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Florida International Golden Panthers vs East Carolina Pirates in NCAAF odds tilt

East Carolina PiratesFlorida International Golden Panthers
5-2November 02, 2013, 06:00 | FIU Stadium1-6

Florida International looks to cover the Golden Panthers-Pirates point spread this week and improve its overall 1-6 mark when they host East Carolina in Week 10 action.

The Pirates will look to vanquish their hosts on Saturday, as they are 3-4 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Golden Panthers are 2-5 ATS. East Carolina is 4-3 against the total, while Florida International is 3-4 versus the number.

View East Carolina Pirates vs Florida International Golden Panthers Odds and Stats.

Fans backing the Golden Panthers here saw them open at 5Dimes as 20-point underdogs in this college football clash. (Check back shortly for opening totals at sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark as none was available at the time this preview was written.)

The Golden Panthers sit at No. 118 in the current NCAAF Power Rankings here at OddsShark, while the Pirates are at No. 20 on that chart. Math models have concluded that the Pirates will win this game 38-1.

The Golden Panthers suffered a Week 9 loss against Louisiana Tech in their last game, falling 23-7 at FIU Stadium.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Florida International's No. 123-ranked offense, averaging 11.14 PPG, against a Pirates defense that ranks No. 44 this week at 23.43 PPG. The Golden Panthers aerial game is averaging 145.14 yards per game, less than the Pirates secondary allows through the air, 255.86 YPG per game.

Defensively, the Pirates feature the league's No. 5-rated road run defense, allowing 80.33 yards per game. Florida International, meanwhile, ranks No. 123 in rushing offense at home.

A few Pirates at Golden Panthers trends to consider:
East Carolina is 3-7 ATS in its last 10 games
East Carolina is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games
The total has gone OVER in 9 of East Carolina's last 13 games
East Carolina is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
Florida International is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games
Florida International is 1-7 SU in its last 8 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Florida International's last 6 games
Florida International is 1-7 ATS in its last 8 games at home

Next up:
East Carolina at Tulsa, Saturday, November 9th
Florida International at Middle Tennessee, Saturday, November 9th