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East Carolina favored by 4 against UAB on Saturday

East Carolina PiratesUAB Blazers
Oct 20, 7:00 PM | Turf of Legion Field

East Carolina Pirates vs UAB Blazers Odds

4-3TEAM RECORD1-5

The Pirates will be looking to pick up a win and cover the spread when they take on the Blazers in UAB at Legion Field on Saturday in Week 8 action.

The Pirates will look to vanquish their hosts on Saturday, as they are 4-3 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Blazers are 3-3 ATS. East Carolina is 2-4 against the total, while UAB is 3-2 versus the number.

View East Carolina vs UAB Odds and Stats.

Betting Line: The visitors opened as 4-point favorites in this one at 5Dimes and most sportsbooks tracked here at OddsShark. No total had been posted as of press time check the live lines pages in the coming days to see where the number opened.

Power Rankings / Prediction: It's a betting matchup between the No. 45-rated Blazers and the No. 95-ranked Pirates, according to the NCAAF Power Rankings here at Odds Shark. Predictive-scoring models run on this game indicate a potential 27-19 result in favor of the Pirates.

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How They Match Up:
The game also pits UAB's No. 74-ranked offense, averaging 26.8 PPG, against a Pirates defense that ranks No. 49 this week at 23.9 PPG. The Blazers aerial game is averaging 309.3 yards per game, more than the Pirates secondary allows through the air, 262.4 YPG per game.

Defensively, the Pirates feature the league's No. 34-rated road run defense, allowing 129.5 yards per game. UAB, meanwhile, ranks No. 117 in rushing offense at home.

In their last action, East Carolina was a 41-7 winner at home against Memphis. They covered the 17-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (48) was profitable news for UNDER bettors. Shane Carden throttled the Tigers defense in his team's most recent action, throwing for 308 yards as East Carolina handed Memphis a 41-7 defeat.

UAB lost its last outing, a 39-17 result against Houston on October 13. UAB failed to cover in that game as a 12.5-point underdog, while the 56 combined points took the game UNDER the total. In UAB's last outing, Austin Brown threw for 302 yards in a losing cause against the Cougars, 39-17 at John O`Quinn Field at Robertson Stadium.

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

UAB Blazers Trends:
When playing in October are 4-6
When playing on turf are 4-6
After being outgained are 3-7
When playing within the conference are 3-7

A few Pirates at Blazers trends to consider:
East Carolina is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing UAB
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of East Carolina's last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of East Carolina's last 7 games when playing UAB
The total has gone OVER in 12 of East Carolina's last 18 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of UAB's last 7 games when playing East Carolina
UAB is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games when playing East Carolina
UAB is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games
UAB is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing East Carolina

Next up:
East Carolina home to Navy, Saturday, October 27
UAB at Tulane, Saturday, October 27