1. College Football News Preview 2020: East Carolina Pirates Win Total Prediction, What Will Happen
How quickly can the program get there?
There are two ways to look at the first season under head coach Mike Houston.
1) It was a year of transition and the offense started to look the part as the campaign went on. The Pirates pushed Cincinnati and SMU hard, and hung around on the road against UCF. Or …
2) Whatever. They were 4-8 with two of the wins over FCS teams, one against an Old Dominion team that finished with one win – it was over an FCS team – and one against a UConn team that beat an FCS team and UMass, whose only victory on the year was against Akron, who was the only winless FBS team.
Got all of that? Basically, East Carolina didn’t do jack squat in terms of actual results.
However, that offense did look spunky, and the coaching staff got a whole lot of young players some time to lead to a potentially huge few seasons after this one.
But now it’s time for the program that should be an American Athletic Conference powerhouse to start winning again.
The last winning season was in 2014, and the last season with more than four wins was 2015, so …
Set The East Carolina Pirates Regular Season Win Total At … 5
Unlike last season, there’s only one FCS team on the slate – Norfolk State – but the team is experienced enough to start winning some of those close shootouts.
It can beat Marshall at home. It can beat Georgia State on the road. It can beat Tulsa, Tulane, and USF. It won’t – at least, it won’t win all of them – but it can win a few.
Beat Norfolk State, win three of the five 50/50 games, pull off an upset over an SMU or a Navy, and ECU can get to five wins and make a huge step forward.
But don’t be shocked if this all starts to kick in and the Pirates go bowling.