Authored by College Football Against The Spread Expert Analyst Charlie McDougall. Charliessports.com produces it for their 2015 Birmingham Bowl Football game on Saturday January 3, 2015 at 12:00 PM EST. On the ESPN Network.
The (8-4) East Carolina Pirates of the American Athletic Conference makes the trip from the Tar Heel State to the Heart of Dixie to take on the (6-5) Florida Gators of the SEC-West Division in 2015 NCAA Football action. The teams will play at Legion Field in Birmingham, Alabama. This Sports Handicapper thought East Carolina should have finished much higher in the AAC, but a last-second loss at to UCF broke their backs. Florida is coming into this game with a new coaching staff after parting ways with Will Muschamp. The betting line has East Carolina as a Seven-point underdog Against The Spread, the betting odds total is 56 for Saturday’s game.
The 2014-15 East Carolina Pirates were beaten by Central Florida 32-30 in their season finale at home. The Pirates and head coach Ruffin McNeil were 5-3 in Conference for the regular season. The Memphis Tiger, UCF Knights and Cincinnati Bearcats are on top in the AAC. East Carolina quarterback Shane Carden has over 4,300 yards passing with 28 touchdowns and eight interceptions. Carden, the Conference Offensive Player of The Year, will get a good look a the next level. The Pirates beat Virginia Tech on the road 28-21 and North Carolina at home 70-41 in consecutive weeks in September. East Carolina is 5-0 ATS their last five out of Conference. East Carolina is only 3-7 their last ten NCAA Football ATS Expert Predictions going over the betting odds total five times and staying under five. The key to a Pirates win is to move the football vertically down the field. Senior Wide Receiver Justin Hardy has 100 catches for over 1,300 yards this season. The ECU defense is suspect but can hold their own.
The 2014-15 Florida Gators did better this season than last year, the Gators were 4-8 in 2013-14. Florida made a quarterback change in the middle of the season replacing overrated Jeff Driskel with Freshman Treon Harris. Florida is 4-4 in SEC play and got a big win against Georgia in a game called “The Worlds Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party” in Jacksonville on November 1st. Florida. The betting odds over is 4-0 Florida last four after scoring less than 20 points in their previous game. The betting odds over is also 4-0 their last four on field turf. The Florida Gators are 4-1 Against The Point Spread their last five away from Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, going over the betting odds total three times and staying under twice. The key to a Florida win is to play smash mouth football and control the line of scrimmage. Florida has much more talent than their counterparts Saturday.
Free Pick: East Carolina+7′.