East Carolina vs NC State NCAA Football Picks 8/31/2019
Saturday, August 31, 2019
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The East Carolina Pirates head to Carter-Finley Stadium to play the NC State Wolfpack on Saturday, August 31, 2019. The opening line for this matchup has NC State as 20.5 point favorites. The Pirates were 4-8-0 against the spread last season and their over/under record was 7-5-0. The Wolfpack were 6-7-0 against the spread and their over/under mark was 7-6-0.
Valuable East Carolina Pirates Betting Trends
The East Carolina Pirates were 7-5-0 against the over/under last season
The East Carolina Pirates were 4-8-0 against the spread last year
Important NC State Wolfpack Betting Trends
The NC State Wolfpack were 7-6-0 against the over/under last season
The NC State Wolfpack were 6-7-0 against the spread last year
Key East Carolina Pirates Injuries
No key injuries to report
Key NC State Wolfpack Injuries
08/23/19 RB Ricky Person Jr. Ankle is probable Saturday vs East Carolina
Useful Offensive Statistics
The East Carolina Pirates were 111th in the country in points scored with 274 last season. They ran 995 plays last year for 4,973 yards, which ranked them 30th in Division 1 in total offense. The Pirates averaged 5 yards per play, which was 115th in the nation. As a team they accumulated a total of 274 1st downs last season, ranking them 64th overall as an offensive unit. On the ground East Carolina ran for 1,556 yards, which ranked 116th in college football. They ran 427 times, averaging 3.6 yards per rush as a unit. The Pirates were penalized on offense 58 times for 547 yards last year, which had them 116th in the country in penalties.
East Carolina was 114th in the country in points surrendered on defense with 448 last year. They gave up a total of 5,278 yards on D, which was 83rd in D-1. The Pirates were 100th in yards per play allowed with 6.1. Opponent offenses completed 238 throws on 384 attempts against the East Carolina Pirates defense last season, ranking them 72nd and 53rd in the nation. The East Carolina pass defense also surrendered a total of 3,241 yards in the air, which was 105th overall in total pass defense. Their rushing defense gave up 475 attempts for 2,038 yards last season, putting them in 62nd place in the country against the run. The Pirates had 95 penalties for 862 yards on defense last year. That placed them 118th in college football.
Special Teams Stats
East Carolina was 95th in the country in punt returns with 14 last season. They totaled 104 punt return yards and averaged 7.4 yards per return, which was 83rd in D-1. They returned 41 kicks for 714 yards on special teams, which put them 40th in kick return yardage. The Pirates averaged 17 yards per kick return and they were 73rd in the nation in all-purpose yards with 5,791. The East Carolina Pirates tried 22 field goals last year and made 19, which was 18th in college football. Their kickers had a field goal percentage of 91%. East Carolina Pirates kickers made 97% of their extra points, going 28 for 29 last season. Their punters accumulated 3,322 yards on 84 punts, averaging 40 yards per punt. That ranked them 101st in the NCAA in punting average.
Useful Offensive Statistics
The Wolfpack ran for 1,860 yards as a team last year, which ranked 96th in college football. They ran 484 times, averaging 3.8 yards per carry as a rushing unit. The NC State Wolfpack were penalized on offense 60 times for 581 yards last season, which had them 111th in the country in penalties. They were 31st in the nation in points scored with 439. They ran 980 plays last season for 5,931 yards, which ranked them 9th in Division 1 in total offense. NC State averaged 6.1 yards per play, which was 41st in college football. As a team they accumulated a total of 315 1st downs last year, placing them 20th overall as an offensive unit.
The NC State Wolfpack rush defense allowed 406 attempts for 1,710 yards last year, putting them in 26th place in D-1 against the run. NC State committed 88 penalties for 698 yards on the defensive side of the ball last season. That ranked them 67th in college football. They were 49th in the nation in points allowed on defense with 324. They surrendered a total of 5,104 yards on D, which was 76th in the country. The Wolfpack were ranked 82nd in yards per play allowed with 5.9. Opposing offenses completed 267 passes on 454 attempts against the NC State defense last season, placing them 112th and 111th in Division 1. The NC State Wolfpack pass defense also gave up a total of 3,394 yards through the air, which was 114th overall in total pass defense.
Special Teams Stats
The NC State Wolfpack attempted 26 field goals last season and made 23, which was 5th in D-1. Their kickers had a field goal percentage of 89%. Wolfpack kickers made 100% of their extra points, going 51 for 51 last year. Their punters totaled 2,076 yards on 49 punts, averaging 42 yards per punt. That placed them 48th in Division 1 in punting average. NC State was ranked 93rd in the nation in punt returns with 16 last year. They accumulated 140 punt return yards and averaged 9.3 yards per return, which was 60th in college football. They returned 20 kicks for 411 yards on special teams, ranking 108th in kick return yardage. The NC State Wolfpack averaged 21 yards per kick return and they were 38th in the country in all-purpose yards with 6,482.
Who will win tonight's Pirates/Wolfpack college football game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Pirates +20.5
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