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How and what to watch for East Carolina vs. Tulsa

Tulsa will look to continue its undefeated AAC record when it hosts East Carolina on Friday night.

Tulsa Golden Hurricane linebacker Zaven Collins and tight end James Palmer celebrate after he returned an interception for a touchdown in the second half against the South Florida Bulls at Raymond James Stadium.  Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports

The Tulsa Golden Hurricane head into their Friday night home matchup with the East Carolina Pirates with an undefeated conference record, and still a chance at their first league title in the AAC.

TU heads into this matchup with a 2-1 overall record including 2-0 in the AAC. Its lone loss this season came to Oklahoma State, and the Golden Hurricane led that game late in the third quarter. Tulsa blew out USF 42-13 last week, with running back Deneric Prince gaining 109 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 15 carries, and Corey Taylor II also scoring twice with 67 rushing yards on 12 attempts. Quarterback Zach Smith completed 16 of 24 passes for 233 yards with a touchdown and interception.

East Carolina enters with a 1-3 overall record including 1-2 in the AAC. The Pirates are coming off a bye week following a 27-23 home loss to Navy. In that game, the Pirates outgained the Midshipmen, and Rahjai Harris ran wild with 172 yards on 22 carries and one touchdown. Though he lost a pair of fumbles, one occurred on a lateral on the final play. Backup quarterback Mason Garcia completed only 10 of 20 passes for 104 yards, and also rushed for 63 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries. But with Ahlers back, he should return to the sideline for this one.

Tulsa won the last two games of this series including a 49-24 victory in Greenville, North Carolina in 2019.

Game Time/TV Channel/Streaming

You can watch ECU vs Tulsa on Friday, October 30th at 9:00 p.m. ET on ESPN2, or you can stream it via the ESPN app with a cable or streaming service login.

Point Spread, Totals, Odds, Trends

Point spread: East Carolina vs Tulsa (-17)
Point Total: 61
Money line: ECU (+525), Tulsa (-910)

  • East Carolina is 2-4 against the spread in its last six games.
  • The point total went over in eight of East Carolina’s last 10 games.
  • Tulsa is 5-1 against the spread in its last six games.
  • The point total went under in four of Tulsa’s last six games.

The Best Bet

ECU starting QB Holton Ahlers is expected to be back this week after dealing with COVID issues, which should help the offense tremendously. Tulsa’s defense is one of the best in the conference, but they struggled with Oklahoma State while dominating the directional Florida schools. ECU might not win with Ahlers back, but they’ll keep it close.

Pick: ECU (-17)

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