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, Appalachian State ended up 9-3 last year and capped things off with a win over the North Texas Mean Green in the Myrtle Beach Bowl, so they are on the hunt for another strong season.
A couple last-season defensive stats to keep an eye on: The Pirates ranked 14th worst in the nation with respect to rushing touchdowns allowed last season, 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
- Ticket Cost: $57.00
The Mountaineers are a big 10-point favorite against the Pirates, according to the latest college football odds.
Bettors have moved against the Mountaineers slightly, as the game opened with the Mountaineers as an 11.5-point favorite.
This is the first time these teams have played each other within the last six years.