2014 Record: 8-5
2015 Las Vegas Season Win Total: 7.0*
2015 Season Win Total Picks NCAA Football: 'Under'
Ruffin McNeill's Pirates got off to a blistering start to 2014, winning six of their first seven games and scoring back-to-back upsets of Virginia Tech - in Blacksburg! - and North Carolina. They posted a respectable 5-3 showing in their first season in the American Athletic (stepping up from Conference USA), and they played Florida tough in a bowl loss last December.
However, ECU stumbled down the stretch and lost four of its final six games to close last year, and they came back to earth after that overachieving start. Now East Carolina has to try to do it all over again; and do it without record-setting quarterback Shane Carden and dynamic receivers Justin Hardy and Cam Worthy.
ECU has just 12 starters back from last year's team. But they are solid in the trenches with four offensive line starters back from the No. 5 total offense in the country and four of their front seven starters back from last year's No. 11 rush defense. The question will be how the skill positions shake out on offense and how the secondary holds up defensively.
East Carolina has been a very consistent program over the last decade, failing to get over .500 just three times in that stretch. They have a very healthy pool of talent to draw on and a solid system in place. However, they overachieved last year. And the schedule is rugged this season. After an opening-week cupcake (Towson), the Pirates play four of their next five games on the road with trips to Florida, Navy and BYU. And the one home game is against revenge-minded Virginia Tech. They also have to travel to Central Florida, and ECU has tough home games against Temple and Cincinnati. There just aren't a lot of "gimmes" on this slate.
2015 East Carolina Pirates Schedule
DATE OPPONENT TIME (ET) Location Result
Sat, Sep 5th, 2015 Towson 06:00 PM Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium
Sat, Sep 12th, 2015 at Florida TBA Ben Hill Griffin Stadium at Fl
Sat, Sep 19th, 2015 at Navy 03:30 PM Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Sta
Sat, Sep 26th, 2015 Virginia_Tech TBA Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium
Sat, Oct 3rd, 2015 at SMU TBA Gerald J. Ford Stadium
Sat, Oct 10th, 2015 at BYU TBA LaVell Edwards Stadium
Sat, Oct 17th, 2015 Tulsa TBA Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium
Thu, Oct 22nd, 2015 Temple 07:00 PM Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium
Fri, Oct 30th, 2015 at Connecticut 07:00 PM Rentschler Field
Sat, Nov 7th, 2015 So_Florida TBA Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium
Thu, Nov 19th, 2015 at UCF 07:30 PM Bright House Networks Stadium
Sat, Nov 28th, 2015 Cincinnati TBA Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium
All Times EST
*Season Win Total Odds from 5Dimes Sportsbook.
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