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Pirates host Golden Eagles in Week 8 action

Southern Miss Golden EaglesEast Carolina Pirates
0-5October 19, 2013, 12:00 | Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium4-2

East Carolina will look to improve on its 4-2 record this week when they host Southern Miss in Week 8 action at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium on Saturday.

They battle the Golden Eagles, currently with a 0-5 mark (1-4 ATS). The over under records, important for totals bettors, are 3-3 for the Pirates and 2-3 for the Golden Eagles.

View Southern Miss Golden Eagles vs East Carolina Pirates Odds and Stats.

The visitors opened as 21-point underdogs 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.

It's a betting matchup between the No. 41-rated Pirates and the No. 117-ranked Golden Eagles, according to the NCAAF Power Rankings here at Odds Shark. Predictive-scoring models run on this game indicate a potential 34-2 result in favor of the Pirates.

Southern Miss was a 24-23 loser in its last match at home against Florida International. They failed to cover the 16.5-point spread as favorites, while the total score of 47 sent UNDER bettors to the payout window. In East Carolina's last outing, Shane Carden threw for 480 yards in a losing cause against the Green Wave, 36-33 at Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up East Carolina's No. 41-ranked offense (34.17 PPG) against a Golden Eagles defense that ranks No. 111 at 37.2 PPG. The Pirates passing attack has averaged 338 yards per game, more than the Golden Eagles give up through the air (178.8 YPG on average).

Defensively, the Golden Eagles feature the league's No. 111-rated road run defense, allowing 257.33 yards per game. East Carolina, meanwhile, ranks No. 123 in rushing offense at home.

A few Golden Eagles at Pirates trends to consider:
Southern Miss is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games
Southern Miss is 1-12 SU in its last 13 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Southern Miss's last 5 games
Southern Miss is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
East Carolina is 5-10 ATS in its last 15 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of East Carolina's last 7 games
East Carolina is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games at home
East Carolina is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home

Next up:
Southern Miss at North Texas, Saturday, October 26th
East Carolina at Florida International, Saturday, November 2nd