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Betting line favors Pirates over Miners

Texas El Paso MinersEast Carolina Pirates
Sep 29, 7:00 PM | Grass of Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium

Texas El Paso Miners vs East Carolina Pirates Odds

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A key Week 5 battle has the visiting Miners travelling to East Carolina on Saturday to face the Pirates.

They battle the Miners, currently with a 1-3 mark (2-2 ATS). The over under records, important for totals bettors, are 1-2 for the Pirates and 2-2 for the Miners.

View Texas El Paso vs East Carolina Odds and Stats.

Betting Line: The Pirates were listed as 4-point favorites at sportsbooks on the opening college football line.

Power Rankings / Prediction: The Pirates sit at No. 53 in the current NCAAF Power Rankings here at OddsShark, while the Miners are at No. 97 on that chart. Math models have concluded that the Pirates will win this game 17-15.

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How They Match Up:
The game also pits East Carolina's No. 112-ranked offense, averaging 18.8 PPG, against a Miners defense that ranks No. 86 this week at 29.2 PPG. The Pirates aerial game is averaging 217.5 yards per game, less than the Miners secondary allows through the air, 232.5 YPG per game.

In comparing defenses, the Miners own the league's No. 105-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 271.5 yards per game when on the road. East Carolina, on the other hand, rates No. 90 this week in generating rushing yards at home.

In their last action, Texas El Paso was a 37-26 loser on the road against Wisconsin. They covered the 17.5-point spread as underdogs, while the combined score (63) was profitable news for OVER bettors. Last time out, Texas El Paso could not slow down WinningWR, who managed 151 receiving yards in the Badgers 37-26 victory over the Miners Saturday.

Last time out for East Carolina, they were a 27-6 loser as they battled North Carolina on the road. East Carolina failed to cover in the match as a 14.5-point underdog, while 33 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. East Carolina didn’t make much of a game of it last time out, losing to the Tar Heels as North Carolina blasted them 27-6 in Week 4 action.

Texas El Paso Miners Trends:
When playing in September are 4-6
When playing on grass are 4-6
After being outgained are 4-6
When playing within the conference are 3-7

East Carolina Pirates Trends:
When playing in September are 5-5
When playing on grass are 4-6
After being outgained are 5-5
When playing within the conference are 5-5

A few Miners at Pirates trends to consider:
Texas El Paso is 2-7 ATS in its last 9 games
Texas El Paso is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games
Texas El Paso is 3-17 SU in its last 20 games on the road
East Carolina is 17-8 SU in its last 25 games at home

Next up:
Texas El Paso home to Southern Methodist, Saturday, October 6
East Carolina at Central Florida, Saturday, October 6