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Pirates host Blazers in Week 12 action

UAB BlazersEast Carolina Pirates
2-7November 16, 2013, 02:00 | Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium7-2

Bettors will be looking to hit pay dirt on Saturday when the Pirates host the Blazers at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium in Week 12 action.

The Pirates sport a record of 7-2 and 4-5 ATS heading into this matchup, while the Blazers sit at 2-7 and 3-6 ATS on the season. The over under records are 5-4 for the Pirates and 7-2 for the Blazers.

View UAB Blazers vs East Carolina Pirates Odds and Stats.

Fans backing the Pirates here saw them open at 5Dimes as -25-point favorites 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 power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Pirates rated this week at No. 13 and the Blazers sitting at No. 117. It may or may not play a role in OddsShark score prediction models that turned out a 45-17 result in favor of the Pirates this week.

UAB was a 56-14 loser in their most recent outing on the road against Marshall. They failed to cover the 24.5-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (70) made winners of OVER bettors. Jordan Howard tore up the turf for 123 rushing yards in the latest Blazers game, a 56-14 loss to the Thundering Herd at Joan C. Edwards Stadium. In their last game, East Carolina's aerial attack generated 384 yards and the Pirates came away with a 58-24 victory over Tulsa at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits East Carolina's No. 16-ranked offense, averaging 39.11 PPG, against a Blazers defense that ranks No. 118 this week at 40.33 PPG. The Pirates aerial game is averaging 340.56 yards per game, more than the Blazers secondary allows through the air, 273.56 YPG per game.

Defensively, the Blazers feature the league's No. 97-rated road run defense, allowing 209.83 yards per game. East Carolina, meanwhile, ranks No. 116 in rushing offense at home.

A few Blazers at Pirates trends to consider:
UAB is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games
UAB is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 8 of UAB's last 10 games
UAB is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
East Carolina is 4-8 ATS in its last 12 games
East Carolina is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of East Carolina's last 6 games
East Carolina is 8-4 ATS in its last 12 games at home

Next up:
UAB at Rice, Saturday, November 23rd
East Carolina at North Carolina State, Saturday, November 23rd