James Madison Dukes vs. East Carolina Pirates, College Football Betting, Week 1 Las Vegas Odds, Picks and Predictions

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JAMES MADISON DUKES EAST CAROLINA PIRATES
0-0, 2nd in Colonial Athletic Association September 2, 6:00 PM | Grass of Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium 0-0, 1st in American East
James Madison at East Carolina, College Football Sports Betting
When: 6:00 PM ET, Saturday, September 2, 2017
Where: Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium, Greenville, North Carolina
TV: 6 p.m. ET, ESPN3.com. LINE: None
Team/ Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Spread Money Line Total
James Madison Dukes -1 -115  TBA Ov 68 -110
East Carolina Pirates +1 -105  TBA Un 68 -110
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Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium has a Week 1 contest on tap for Saturday as the James Madison Dukes and the East Carolina Pirates play their season openers.

ABOUT JAMES MADISON (2016: 14-1): Paced by a dominant defense, the Dukes won their final 12 games last season capped by a 28-14 victory over Youngstown State for their second FCS title. James Madison, whose lone loss of the season was at N.C. State 56-28, will have to replace running back Khalid Abdullah who ended his career atop the school record books in career touchdowns, single-season touchdowns and single-season rushing yards. The Dukes finished as the FCS leader in scoring margin at plus-25.5 points per game, second in points per game (46.7) and 16th in points allowed (21.2).

ABOUT EAST CAROLINA (3-9): Sirk, a dual threat, appeared to have the nod at quarterback after an impressive career at Duke which included a 2015 season that saw him amass 3,428 total yards of offense, the second-best in school history. An Achilles tendon injury, however, has slowed his progress and coach Scottie Montgomery went with Minshew, who is more familiar with the system. The Pirates also have to replace James Summers (now with the Arizona Cardinals), who ran the wildcat at quarterback and led the team in rushing with 869 yards and seven scores, in their bid to climb the AAC standings.

bovada-logo-top-book currently has the Dukes listed as 1-point favorites versus the Pirates, while the game’s total is sitting at 68 according to Mybookie.agblacklogo-132x42.

Junior Gardner Minshew will get the start under center for East Carolina, which looks to snap a four-game losing streak when it plays defending FCS national champion James Madison on Saturday night in the season opener for both teams. Minshew, who completed 119-of-202 passes for 1,347 yards and eight touchdowns last season, won a tight battle over Duke graduate transfer Thomas Sirk in the preseason.

East Carolina won its first two games last season, including an impressive 33-30 victory over in-state rival N.C. State in the second contest. Things, however, unraveled quickly thereafter for the Pirates and they went 1-7 in American Athletic Conference play. The Pirates also have to replace Zay Jones, a second-round draft pick of the Buffalo Bills, who finished second in the nation with 1,746 receiving yards and tied for the team lead with eight touchdowns. James Madison figures to pose a stern test as the Dukes were selected to win the Colonial Athletic Association title and are ranked No. 1 in the nation in several preseason FCS polls.

East Carolina lost its last outing, a 37-10 result against Owls on November 26. East Carolina failed to cover in that game as a +22.5-point underdog, while the 47 combined points took the game UNDER the total.

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East Carolina:
Team record: 3-9 SU,3-9 ATS
Current Streak: lost 4 straight games.

Next up:
East Carolina at West Virginia Saturday, September 9

NCAA FOOTBALL SPORTS BETTING TIPS

1. Junior Devin Anderson, who gained 258 yards on 57 carries last season, is the leading returning rusher for the Pirates.

2. ECU finished 11th out of 12 teams in the conference in scoring defense last season, allowing 36.1 points per game.

3. James Madison senior TE Jonathan Kloosterman, who scored seven touchdowns last season, will miss the game because of a violation of team rules.

Picks: ECU Pirates will cover the spread at +1 and the game will stay under 68 points, according to scamdicappers scamdicappers.com
PREDICTION: East Carolina 34, James Madison 20 at bovada-logo-top-book.

SMART CHART
TEAM
NaN PTS FOR NaN
NaN PTS AGNST NaN
NaN DIFF. NaN
NaN PASS YDS NaN
NaN RUSH YDS NaN
NaN PASS D NaN
NaN RUSH D NaN
NaN TO DIFF NaN
INJURIES
JAMES MADISON
PLAYER POS DESCRIPTION
No Injuries to report.
EAST CAROLINA
PLAYER POS DESCRIPTION
No Injuries to report
BETTING TRENDS
JAMES MADISON
James Madison is 2-12 SU in its last 14 games
James Madison is 2-13 SU in its last 15 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 5 of James Madison’s last 5 games on the road
EAST CAROLINA
East Carolina is 1-9 ATS in its last 10 games
East Carolina is 1-9 SU in its last 10 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of East Carolina’s last 7 games
East Carolina is 3-7 ATS in its last 10 games at home
East Carolina is 15-7 SU in its last 22 games at home
East Carolina is 3-6 SU in its last 9 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 5 of East Carolina’s last 6 games at home
SUPERGRID
RANK RANK
James Madison’s Overall Scoring vs East Carolina’s Overall Defense 0.0 0 0.0 0
James Madison’s Road Passing vs East Carolina’s Home Defense 0.0 0 0.0 0
James Madison’s Road Rushing vs East Carolina’s Home Defense 0.0 0 0.0 0
East Carolina’s Overall Scoring vs James Madison’s Overall Defense 0.0 0 0.0 0
East Carolina’s Home Passing vs James Madison’s Road Passing Defense 0.0 0 0.0 0
East Carolina’s Home Rushing vs James Madison’s Road Rushing Defense 0.0 0 0.0 0
POWER STATS
YARDS PER POINT
TEAM OFF DEF DIFF
JMSMAD 0.0 0.0 0.0
E.CAR 0.0 0.0 0.0
YARDS PER PASS
TEAM OFF DEF DIFF
JMSMAD 0.0 0.0 0.0
E.CAR 0.0 0.0 0.0
YARDS PER RUSH
TEAM OFF DEF DIFF
JMSMAD 0.0 0.0 0.0
E.CAR 0.0 0.0 0.0

 

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