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East Carolina Pirates vs Ohio Bobcats in NCAAF odds tilt

Ohio BobcatsEast Carolina Pirates
7-5December 23, 2013, 02:00 | Tropicana Field9-3

College football bowl betting action will continue on December 23 as East Carolina takes on Ohio in the Beef O Brady's St. Petersburg Bowl at Tropicana Field.

Favorites are 4-1 ATS in the first 5 Beef O Bradys Bowls. Meanwhile, the OVER is 6-1 in the past seven East Carolina games overall this season.

East Carolina lays 14 points at Bovada and the Pirates have not lost outright in that situation since 2002. The Beef O Bradys Bowl odds may climb higher against the woeful Bobcats as game time approaches.

They battle the Bobcats, currently with a 7-5 mark (6-6 ATS). The over under records, important for totals bettors, are 8-4 for the Pirates and 4-8 for the Bobcats.

View Ohio Bobcats vs East Carolina Pirates Odds and Stats.

The Power Rankings at OddsShark have the No. 57-rated Bobcats taking on the No. 16-rated Pirates in this contest. Handicapping models indicate a 42-29 win for the Pirates on Monday.

Ohio won its last outing, a 51-23 result against Massachusetts on November 29. Ohio covered in that game as a 19.5-point favorite, while the 74 combined points took the game OVER the total. East Carolina lost its last outing 59-28 against Marshall on Friday, getting a 123-yard receiving performance from Isaiah Jones in a losing cause at Joan C. Edwards Stadium.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up East Carolina's No. 10-ranked offense (40.42 PPG) against a Bobcats defense that ranks No. 66 at 26.67 PPG. The Pirates passing attack has averaged 331.5 yards per game, more than the Bobcats give up through the air (212.17 YPG on average).

In comparing defenses, the Bobcats own the league's No. 93-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 205.8 yards per game when on the road. East Carolina, on the other hand, rates No. 111 this week in generating rushing yards at home.