Old Dominion vs. East Carolina - 9/28/19 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Old Dominion vs. East Carolina - 9/28/19 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by

Old Dominion vs. East Carolina

Saturday, September 28, 2019 at 5:01 PM (Foreman Field at S.B. Ballard Stadium)

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The East Carolina Pirates and the Old Dominion Monarchs meet in a week 5 non-conference college football matchup from Foreman Field at S.B. Ballard Stadium on Saturday.

The East Carolina Pirates will look to find some consistency after alternating wins and losses to start the season, getting back to 2-2 with a 19-7 win over William & Mary in their last outing. Holton Ahlers has thrown for 711 yards, 2 touchdowns and 3 interceptions on 56.8% passing while also leading the Pirates in rushing with 185 rushing yards and 3 touchdowns. Darius Pinnix Jr. also has 157 rushing yards and a pair of rushing scores while Blake Proehl leads ECU in receiving with 18 receptions for 183 yards and a touchdown. Defensively, Xavier Smith leads the Pirates with 29 total tackles, while Daniel Charles and Bruce Bivens are 2 of ECU’s 7 20+ tacklers this season including Alex Turner who has 21 total tackles and a team-high 3 sacks this season. As a team, East Carolina is averaging 386.2 yards of total offense and 20.8 points per game while allowing 354.8 yards of total defense and 23 points per game against this season.

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The Old Dominion Monarchs will look to rebound from back-to-back defeats after a 28-17 loss to Virginia in their last outing. Stone Smartt has thrown for 486 yards, a touchdown and 2 interceptions while Lala Davis leads the Monarchs in rushing with 158 rushing yards and Kesean Strong has 116 rushing yards this season. Eric Kumah leads the Monarchs in receiving with 93 receiving yards while Kesean Strong has a team-high 11 receptions. Defensively, Lawrence Garner and Geronda Hall each have a team-high 25 tackles while Juwan Ross has 2.5 sacks this season. As a team, Old Dominion is averaging 295.7 yards of total offense and 19.3 points per game while allowing 305 yards of total defense and 26.7 points per game against this season.

East Carolina is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games and 17-43-1 ATS in their last 61 games overall while the over is 4-0 in their last 4 games against C-USA. Old Dominion is 4-10-1 ATS in their last 15 home games and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 non-conference games while the over is 5-2 in their last 7 games following a loss.

East Carolina comes from the tougher conference, but their two wins this season have come against FCS teams or lower and their two road games against FBS teams have seen the Pirates get outscored 76-16. Old Dominion is by no means a world-beater and their lone win came against an FCS team as well, but the Monarchs gave Virginia Tech a scare two games ago and hung around with a Virginia team that’s expected to win one of the ACC divisions this season. I just think in a near pick ‘em scenario, getting a team that’s at home never really hurts when the teams are evenly matched, so I’ll lay the point with Old Dominion here.

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Chris’s Pick Old Dominion -1

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.