Point Spread: -5.50 | -106.00 East Carolina (Home)
The Pirates will host the Central Florida Knights on Thursday night, and East Carolina is 5-0 at home this season, with all five of those victories coming by a double digit margin. The Knights boast a solid 8-3 record, but they've split their four road games so far.
While the Knights have been very good defensively, the offense has really suffered without Blake Bortles, who was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars. Justin Holman has taken over at QB for the Knights, and he's really struggled on the road, tossing seven INTs in four starts.
Pirates QB Shane Carden has had no such issues at home, throwing for 14 TDs and just a pair of interceptions in five starts at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium. He threw for 338 yards and four TDs in a road win at Tulsa last week, and the Knights are going to have their hands full trying to stop this high octane offensive attack tonight led by the nation's #3 ranked quarterback (passing yards).
The home team has won and covered in five of the last six meetings between these two teams, and I think we get a fair price to back the Pirates at home tonight.