The East Carolina Pirates and Cincinnati Bearcats meet Friday afternoon in week 13 AAC college football action at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium in Greenville. The Cincinnati Bearcats look to get to 12-0 and stay in the playoff race. The East Carolina Pirates look to build on their four-game winning streak.
The Cincinnati Bearcats are 5-0 SU on the road this season. Desmond Ridder is completing 66.5 percent of his passes for 2,699 yards, 25 touchdowns and 6 interceptions. Alec Pierce and Tyler Scott have combined for 1,082 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns, while Tre Tucker has 29 receptions. The Cincinnati Bearcats ground game is averaging 180.5 yards per contest, and Jerome Ford leads the way with 970 yards and 16 touchdowns. Defensively, Cincinnati is allowing 16 points and 304.2 yards per game. Joel Dublanko leads the Cincinnati Bearcats with 89 tackles, Curtis Brooks has 5.5 sacks and Deshawn Pace had 4 interceptions.
The East Carolina Pirates have won four straight home games. Holton Ahlers is completing 63 percent of his passes for 2,898 yards, 17 touchdowns and 9 interceptions. Tyler Snead and CJ Johnson have combined for 1,284 receiving yards and 5 touchdowns, while Audie Omotosho has 37 receptions. The East Carolina Pirates ground game is averaging 171.5 yards per contest, and Keaton Mitchell leads the way with 1,077 yards and 9 touchdowns. Defensively, East Carolina is allowing 25.5 points and 389.4 yards per game. Bruce Bivens leads the East Carolina Pirates with 53 tackles, Suirad Ware has 3 sacks and Ja’Quan McMillian has 5 interceptions.
The Bearcats are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games as a favorite and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Pirates are 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 home games and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The under is 4-1 in Bearcats last 5 games overall. The under is 4-1 in Pirates last 5 home games. The Bearcats are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 meetings.
The East Carolina Pirates are quietly having an excellent season, and their results suggest they can’t be taken lightly in this matchup. However, ECU has taken advantage of a lot of cupcakes this year, and the Cincinnati Bearcats are likely going to bring them back to reality a bit. There’s no much East Carolina does that’s going to scare Cincinnati. The Cincinnati Bearcats also need to win with style points to truly convince the playoff committee they belong in the top four. I’ll lay the chalk.