East Carolina vs. James Madison Fearless Prediction & Game Preview

East Carolina vs. James Madison Fearless Prediction & Game Preview

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East Carolina vs. James Madison Fearless Prediction & Game Preview


East Carolina vs. James Madison Fearless Prediction & Game Preview

Check out the East Carolina vs. James Madison fearless prediction and game preview.

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Date: Saturday, September 2nd
Game Time: 6:00 pm ET
Venue: Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium, Greenville, NC
Network: ESPN3

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One Reason Why James Madison Will Win

James Madison is better than East Carolina.

The defending FCS national champion returns loaded, ranking No. 1 in the preseason rankings thanks to another amazing offense that should rip through the lower level.

QB Bryan Schor hit 73% of his throws last season for an O that averaged over 500 yards per game. Considering the East Carolina defense will start the season needing to prove it can come up with a meaningful stop, the Dukes should be able to bomb away.

The Pirates didn’t generate any sort of a pass rush last season with just eight sacks. Give Schor time to work, and … uh-oh.

One Reason Why East Carolina Will Win

Can Gardnew Minshew lead the ECU offense and keep up the pace with what JMU will do?

Duke transfer Thomas Sirk was supposed to be the main man, but Minshew pulled off a bit of a shocker by taking over the job. Offensive coordinator Tony Peterson knows how to create amazing passing games with a ton of production, and even without Zay Jones, ECU will still bomb away.

As good as JMU is, the defense will give up big yards against the better passers and the better offenses. Last year, North Carolina hung up 56 points in the win, and the D allowed over 214 passing yards per game.

What’s Going To Happen

Really? Can an also-ran Group of Five team beat the No. 1 team in the FCS? Yes, but it’s not going to happen.

It’s going to be a wild and crazy shootout with the quarterbacks looking great and a whole slew of receivers putting up big numbers. But JMU will have a tighter, more efficient attack and will win the turnover margin.

The Dukes will convert on two key ECU turnovers to pull off the big win for FCS pride.

East Carolina vs. James Madison Prediction

Final Score

James Madison 38, East Carolina 35

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