Bet East Carolina vs. Connecticut in NCAAF Week 9 Blowout

Jeff Grant

Monday, October 20, 2014 1:23 PM GMT

Looking for confident College Football picks? East Carolina has one of the more explosive offenses in the country, which makes it the clear ATS pick against Connecticut Thursday night.

Lack of Firepower
Connecticut is 0-5 SUATS when taking on FBS opponents this season, which can’t be overlooked in glancing over the College Football odds, especially since the team is averaging just 181.0 yards per game on the road.

The Huskies are minus-nine in turnover margin through six overall games, while they’ve dropped 21 of their 23 all-time meetings against ranked foes.

Since the start of the 2012 campaign, the team is 1-9 SU and 0-10 ATS in weeks 5 through 9, with the 'under' going 6-4 in that situation.

 

Re-energized
East Carolina has lacked the proper motivation to cover the number in its last two games, which is important to consider when making your Week 9 college football betting picks, but fifth-year head coach Ruffin McNeill likely used a bye week to clean things up on the practice field.

The Pirates are averaging 308.5 yards per game more on the offensive end than the Huskies—an impressive number given that they’ve played the likes of South Carolina, Virginia Tech and North Carolina.

Over the last two-plus seasons, the program is 13-2 SU and 10-4-1 ATS when playing at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium.

 

Capable Defense
Entering the games of Oct. 18, the Huskies defense ranked 20th in the country and second in the American Athletic Conference in total defense at 325.0 yards per game.

Connecticut’s stop unit simply hasn’t received any help on the other side of the football, as the offense has employed three different quarterbacks due to No. 1 starter Casey Cochran retiring from football due to sustaining multiple concussions.

 

Taking Care of Business
The Pirates have won their last 10 conference home games by an average of 23 points, with all of that success coming with senior Shane Carden under center, as he continues to be a dark horse candidate in the Heisman Trophy race.

East Carolina’s offense has a lot of firepower—indicated in the fact that 95 of Carden’s 166 completions have gone for 10-plus yards this season.

 

Prediction
I’m going to recommend that readers back the Pirates as one of their top mid-week College Football picks on the collegiate gridiron, as they’ve gone 8-3 ATS in their last 11 overall games.

Free College Football Pick: East Carolina Pirates -26.5 at Pinnacle Sports