful on the defensive end, but they're coming off one of their best offensive performances in quite some time and Pindell seems to be getting more comfortable each week. The East Carolina Pirates have just one victory since the meeting against Virginia Tech was canceled, and they've been held to 20 or less points in five of their last seven games. The UConn Huskies have failed to cover six of their last nine games when an underdog of at least 14 points. The East Carolina Pirates have split their last six games ATS when a favorite of at least 14 points. Last years meeting was decided by just three points. The bottom line is I'm not looking to lay a big number with a bad football team, especially against another bad football team. Laying chalk with either side makes no sense to me. So, give me UConn and the points if forced to pick.

Pick:
UConn Huskies +17.5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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