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East Carolina favored by -8 against Middle Tennessee on Saturday

East Carolina PiratesMiddle Tennessee Blue Raiders
3-1October 05, 2013, 03:30 | Floyd Stadium3-2


Bettors will be looking to hit pay dirt on Saturday when the Blue Raiders host the Pirates at Floyd Stadium in Week 6 action.

The Blue Raiders sit at 3-2 (1-4 ATS) on the season; in comparison, the Pirates are currently 3-1 (2-2 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Middle Tennessee is 2-3 OU, and East Carolina is 2-2 OU.

View East Carolina Pirates vs Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders Odds and Stats.

Sportsbooks such as Sportsbook.ag had set the Blue Raiders as 8-point underdogs on the opening line for this contest.

According to the Power Rankings here at OddsShark it's the No. 95-rated Blue Raiders and the No. 35-rated Pirates in this matchup. Predictive formulas point to a 39-24 win for the Pirates on Saturday.

East Carolina won its last outing, a 55-31 result against North Carolina on September 28. East Carolina covered in that game as a 12.5-point underdog, while the 86 combined points took the game OVER the total. Shane Carden's 376-yard performance through the air was enough last time out, as East Carolina earned a 55-31 win over North Carolina on Saturday at Kenan Stadium.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Middle Tennessee's No. 80-ranked offense (26.8 PPG) against a Pirates defense that ranks No. 59 at 24.25 PPG. The Blue Raiders passing attack has averaged 185.4 yards per game, less than the Pirates give up through the air (301 YPG on average).

In comparing defenses, the Pirates own the league's No. 84-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 208.33 yards per game when on the road. Middle Tennessee, on the other hand, rates No. 85 this week in generating rushing yards at home.

A few Pirates at Blue Raiders trends to consider:
East Carolina is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games
East Carolina is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games
The total has gone OVER in 7 of East Carolina's last 10 games
East Carolina is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
Middle Tennessee is 1-5-1 ATS in its last 7 games
Middle Tennessee is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Middle Tennessee's last 8 games
Middle Tennessee is 2-10-1 ATS in its last 13 games at home

Next up:
East Carolina at Tulane, Saturday, October 12th
Middle Tennessee at North Texas, Saturday, October 12th