UCONN vs. East Carolina - 11/23/19 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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East Carolina Pirates (3-7) at UCONN Huskies (2-8)
College Football: Saturday, November 23, 2019 at 12:00 pm (Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field)
The Line: UCONN Huskies +14 -- Over/Under:
The East Carolina Pirates and UConn Huskies meet Saturday in week 13 college football action at Pratt & Whitney Stadium.
The East Carolina Pirates need a win here to snap a five-game losing streak. The East Carolina Pirates have lost four of their last five road games. Holton Ahlers is completing 59 percent of his passes for 2,705 yards, 17 touchdowns and eight interceptions. Ahlers has 10 touchdown passes in his last two games. C.J. Johnson and Tyler Snead have combined for 1,260 receiving yards and eight touchdowns while Blake Proehl has 40 receptions. The East Carolina Pirates ground game is averaging 148.6 yards per contest, and Demetrius Mauney leads the way with 433 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, East Carolina is allowing 33.1 points and 443.6 yards per game. Xavier Smith leads the East Carolina Pirates with 69 tackles, Kendall Futrell has nine sacks and Ja'Quan McMillian has three interceptions.
The UConn Huskies also need a win after losing eight of their last nine games. The UConn Huskies have lost their last four home games. Jack Zergiotis is completing 55.9 percent of his passes for 1,114 yards, five touchdowns and nine interceptions. UConn quarterbacks have combined for 10 touchdowns and 12 interceptions this season. Cameron Ross and Ardell Brown have combined for 810 receiving yards and three touchdowns while Art Thompkins has 38 receptions. The UConn Huskies ground game is averaging 137.4 yards per contest, and Kevin Mensah leads the way with 918 yards and nine touchdowns. Defensively, UConn is allowing 40.6 points and 451.9 yards per game. Tyler Coyle leads the UConn Huskies with 82 tackles, Lwal Uguak has four sacks and Abiola Olaniyan has one interception.
The Pirates are 6-15 ATS in their last 21 road games, 13-32-1 ATS in their last 46 conference games and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Huskies are 16-33-2 ATS in their last 51 home games, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 conference games and 20-49-2 ATS in their last 71 games overall. The under is 8-2 in Huskies last 10 games following a bye week. The over is 4-0 in Pirates last 4 games overall.
The East Carolina Pirates are 4-2 ATS in their last six games as a double-digit favorite. The UConn Huskies are 2-5 ATS in their last seven games as a double-digit underdog. The East Carolina Pirates haven't won in nearly two months and have allowed 41 or more points in four straight games. The UConn Huskies have won once since September and have allowed 35 or more points in seven of their last eight games. UConn is not a good football team to put it nicely and constantly comes up short as big underdogs, but ECU shouldn't be laying double-digit chalk on the road against anyone with that defense. This is also senior day for a UConn team that has 12 seniors. Give me the two free touchdowns.