East Carolina Pirates (3-7) vs Cincinnati Bearcats (9-2)Date : 11/23/2018
Time : 3:30 pm EST
Location : Nippert Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
East Carolina Pirates vs Cincinnati Bearcats
The East Carolina Pirates will travel to Nippert Stadium in Cincinnati Ohio, to battle the Cincinnati Bearcats on Friday afternoon at 12 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. The East Carolina Pirates halted a five-game losing streak by picking up a 55-21 home victory over the UConn Huskies last weekend. They blew the game open in the second quarter by scoring 27 points while taking a 34-21 lead at the half while crusing to victory. The Cincinnati Bearcats halted a three-game winning streak by suffering a 38-13 road loss to the Knights of Central Florida University last weekend in a game where the Bearcats rushed for 254 yards yet could not capitalize off their offensive opportunities as they had three costly fumbles in the contest. And while the Bearcats will not be playing for the AAC crown, they will certainly be vying for a higher-tier bowl game with a win in this contest.
East Carolina Pirates's Latest Performance :
East Carolina has won one game within the AAC East Division all year. Nonetheless, their second win this season came last weekend over a lowly UConn team that came into the game win-less on the season within the division. The Pirates were able to get the much-needed win while halting a three-game losing streak in the meantime. And while the Pirates offense was only averaging 19 points per game during their five-game losing streak, they exploded for 55 points in their last outing versus the Huskies thanks to a Holton Ahlers four touchdown night as he also rushed for 134 yards along with a TD on the ground in the Win. Ahlers has been on fire lately as he has thrown for 300 or more yards in three of his last four outings to where his interception to touchdown ratio stood at 1 to 9.
Needless to say, with the quarterback playing the way that he has been playing recently, the Pirates have a decent chance at winning this game; However, the Bearcats will certainly be looking for a season-ending victory after their debacle versus the knights in their last outing.
Cincinnati Bearcats's Latest Performance :
As stated, the Cincinnati Bearcats blew their chances at winning the division with a loss versus the Central Florida Knights in their last match up; However, they will certainly need to end the season strong with a win over a struggling East Carolina team that came out of their offensive funk last week versus a UConn team that was simply overmatched throughout the game. Nonetheless, the Bearcats certainly did not help their chances in their last outing versus the Knights as they fumbled the ball three times throughout the contest, thus ruining their chances of capitalizing on their numerous offensive opportunities. Michael Warren II led the offensive attack with 81 yards on 18 carries for the day while Desmond Ridder threw for only 127 yards on the day while his favorite target was Khalil Lewis as he had 75 yards on five catches.
On the other hand, the Bearcats defense allowed Central Florida’s McKenzie Milton to pass for three touchdowns for the game while the passing game, overall, averaged 10.7 yards per catch in the contest. The Bearcats will certainly have to regroup in a hurry in which to face an East Carolina Squad that will likely use their most recent win as a catalyst for finishing up the season strong.
How East Carolina Pirates & Cincinnati Bearcats Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
East Carolina is 3-6 ATS while the OU is 4-5
Cincinnati is 6-4 ATS while the OU is 4-6
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
Look for this game to be a very competitive contest between two teams either looking to build off recent momentum, or, seeking to end the season on a strong note while looking forward to the bowl season. As an angle to this matchup, the Pirates had their way with the Bearcats in their last outing on November of 2017 to where they picked up the 48-20 home victory. This fact could very well act as a revenge factor along with a true catalyst that will be needed in which to allow the Bearcats to come out with a much-needed victory in their season finale on Friday.
Against The Spread Selection: Pick: Cincinnati Bearcats
My reason for the pick :
I will back Cincinnati in this matchup as I feel that they will bounce back from a tough loss to the Knights of Central Florida in winning fashion. Of course, we can look at the offensive mistakes as it relates to the Bearcats in their last matchup all day long. And in most cases, the team will certainly deserve every bit of criticism that they receive. Nonetheless, Cincinnati will indeed come out with a totally different focus in this matchup not only to improve upon their rushing attack, but, to also ensure that the passing attack for East Carolina does not get going early in this matchup. I happen to think that they will do a fairly outstanding job in this area, thus allowing them to get the win in the end.
Totals Selection: Pick: Under
My reason for the prediction :
I expect the Bearcats to come out and take control of the pace of this game early and often. With that being the case, look for the under to be the strong play in this matchup as it has been the result in three of the last four games for the Cincinnati Bearcats, overall. Also, look for the Bearcats defense to play much more consistently versus this on and off East Carolina offense.
Betting trends for East Carolina Pirates:
- East Carolina is 3-11 ATS in its last 14 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 6 of East Carolina’s last 8 games on the road
East Carolina is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games when playing Cincinnati
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of East Carolina’s last 6 games when playing Cincinnati
East Carolina is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Cincinnati
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of East Carolina’s last 5 games when playing on the road against Cincinnati
Betting trends for Cincinnati Bearcats:
- Cincinnati is 5-15 ATS in its last 20 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Cincinnati’s last 5 games at home
Cincinnati is 6-2 ATS in its last 8 games when playing East Carolina
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Cincinnati’s last 6 games when playing East Carolina
Cincinnati is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games when playing at home against East Carolina
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Cincinnati’s last 5 games when playing at home against East Carolina