Saturday, September 24, 2016
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The East Carolina Pirates take on the Virginia Tech Hokies on Saturday, September 24, 2016 at Lane Stadium. The opening line for this game has Virginia Tech as 9.5 point favorites. This season the Pirates are 2-1-0 against the spread and their over/under record is 2-1-0. The Hokies have an over/under record of 2-1-0 and they are 1-2-0 against the spread.
Philip Nelson finished with 400 yards through the air for East Carolina last week. He completed 44 passes out of 58 attempts for a 76% completion percentage. The Pirates were led in rushing by James Summers, who finished with 71 yards on 11 rushes. He ended the contest with an average of 6 yards per carry. Isaiah Jones was the team leader in receiving with a total of 190 yards and 22 receptions. He finished the game with an average of 9 yards per reception. As a team in that game East Carolina got a total of 34 first downs. Of those first downs, 6 came on the ground while 24 came through the air. They ran 91 total plays for 519 yards for the game. The Pirates ran for 119 yards on 33 attempts.
Jerod Evans finished with 253 yards passing for Virginia Tech last week. He went 16 for 23, resulting in a 70% completion percentage. The Hokies were led on the ground by Marshawn Williams, who finished with 81 yards on 15 carries. He ended the game with an average of 5 yards per rush. Isaiah Ford led the team in receiving with 91 yards and 4 catches. He finished the game with an average of 23 yards per reception. Virginia Tech had 25 first downs total. 12 came from running the ball and 10 came from a pass. They ran 77 total plays for 476 yards for the contest. The Hokies ran for 223 yards on 50 carries as a team.
East Carolina scores 33.3 points per game on offense this season, which ranks 61st in Division 1. In the passing department, they average 35.3 passes on 44.7 attempts for a 79.1 percent completion percentage this season. They throw for a total of 370 yards per game through the air as well, which ranks them 7th in college football. The Pirates run for an average of 180.7 yards per game on 34.7 attempts for an average of 5.2 yards per carry. That ranks them 62nd in the nation. They also run 79.3 plays per contest and average 6.9 yards per play for an average of 550.7 yards per game, ranking their offense 9th overall this season. The Pirates average 28.7 first downs per game which ranks them 7th in the country. They accumulate 45.3 penalty yards per game via 5 penalties, which ranks 97th in the nation.
East Carolina allows 216.3 passing yards per game, ranking 61st in D-1, and they allow 19 points per contest on defense, which ranks 37th. They give up 16.7 completions on 29 attempts per game for a completion percentage of 57.5. The Pirates allow 160 rushing yards per game on 31.3 carries for an average of 5.1 yards per carry, which ranks their rush defense 81st in the country. East Carolina allows 376.3 total yards per game including 6.2 yards per play, which ranks their overall defense 67th in terms of yards per game. They force 0.7 turnovers per contest and get flagged for 6.7 penalties for 50 yards per game, ranking them 39th among D-1 teams.
Virginia Tech averages 36.3 points per game this season on offense, which ranks them 45th in the country. In the passing department, they complete 20.3 passes per game on 32 attempts for a 63.5 percent completion percentage. They throw for 239.7 yards through the air per game, ranking them 59th in Division 1. The Hokies run for an average of 206 yards per game on 47 attempts for an average of 4.4 yards per carry this season, which ranks them 48th on the ground. They also run 79 plays per game and average 5.6 yards per play for a total of 445.7 yards per game, ranking them 49th in the country on offense. The Hokies get an average of 24.3 first downs per game, which ranks 36th in the nation. They average 63 penalty yards per game via 6.3 penalties, ranking them 52nd in college football.
Virginia Tech allows an average of 80.3 passing yards yards per game, which ranks 1st in Division 1. Their defense overall allows 19.3 points per contest, which has them ranked 40th in the nation. They give up 9.3 completions on 25 attempts for a completion percentage of 37.3 per game. The Hokies allow 124.3 rushing yards per contest on 36.3 carries for a 3.4 average per rush, ranking their overall rush defense 48th in the country. Virginia Tech allows 204.7 total yards per game for an average of 3.3 yards per play, which ranks 2nd in D-1. They force 2.3 turnovers per contest and 10.3 penalties for 76 yards in each contest, ranking 111th in the nation.
East Carolina Betting Trends
East Carolina is 2-1-0 against the over/under this season
East Carolina has an ATS record of 2-1-0 this season
Virginia Tech Betting Trends
Virginia Tech is 2-1-0 against the over/under this season
Virginia Tech has an ATS record of 1-2-0 this season
Injuries to Watch
09/18/16 WR Davon Grayson Undisclosed "?" Saturday vs. Virginia Tech
09/18/16 OL Jared Huneycutt Undisclosed "?" Saturday vs. Virginia Tech
09/08/16 WR Trevon Brown Academics out for season
08/27/16 DL Darious Commissiong Legal problems out for season
09/18/16 DE Jimmie Taylor Lower Body "?" Saturday vs. East Carolina
09/18/16 OL Parker Osterloh Lower Body "?" Saturday vs. East Carolina
09/17/16 RB Deshawn McClease Lower Body out for season
09/12/16 LB Trent Young Knee out for season
Josh's Pick: Take Virginia Tech
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