East Carolina @ Appalachian State
Last Season Records: Appalachian State 9-3; East Carolina 3-6
What to Know
The East Carolina Pirates and the Appalachian State Mountaineers will face off at 7:30 p.m. ET Sept. 2 on a neutral field at Bank of America Stadium to kick off their 2021 seasons. Last year was nothing to brag about for East Carolina (3-6), so the team is looking forward to a new start. On the other hand, after a 9-3 record last season and a win in the Myrtle Beach Bowl, Appalachian State is coming in with an eye to spark another quality season.
A couple defensive numbers to keep in mind before kickoff: The Pirates ranked 14th worst in the nation with respect to rushing touchdowns allowed last year, where the squad gave up 23 (bottom 90%). Appalachian State’s defense has more to brag about, as they they were ninth best in the nation in passing yards allowed per game, finishing the 2020 season giving up only 177.9 on average.
The East Carolina sideline is surely aware that they’re the underdogs in this one. We’ll soon see whether they can make the experts look bad.
How To Watch
- When: Thursday at 7:30 p.m. ET
- Where: Bank of America Stadium — Charlotte, North Carolina
- TV: ESPN University
- Online streaming: fuboTV (Try for free. Regional restrictions may apply.)
- Follow: CBS Sports App
The Mountaineers are a big 10.5-point favorite against the Pirates, according to the latest college football odds.
This is the first time these teams have played each other within the last six years.