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East Carolina Pirates vs SMU Mustangs 11/09/2019 Picks, Predictions and Previews
Posted by: Hilbert Mayer
East Carolina Pirates vs SMU Mustangs 11/09/2019 – The SMU Mustangs are expected to bounce back after suffering their first loss of the year to Memphis. NCAAF picks and parlays feel that the Mustangs will be too much for the unpredictable East Carolina Pirates this coming weekend. The defense of SMU is something that needs work. Despite a superb offensive outing, it was their poor defense that did them in. East Carolina, on the other hand, nearly pulled off an upset over Cincinnati. Despite heavily favored, the Mustangs cannot take the Pirates for granted.
East Carolina Pirates vs SMU Mustangs 11/09/2019)
East Carolina Pirates
Their offense is decent, anchored on sophomore quarterback Holton Ahlers. Against the Bearcats, he completed 32 passes for 535 yards, four touchdowns, and an interception. Providing support were Demetrius Mauney and Blake Proehl. Mauney led the ground attack while Proehl did his share on the receiving end. A bright spot for the East Carolina Pirates is that they play better defense than the Mustangs. They are allowing opponents only 121.9 rushing yards per game and 279.7 in the air. It remains to be seen if these will be enough to stop the stampeding Mustangs.
Players to watch: H. Ahlers QB 171 CMP 302 ATT 2,207 YDS 56.6 CMP% 7.3 AVG 75 LNG 11 TD 8 INT; D. Mauney RB 109 ATT 390 YDS 3.6 AVG 27 LNG; T. Christian RB 61 ATT 265 YDS 4.3 AVG 21 LNG; C.J. Johnson WR 44 REC 682 YDS 15.5 AVG 75 LNG; B. Proehl WR 36 REC 481 YDS 13.4 AVG 72 LNG
Despite being the heavy favorite, expect the Mustangs to play hard against the Pirates. Brought back to reality after their first loss of the year, SMU is expected to seek redemption. Leading the way for the Mustangs is QB Shane Buechele who completed 34-of-54 passes for 456 yards and three touchdowns last game. Also expected to spearhead the SMU running games are Xavier Jones and Ke’Mon Freeman. When combined both teams seem pretty even on offense. However, the difference may lie in running back effectiveness. The backfield accounts for 4.3 yards per carry with their defense allowing opponents only 3.5 yards per carry.
Players to watch: S. Buechele QB 216 CMP 342 ATT 2,781 YDS 63.2 CMP% 8.1 AVG 75 LNG 23 TD 7 INT; X. Jones RB 176 ATT 906 YDS 5.1 AVG 62 LNG; K. Freeman RB 87 ATT 375 YDS 4.3 AVG 68 LNG; J. Proche WR 74 REC 841 YDS 11.4 AVG 52 LNG; R. Roberson Jr. WR 43 REC 803 YDS 18.7 AVG 75 LNG
East Carolina Pirates vs SMU Mustangs Betting Numbers
East Carolina Pirates
Pirates are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games.
Southern Methodist is 6-2-1 ATS in their last 9 games.
East Carolina Pirates vs SMU Mustangs Betting Picks
Football betting lines pick the SMU Mustangs to win over the East Carolina Pirates this Saturday. The Mustangs are predicted to come out on top with a score of 45.4-18.8, covering the spread and total going under.