East Carolina at NC State
Saturday, August 31, 2019 at 11:00 AM (Carter-Finley )
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The East Carolina Pirates and the NC State Wolfpack will match up on the college football circuit on Saturday.
The Pirates are coming off of a trying season in 2018, finishing just 3-8 ant 1-7 in AAC play for a fifth-place finish in the East Division. It was no improvement over the 2017 season, where East Carolina went 3-9.
This year, the Pirates will get a new coaching staff helmed by first-year head coach Mike Houston. Coming along with him and also in their first years will be offensive coordinator Donnie Kirkpatrick and DC Bob Trott.
Over on the NC State side, they performed fairly well in a tough conference, going 9-4 overall and 5-3 in ACC play. That was good enough for third place in the Atlantic Division behind perennial powerhouses Clemson and Syracuse.
NC State got an invitation to the Gator Bowl last year, but didn’t perform well in the game, losing 52-13 and leaving a lot to prove heading into this season.
The Pirates are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 versus the ACC and 15-40-1 ATS in their last 57 overall. East Carolina is 7-20 ATS in their last 27 road games and 2-8 ATS in their last 10 non-conference games.
Meanwhile, the Wolfpack are 2-5 ATS in their last seven games on grass and the over is 4-0 in their last four versus the AAC. The home team is 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings between these two teams and the underdog is 5-2 ATS in their last seven meetings.
East Carolina doesn’t have a whole lot of expectations heaped on them this season, so at least initially the coaching staff should have plenty of freedom to experiment if they so desire. As for NC State, they’re something of an afterthought in the ACC and will likely be looking up at Clemson, Syracuse and Florida State in the standings while fighting off a plucky Boston College team. That said, the Wolfpack should have plenty of stability coming into this one and I see it as a big victory. I’ll take NC State.