BYU Cougars vs. East Carolina Pirates, College Football Sports Betting, Week 8 Las Vegas Odds, Picks and Predictions

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Brigham Young at East Carolina, NCAA College Football Betting
When: 7:00 PM ET, Saturday, October 21, 2017
Where: Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium, Greenville, North Carolina
TV: 7 p.m. ET, CBS Sports Network. LINE: BYU -5.5
Team/ Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Spread Money Line Total
BYU Cougars -5½ -110 -220 Ov 57 -120
East Carolina Pirates +5½ -110 +190 Un 57 +100
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The fans at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium will be treated to a game between the BYU Cougars and the East Carolina Pirates when they take their seats on Saturday.

ABOUT BYU (1-6): Mangum will look to make Saturday’s encounter in Greenville a get-right game; the junior signal-caller has yet to exceed 200 passing yards in a game so far in 2017, and has thrown seven interceptions over his previous four games. The running game averages 3.3 yards per carry, but BYU’s two primary running backs – Ula Tolutau and Squally Canada – average 4.3 YPC between them while accounting for all three of the Cougars’ rushing scores to date. The BYU defense has had trouble limiting opponent drive extensions, allowing foes to convert 44.2 percent of their third-down opportunities – good for 109th in the nation.

ABOUT EAST CAROLINA (1-6): The Pirates are not only the only NCAA team surrendering 50 points per contest – they’re also allowing a Division I-worst 600 total yards per game. Quarterback Thomas Sirk has asserted himself well amid East Carolina’s defensive struggles, throwing for 250 or more yards in three straight games before settling for just 91 yards in last week’s loss to the Knights. The Pirates’ running game has been abysmal, averaging just 3.2 yards per attempt; the team has been outgained by nearly 1,200 yards on the ground through the first seven games.

bovada-logo-top-book currently has the Cougars as 5½-point favorites versus the Pirates, while the game’s total is sitting at 57 according to Mybookie.agblacklogo-132x42

BYU’s offense is sick – and a trip to East Carolina could prove to be the cure. The Cougars carry a six-game losing skid into Saturday’s date with the Pirates, an intriguing meeting between one of the country’s worst offenses and Division I’s most porous defense.

BYU has manufactured just 60 points during the skid, and couldn’t do much of anything en route to a 35-10 drubbing at the hands of Mississippi State last weekend. The Cougars recorded a paltry 176 total yards and eight first downs, prompting a familiar refrain from starting quarterback Tanner Mangum: “We sustained some drives, but just couldn’t finish. That’s on us. We have to be able to convert on third and fourth down.” But like manna from above, BYU has been gifted a date with a Pirates team that is surrendering a whopping 50 points per game, more than five points clear of any other team in Division I. East Carolina was humbled 63-21 by Central Florida last time out, marking the third time the Pirates have surrendered more than 60 points in a game this season.

East Carolina was a 63-21 loser in their most recent outing on the road against Knights. They failed to cover the +35-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (84) made winners of OVER bettors.

BYU lost its last outing, a 35-10 result against Bulldogs on October 14. BYU failed to cover in that game as a +23.5-point underdog, while the 45 combined points took the game UNDER the total.

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Team record: 1-6 SU,0-7 ATS
Current Streak: lost 6 straight games.
Brigham Young is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games
Brigham Young is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 12 of Brigham Young’s last 15 games

East Carolina:
Team record: 1-6 SU,1-6 ATS
Current Streak: lost 3 straight games.
East Carolina is 1-10 ATS in its last 11 games
East Carolina is 1-10 SU in its last 11 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of East Carolina’s last 6 games

Next up:
BYU home to San Jose State Saturday, October 28
East Carolina at Houston Saturday, October 28


1. BYU ranks outside the top 100 nationally in third-down conversion rate (33.0 percent).

2. East Carolina has surrendered 37 red-zone scores in 42 opponent chances; both figures lead Division I.

3. Pirates WR Davon Grayson leads the AAC in receiving yards (631) and ranks fourth in receiving touchdowns (four).

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:

BYU Cougars will cover the spread at -5½ and the game will stay under 57 points, according to scamdicappers
PREDICTION: BYU 27, East Carolina 21 at bovada-logo-top-book.

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