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Betting line favors East Carolina vs FAU

The East Carolina Pirates will do battle with the visiting Florida Atlantic Owls on Thursday, looking to bolster their record and fatten the pocketbooks of bettors who back them. But they face a pointspread of nearly three TDs, as the Owls opened as 20.5-point underdogs.

The Owls will look to vanquish their hosts on Thursday, as they are 1-0 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Pirates are 0-1 ATS. Florida Atlantic is 0-1 against the total, while East Carolina is 1-0 versus the number.

View Florida Atlantic vs East Carolina Odds and Stats.

Betting Line: Oddsmakers at 5Dimes opened the Pirates as 15-point favorites in the matchup, while the betting total opened around 54 over at SportBet.

Power Rankings / Prediction: The Pirates sit at No. 106 in the current NCAA football Power Rankings here at OddsShark, while the Owls are at No. 73 on that chart. Math models have concluded that the Pirates will win this game 46-4.

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How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up East Carolina's No. 11-ranked offense (52 PPG) against a Owls defense that ranks No. 79 at 34 PPG. The Pirates passing attack has averaged 447 yards per game, more than the Owls give up through the air (200 YPG on average).

Defensively, the Owls feature the league's No. 38-rated road run defense, allowing 303 yards per game. East Carolina, meanwhile, ranks No. 73 in rushing offense at home.

In their last action, Florida Atlantic was a 34-6 loser on the road against Miami. They covered the 31-point spread as underdogs, while the combined score (40) was profitable news for UNDER bettors. Florida Atlantic was hammered in its last outing, as Miami ran up a 34-6 score against them at Sun Life Stadium.

East Carolina won its last outing, a 52-38 result against Old Dominion on August 31. East Carolina failed to cover in that game as a 15.5-point favorite, while the 90 combined points took the game OVER the total. In East Carolina's last outing, Shane Carden threw for 447 yards to lead the Pirates over Old Dominion 52-38 at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium.

Florida Atlantic Owls Trends:
When playing in September are 1-9
When playing on grass are 2-8
After being outgained are 2-8
When playing within the conference are 2-8

East Carolina Pirates Trends:
When playing in September are 5-5
When playing on grass are 6-4
After outgaining opponent are 5-5
When playing within the conference are 8-2

A few Owls at Pirates trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Florida Atlantic's last 6 games on the road
Florida Atlantic is 4-21 SU in its last 25 games
Florida Atlantic is 1-16 SU in its last 17 games on the road
East Carolina is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 6 of East Carolina's last 7 games
East Carolina is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of East Carolina's last 5 games at home

Next up:
Florida Atlantic at South Florida, Saturday, September 14
East Carolina home to Virginia Tech, Saturday, September 14