Through 1 Quarter
The Appalachian State Mountaineers are flexing their muscles against the East Carolina Pirates, showing why they were favored to win all along. The Mountaineers have jumped out to a quick 14-6 lead against East Carolina.
Appalachian State has been led by RB Camerun Peoples, who so far has rushed for one TD and 43 yards on four carries. East Carolina has been riding high on the performance of RB Keaton Mitchell, who has caught one pass for one TD and 63 yards. One of the most thrilling moments was Mitchell’s 63-yard TD reception in the first quarter.
East Carolina @ Appalachian State
Last Season Records: Appalachian State 9-3; East Carolina 3-6
What to Know
The Appalachian State Mountaineers and the East Carolina Pirates are opening their 2021 seasons against one another at 7:30 p.m. ET Thursday on a neutral field at Bank of America Stadium. After a 9-3 record last year and a win in the Myrtle Beach Bowl, Appalachian State is coming in with an eye to spark another quality season. On the other hand, East Carolina struggled last season, ending up 3-6.
A couple last-season defensive stats to keep in the back of your head while watching: The Mountaineers were ninth best in the nation in passing yards allowed per game, finishing the 2020 season giving up only 177.9 on average. Less enviably, East Carolina ranked 14th worst in the nation with respect to rushing touchdowns allowed last year, where the squad gave up 23 (bottom 90%). The good news for East Carolina, of course, is that these forces working against them might not carry over into the new season.
Appalachian State is the favorite in this one, with an expected 9-point margin of victory. A win is hardly a sure thing, especially this early in the season, so expect a good game.
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 9-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.