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    At 7:30 PM ET on Thursday, the East Carolina Pirates (1-4) are at home against the SMU Mustangs (3-2).

    The Mustangs are expected to win by at least a touchdown (currently -9.5) versus the Pirates. The over/under for this game is 50.5 points.

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    Game Info for SMU vs. East Carolina

    • Game Day: Thursday, October 12, 2023
    • Game Time: 7:30 PM ET
    • TV Channel: ESPN
    • Location: Greenville, North Carolina
    • Stadium: Bagwell Field at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium
    SMU vs East Carolina Betting Information
    Favorite Spread Favorite Spread Odds Underdog Spread Odds Total Over Total Odds Under Total Odds Favorite Moneyline Underdog Moneyline
    SMU -9.5 -110 -110 50.5 -110 -110 -367 +286

    SMU Pick Insights

    • SMU is 1-3-0 against the spread this season.
    • SMU is 1-1 against the spread when favored by 9.5 points or more this season.
    • SMU has not hit the over on a point total in four games with a set over/under.

    SMU Stats & Insights

    • SMU owns the 38th-ranked offense this year (433.8 yards per game), and has been even more effective defensively, ranking 23rd-best with only 315.6 yards allowed per game.
    • On offense, SMU ranks 36th in the FBS with 33.8 points per game. Meanwhile, the team’s defense ranks 27th in points allowed (315.6 points allowed per contest).
    • SMU ranks 49th in passing yards this year (256 per game), but has been shining on the other side of the ball, ranking 21st-best in the FBS with 181.6 passing yards allowed per game.
    • SMU is averaging 177.8 rushing yards per game on offense this season (45th in the FBS), and is allowing 134 rushing yards per game (62nd) on the other side of the ball.
    • Offensively, SMU ranks 66th in the FBS with a 40.8% third-down percentage. Meanwhile, the team’s defense ranks 43rd in third-down percentage allowed (134).
    • SMU owns the 22nd-worst turnover margin in college football at -4, forcing two turnovers (127th in the FBS) while turning it over six times (38th in the FBS).

    SMU’s Best Players

    • Preston Stone has thrown for 1,191 yards (238.2 ypg) to lead SMU, completing 58.8% of his passes and collecting 11 touchdown passes compared to five interceptions this season. He’s also contributed in the ground game with 68 rushing yards on 29 carries with one rushing touchdown.
    • Jaylan Knighton has 332 rushing yards on 51 carries with two touchdowns.
    • LJ Johnson Jr. has carried the ball 27 times for 153 yards (30.6 per game) and one touchdown.
    • Jordan Hudson’s team-high 178 yards as a receiver have come on 10 receptions (out of 14 targets) with two touchdowns.
    • Jake Bailey has put up a 175-yard season so far, reeling in 17 passes on 20 targets.
    • Roderick Daniels Jr.’s eight grabs have turned into 173 yards and two touchdowns.
    • Nelson Paul leads the team with three sacks, and also has four TFL and 11 tackles.
    • SMU’s leading tackler, Isaiah Nwokobia, has 24 tackles, two TFL, and one sack this year.
    • Cale Sanders has picked off a team-high one pass. He also has nine tackles and one pass defended to his name.

    East Carolina Betting Insights

    • East Carolina is 2-3-0 against the spread this year.
    • In games it has played as at least 9.5-point underdogs this season, East Carolina is 1-0 against the spread.
    • Two of East Carolina’s five games with a set total have hit the over (40%).

    East Carolina Pick Insights

    • East Carolina’s offense has been bottom-25 in total offense this season, registering 300.2 total yards per game, which ranks eighth-worst in the FBS. Defensively, it ranks 32nd with 328.6 total yards ceded per contest.
    • East Carolina’s offense has been bottom-25 this season, generating 21 points per game, which ranks 22nd-worst in the FBS. On the defensive side of the ball, it ranks 72nd with 25.6 points allowed per contest.
    • East Carolina’s passing offense has been bottom-25 this season, posting 169.2 passing yards per game, which ranks 16th-worst in the FBS. On defense, it ranks 45th with 210.4 passing yards allowed per contest.
    • In terms of rushing, East Carolina ranks 98th in the FBS on offense (131 rushing yards per game) and 44th on the other side of the ball (118.2 rushing yards allowed per game).
    • East Carolina ranks 105th in third-down conversion percentage (35.1%) on offense, but it has been less productive on the defensive side of the ball, ranking 24th-worst in the FBS with a 44.6% third-down percentage allowed.
    • After forcing nine turnovers (37th in the FBS) and turning the ball over eight times (65th in the FBS) this season, East Carolina has the 52nd-ranked turnover margin of +1.

    East Carolina’s Best Players

    • Alex Flinn has thrown for 611 yards (122.2 per game) while completing 49.1% of his passes and tossing one touchdown pass with five interceptions this season.
    • Rahjai Harris is his team’s leading rusher with 57 carries for 217 yards, or 43.4 per game. He’s found paydirt four times on the ground, as well.
    • Mason Garcia has racked up 177 yards (on 33 carries) with one touchdown.
    • Jaylen Johnson paces his squad with 206 receiving yards on 20 catches.
    • Jsi Hatfield has 14 receptions (on 27 targets) for a total of 202 yards (40.4 yards per game) this year.
    • Chase Sowell has racked up 148 reciving yards (29.6 ypg) this season.
    • Jeremy Lewis has one sack to pace the team, and also has four TFL and 12 tackles.
    • Julius Wood is the team’s leading tackler this year. He’s totaled 35 tackles and two TFL.
    • Antoine Jackson has picked off a team-high one pass. He also has 11 tackles and one pass defended to his name.
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