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East Carolina Pirates vs Houston Cougars 10/23/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

East Carolina Pirates vs Houston Cougars 10/23/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

 

The East Carolina Pirates (3-3) are on their way to meet the Houston Cougars (5-1) in week 8 of AAC college football action at TDECU Stadium in Houston on Saturday, October 23, 2021 at 4:00 PM ET.

 

East Carolina comes into this match-up to rebound from their last loss to UCF that broke their three-game losing streak this season. The Pirates are in 5th place in the AAC with a 1-1 conference and a 3-3 overall standing after winning 3 matches this year.

 

East Carolina bowed to the UCF Knights in their recent meeting at 16-20. The Pirates ruled the air offense with 219 passing yards but struggled on the ground offense with just 141 against the 165 rushing yards of the Knights for a total of 360 yards of offense.

 

East Carolina dug 21 first downs while finishing 71 total plays on 5.1 yards per play with 5 punts, 2 fumbles lost, and one pick.

 

QB Holton Ahlers controlled the offense through the air for 219 yards on 62.5% of his passing and scored one touchdown with one interception in the losing effort. RB Rahjai Harris led the rushing attack for 73 yards on 13 carries while WR Tyler Snead hauled down 6 passes for 82 receiving yards.

 

In leading the defensive line, Safety Juan Powell stopped the ball with 6 total tackles and one interception while Safety Shawn Dourseau added 5 tackles and a sack in reinforcing the backfield.

 

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East Carolina Pirates vs Houston Cougars Predictions 10/23/2021

 

The Houston Cougars started the season with a 21-38 loss to Texas Tech but they managed to bounce back and won the next five matches to improve their record at 5-1 this season. Houston took the lead in the American Athletic Conference with a 3-0 conference and 5-1 overall standing on the year. The Cougars just came back from a week-long rest after they shut down the Tulane Green Wave at 40-22 in their recent match on October 7.

 

The Houston Cougars dominated both air and ground offense with 288 passing and 147 rushing yards for a total of 435 offensive yards while allowing just 308 to the Green Wave. Houston completed 72 total plays on 6.0 yards per play and nailed 18 first downs with 5 punts but was just careless to commit 8 penalties for 69 yards.

 

QB Clayton Tune of the Cougars passed for 288 yards on 64% passing and scored three with no interception in the victory. On ground offense, RB Alton McCaskill rushed for 93 yards on 18 carries with one touchdown while WR Jeremy Singleton added two touchdown receptions for 62 yards on 3 grabs.

 

On defense, CB Damarion Williams augmented the backfield with 9 total tackles while DL Derek Parish added 7 tackles and a sack in reinforcing the defensive line.      

 

East Carolina Pirates vs. Houston Cougars. The NCAAF Pick for this outing is Houston -13. The Cougars are the stronger team in this match-up after they gained momentum in winning 5 consecutive matches. Houston is capable of controlling the offense through the air and on the ground with a strong backfield.

 

The Cougars will dominate the weak East Carolina team at home on Saturday. The prediction: The Houston Cougars will win at 38-24.

 

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East Carolina Pirates vs Houston Cougars 10/23/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

NCAAF Starting Time: 4:00 PM ET

 

Location: TDECU Stadium in Houston, Texas

 

Date: Saturday, October 23, 2021

 

TV: ESPNU

 

NCAAF Odds/Point Spread: Houston Cougars -13

 

NCAAF Totals: 58  

 

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