Saturday, October 29, 2016
Dowdy Ficklen Stadium
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The Connecticut Huskies take on the East Carolina Pirates on Saturday, October 29, 2016 at Dowdy Ficklen Stadium. The opening line for this game has East Carolina as 7.5 point favorites. This season the Huskies are 2-5-1 against the spread and their over/under record is 4-4-0. The Pirates have an over/under record of 4-3-0 and they are 2-5-0 against the spread.
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Bryant Shirreffs finished with 242 yards through the air for Connecticut last week. He completed 18 passes out of 34 attempts for a 53% completion percentage. The Huskies were led in rushing by Arkeel Newsome, who finished with 101 yards on 21 rushes. He ended the contest with an average of 5 yards per carry. Noel Thomas was the team leader in receiving with a total of 165 yards and 9 receptions. He finished the game with an average of 18 yards per reception. As a team in that game Connecticut got a total of 24 first downs. Of those first downs, 13 came on the ground while 11 came through the air. They ran 80 total plays for 413 yards for the game. The Huskies ran for 171 yards on 45 attempts.
Philip Nelson finished with 283 yards passing for East Carolina last week. He went 28 for 43, resulting in a 65% completion percentage. The Pirates were led on the ground by James Summers, who finished with 95 yards on 21 carries. He ended the game with an average of 5 yards per rush. Jimmy Williams led the team in receiving with 129 yards and 7 catches. He finished the game with an average of 18 yards per reception. East Carolina had 28 first downs total. 13 came from running the ball and 13 came from a pass. They ran 87 total plays for 504 yards for the contest. The Pirates ran for 221 yards on 44 carries as a team.
Connecticut scores 20.3 points per game on offense this season, which ranks 122nd in Division 1. In the passing department, they average 19.4 passes on 32.9 attempts for a 58.9 percent completion percentage this season. They throw for a total of 238.3 yards per game through the air as well, which ranks them 57th in college football. The Huskies run for an average of 131.3 yards per game on 39.8 attempts for an average of 3.3 yards per carry. That ranks them 112th in the nation. They also run 72.6 plays per contest and average 5.1 yards per play for an average of 369.5 yards per game, ranking their offense 102nd overall this season. The Huskies average 20.3 first downs per game which ranks them 88th in the country. They accumulate 29.1 penalty yards per game via 3.5 penalties, which ranks 127th in the nation.
Connecticut allows 289.8 passing yards per game, ranking 117th in D-1, and they allow 25.9 points per contest on defense, which ranks 53rd. They give up 24.4 completions on 38.9 attempts per game for a completion percentage of 62.7. The Huskies allow 124 rushing yards per game on 31.8 carries for an average of 3.9 yards per carry, which ranks their rush defense 26th in the country. Connecticut allows 413.8 total yards per game including 5.9 yards per play, which ranks their overall defense 71st in terms of yards per game. They force 0.9 turnovers per contest and get flagged for 4.5 penalties for 41.1 yards per game, ranking them 12th among D-1 teams.
East Carolina averages 26.7 points per game this season on offense, which ranks them 79th in the country. In the passing department, they complete 31.7 passes per game on 48.1 attempts for a 65.9 percent completion percentage. They throw for 364.4 yards through the air per game, ranking them 5th in Division 1. The Pirates run for an average of 149.3 yards per game on 35.7 attempts for an average of 4.2 yards per carry this season, which ranks them 93rd on the ground. They also run 83.9 plays per game and average 6.1 yards per play for a total of 513.7 yards per game, ranking them 9th in the country on offense. The Pirates get an average of 26.1 first downs per game, which ranks 9th in the nation. They average 35.3 penalty yards per game via 4 penalties, ranking them 121st in college football.
East Carolina allows an average of 242.6 passing yards per game, which ranks 84th in Division 1. Their defense overall allows 32.4 points per contest, which has them ranked 97th in the nation. They give up 17.1 completions on 29.7 attempts for a completion percentage of 57.7 per game. The Pirates allow 190.7 rushing yards per contest on 37.1 carries for a 5.1 average per rush, ranking their overall rush defense 85th in the country. East Carolina allows 433.3 total yards per game for an average of 6.5 yards per play, which ranks 93rd in D-1. They force 0.7 turnovers per contest and 7.4 penalties for 64.7 yards in each contest, ranking 103rd in the nation.
Connecticut Betting Trends
Connecticut is 4-4-0 against the over/under this season
Connecticut has an ATS record of 2-5-1 this season
East Carolina Betting Trends
East Carolina is 4-3-0 against the over/under this season
East Carolina has an ATS record of 2-5-0 this season
Injuries to Watch
10/24/16 QB Bryant Shirreffs Wrist injured last game, probable Saturday vs. East Carolina
10/23/16 WR Hergy Mayala Lower Body "?" Saturday vs. East Carolina
10/20/16 DL Felton Blackwell Suspension out indefinitely
10/20/16 LB Nazir Williams Suspension out indefinitely
10/19/16 OL Tommy Hopkins Knee out for season
09/27/16 C Daniel Oak Undisclosed out for season
08/28/16 LB Connor Freeborn Leg out for season
10/24/16 OL Justin Sandifer Undisclosed is upgraded to probable Saturday vs. Connecticut
10/23/16 OL D'ante Smith Undisclosed "?" Saturday vs. Connecticut
10/23/16 OL Kyle Erickson Undisclosed "?" Saturday vs. Connecticut
10/06/16 DB Nhyre Quinerly Legal problems has been dismissed
09/27/16 OL Jared Huneycutt Undisclosed out indefinitely
09/27/16 LB Joe Allely Undisclosed out indefinitely
09/20/16 WR Davon Grayson Undisclosed out indefinitely
09/08/16 WR Trevon Brown Academics out for season
08/27/16 DL Darious Commissiong Legal problems out for season
Tony's Pick: Take Connecticut
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