College Football Pick East Carolina at UAB 11-11-10

November 8, 2010


East Carolina Pirates at UAB Blazers

Thursday November 11, 2010 8:00 PM EST

Line: UAB -2.5

East Carolina has shown the ugly side of their defense the last two weeks as they have allowed a total of 125 points in two loses. Last week they allowed a whopping 76 points to Navy at home. This week they travel to UAB where the Blazers will be looking to bounce back from a 31-17 loss to Marshall.

Stats to consider:

East Carolina Pirates:

  • The Pirates are 5-4 with a 4-1 C-USA record.
  • They are 1-3 on the road with their one victory coming by a point at Southern Miss 44-43.
  • Points against per game: 41.3 (117th)
  • Points for per game: 36.4 (14th)
  • Passing yards a game: 316.2 (7th)
  • Rushing yards a game: 122.4 (94th)

UAB Blazers:

  • The Blazers are 3-6 with a 2-3 C-USA record.
  • They are 2-2 at home this season.
  • Points against per game: 31.3 (96th)
  • Points for per game: 24.4 (81st)
  • Passing yards a game: 241.6 (43rd)
  • Rushing yards a game: 166.1 (43rd)

What to watch for:

  • The Pirates have struggled running the football and have turned to Junior QB Dominique Davis to carry the team. Davis has thrown for 2,746 yards 26 TDs and 11 Ints. Just last week Davis was 43-65 for 413 yards and 5 TDs in a losing effort against Navy. His favorite target has been Senior WR Dwayne Harris who has 70 receptions for 823 yards and 8 TDs.
  • Leading UAB on the ground has been Junior RB Pat Shed. Shed has 607 yards and 2 TDs on the ground while adding 29 catches and 230 yards thru the air.
  • Tossing the rock for UAB has been Junior QB Bryan Ellis. Ellis has 1,910 yards 14 TDs and 9 Ints on the season.

Most sports picks are focused on defense. Neither of these two C-USA teams have played great defense. I would have to side with UAB in this one just based on the fact that East Carolina gave up 76 points last week at home. UAB has been a good offense and have failed to find the end zone. Expect them to have little trouble driving the ball in this one. This could very well be a shootout, but I’ll take the home team to win by at least a field goal.

Free College Football Pick: UAB -2.5

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