SMU at East Carolina 11/28/20 College Football Picks and Predictions
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East Carolina Pirates (2-6) vs SMU Mustangs (7-2)
Game Info: Saturday, November 28, 2020 at 12:00 pm (Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium)
Betting Odds: East Carolina Pirates +10.5 -- Over/Under: 68.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The SMU Mustangs and East Carolina Pirates face off on Saturday in a college football showdown at Dowdy-Ficken Stadium.
The SMU Mustangs have found success this season but they are coming off a very disappointing fight. SMU sits with a 5-2 record overall but in their last game against Tulsa, the offense only managed 24 points and that led to the loss. This is an SMU offense that is averaging 38.7 points per game and in this game it’s going to be about the offense running up the score against a defense that hasn’t been elite this season. Quarterback Shane Buechle has been a program changer for this SMU team and on the season he has thrown for 2,781 yards, 21 touchdowns, and four interceptions. They need Buechele to be a game-changer for them in this game.
On the other side of this matchup is the East Carolina Pirates who haven’t had a whole lot of success this season but they are coming off a win over Temple in their last game. This is a defense that has been bad all season, but in the last game against Temple they only gave up three points and that type of defensive effort is going to be needed in this game. On offense, East Carolina is averaging 27.5 points per game, but at times it seems that the offense only happens during garbage time. Quarterback Holton Ahlers has been good throwing for 1,623 yards, 14 touchdowns, and nine interceptions.
SMU is 2-7 against the spread in their last nine games in November. East Carolina is 15-39 in their last 54 games played against teams with a winning record. The over is 10-4 in East Carolina’s last 14 games overall.
East Carolina doesn’t play a whole lot of defense, but their offense is strong. Look for both teams to run up the score and this game is going to go well over the posted total. In terms of the site, it's a lean to East Carolina to cover the spread, but they aren't a team I am going to lay a whole lot of stock in.