East Carolina @ UCF
Current Records: East Carolina 3-2; UCF 2-2
What to Know
The UCF Knights are 5-1 against the East Carolina Pirates since November of 2015, and they’ll have a chance to extend that success Saturday. UCF and East Carolina will face off in an American Athletic battle at 6 p.m. ET at Bounce House. The Knights are expected to win again but are hoping to meet expectations this time.
UCF was within striking distance but couldn’t close the gap last week as they fell 34-30 to the Navy Midshipmen. UCF was up 30-17 at the end of the third quarter but couldn’t hold on to the lead. The losing side was boosted by WR Brandon Johnson, who caught four passes for two TDs and 79 yards.
Meanwhile, everything went East Carolina’s way against the Tulane Green Wave last week as they made off with a 52-29 victory. With the Pirates ahead 31-7 at the half, the matchup was all but over already.
This next game looks promising for the Knights, who are favored by a full 10 points. They may be expected to win, but bettors beware: they are 0-3 against the spread when favored.
UCF is now 2-2 while East Carolina sits at 3-2. Two defensive stats to keep an eye on: UCF is stumbling into the contest with the 192nd most touchdowns allowed in the nation, having given up 13 on the season. The Pirates have experienced some struggles of their own as they are 233rd worst in the nation in passing yards allowed per game, with 318.2 on average. It’s possible one of these Achilles’ heels will wind up tripping the losing team up.
How To Watch
- When: Saturday at 6 p.m. ET
- Where: Bounce House — Orlando, Florida
- TV: ESPN Plus
- Online streaming: fuboTV (Try for free. Regional restrictions may apply.)
- Follow: CBS Sports App
- Ticket Cost: $30.72
The Knights are a big 10-point favorite against the Pirates, according to the latest college football odds.
The oddsmakers were right in line with the betting community on this one, as the game opened as a 10-point spread, and stayed right there.
UCF have won five out of their last six games against East Carolina.
- Sep 26, 2020 – UCF 51 vs. East Carolina 28
- Oct 19, 2019 – UCF 41 vs. East Carolina 28
- Oct 20, 2018 – UCF 37 vs. East Carolina 10
- Oct 14, 2017 – UCF 63 vs. East Carolina 21
- Oct 01, 2016 – UCF 47 vs. East Carolina 29
- Nov 19, 2015 – East Carolina 44 vs. UCF 7