This East Carolina vs Tulsa pick has the Golden Hurricane are favored by 17 points. The Pirates come to this game with an overall record of 1-3 and an ACC mark of 1-2. Their one victory occurred two weeks ago when they easily beat USF 44-24. Last week, East Carolina met Navy. They lost to the Midshipmen 27-23. East Carolina is presently ninth in the conference.
The Tulsa Golden Hurricane are third in the AAC with a 2-0 league record. Their overall mark is 2-1. The team’s one loss occurred on September 19 when #11 Oklahoma State beat them 16-7. The following week, Tulsa took down #11 UCF 34-26, and last week, they beat USF 42-13.
The game will be played at Chapman Stadium in Tulsa, Oklahoma on Friday, October 30, 2020. Kickoff is at 9:00 pm ET.
East Carolina vs Tulsa Pick – Stats
East Carolina can score. They’re averaging 31.0 PPG. However, that offensive output is counterbalanced by a defense that is allowing 37.8 PPG. Of the Pirates 387.3 YPG of offense, 193.0, about half, is earned on the ground. East Carolina struggles on defense, allowing a total of 458.3 YPG. They are allowing a hefty 212.8 YPG to the rush.
Tulsa comes to this game with a solid D, which is allowing just 18.3 PPG. On D, the Golden Hurricane have been stingy, giving up just 348.0 YPG. They’ve accumulated sound stats that includes eight sacks, three picks, and 12 PD. They’re forced five fumbles and recovered four. `Their offensive yardage totals 392.3 YPG with 168.0 of it coming through rushing.
Pirates vs Golden Hurricane Spread Pick – Key Players
This East Carolina vs Tulsa pick observes that Pirate QB Holton Ahlers has had some issues as he’s tossed four interceptions, been sacked seven times, and completed just 57.1% of his passes. Wide out C.J. Johnson comes into the game with seven receptions and three touchdowns. In the ground game, RB Rahjai Harris leads the club with 330 total rushing yards, 5.8 YPA, and three scores. He could be a big threat for this team. On defense, LB Xavier Smith is a dominator. Smith has accumulated 23 solo tackles, 20 assists, two PD, one forced and recovered fumble, and a pick.
Tulsa QB Zach Smith has posted some sound numbers, including a 63% completion rate, five TD passes and just three INTs and three sacks. Three receivers have combined for four scores, over 500 yards, and an average of 12 catches each while three running backs come to this game with a total of five TDs, over 450 yards of ground gain, and an average of 31 carries each. On defense, LB Zaven Collins, who has recorded 22 tackles, three sacks, two PD, and two INTs, can do it all. Collins also has a forced fumble and a TD.
East Carolina vs Tulsa Pick – Final Word
Our East Carolina vs Tulsa pick notes that the 17-point spread is fairly hefty. We believe that the Golden Hurricane will win. But we also find that the Pirates have the potential to put some numbers up on the scoreboard. Plus, although their defensive stats are thin, they do have some very solid players on that side of the ball. With all of that in mind, we’re going with East Carolina at +17.0 (-108). See our totals pick for tonight’s NCAAF contest featuring Minnesota and Maryland.
East Carolina Pirates vs Tulsa Golden Hurricane Summary
East Carolina Pirates at +17.0 (-115)