East Carolina vs. NC State fearless prediction and game preview.
Date: Saturday, December 1
Game Time: 12:00 ET
Venue: Carter-Finley Stadium, Raleigh, NC
Network: ACC Network
East Carolina (3-8) vs. NC State (8-3) Game Preview
What’s Going To Happen
Oh why not … it’s more college football for the players and a little bit more fun.
Both programs had games cancelled earlier in the season because of Hurricane Florence, so they’re getting together to round out the schedule and finish things off.
East Carolina fired head coach Scottie Montgomery, and it’ll be defensive coordinator David Blackwell who takes over looking to keep the Pirates from being annihilated.
They beat UConn a few weeks ago, but who hasn’t? Outside of that, ECU has had a rough run, losing six games in seven dates. There’s not enough of a steady passing game, the flow of turnovers won’t stop, and there are almost no key defensive stops.
NC State is among the most efficient and effective teams when it comes to converting third downs, and it doesn’t turn the ball over.
So now it’s all about focus. If QB Ryan Finley and the Wolfpack show up with the idea of closing out with a bang – with the goal of a ten-win season still there – this won’t be a problem.
State should be a +3 in turnover margin – East Carolina has given the ball away four times or more in three of the last six games – and the passing game should go off.
The Pirate secondary will give up over 350 yards and at least three touchdown passes, and ECU freshman QB Holton Ahlers won’t be able to keep up the pace.
Fearless Prediction & Line
NC State 44, East Carolina 17
Line: NC State -23, o/u: 60.5
ATS Confidence out of 5: 3
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