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Pirates vs Green Wave Game Preview

East Carolina PiratesTulane Green Wave
4-1October 12, 2013, 03:30 | Mercedes-Benz Superdome4-2

The NCAAF betting menu features a clash between Tulane and East Carolina on Saturday, with the host Green Wave trying to win both for fans supporting them and bettors backing them.

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

View East Carolina Pirates vs Tulane Green Wave Odds and Stats.

Several shops tracked by OddsShark (including Bovada) set the point spread at 9 in favor of the home side. NCAA football bettors had to wait for the opening over under value, which was not available at press time (check the live lines pages here for the latest totals updates).

The game pits the Green Wave, currently No. 81 in our OddsShark NCAAF Power Rankings, against the Pirates, who rate No. 39 in the latest survey. Meanwhile, math and handicapping models run on this game predict a 36-28 victory for the Pirates.

East Carolina was a 24-17 winner in their most recent outing on the road against Middle Tennessee. They failed to cover the 8-point spread as favorites, while the total score (41) made winners of UNDER bettors. Shane Carden's 365-yard performance through the air was enough last time out, as East Carolina earned a 24-17 win over Middle Tennessee on Saturday at Floyd Stadium. In their last game, the Green Wave were Week 6 winners, coming out on top of the Mean Green by a score of 24-21.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Tulane's No. 73-ranked offense, averaging 28.17 PPG, against a Pirates defense that ranks No. 42 this week at 22.8 PPG. The Green Wave aerial game is averaging 186.33 yards per game, less than the Pirates secondary allows through the air, 290.8 YPG per game.

Defensively, the Pirates feature the league's No. 34-rated road run defense, allowing 118.33 yards per game. Tulane, meanwhile, ranks No. 112 in rushing offense at home.

A few Pirates at Green Wave trends to consider:
East Carolina is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games
East Carolina is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
Tulane is 10-4 ATS in its last 14 games
Tulane is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
Tulane is 6-19 SU in its last 25 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Tulane's last 8 games

Next up:
East Carolina at Southern Miss, Saturday, October 19th
Tulane at Tulsa, Saturday, October 26th