East Carolina has a golden opportunity to spoil Cincinnati’s undefeated college football playoff prospects when the teams meet in Greenville on Friday.
ECU will go bowling after a four-game winning streak that took the Pirates’ record to 7-4. Most recently, the ECU defeated the Navy on the road, outscoring Midshipmen 38-35 at Annapolis. This followed wins against USF, Temple and an OT thriller in Memphis.
Freshman Owen Daffer broke a 54-yard field goal as time passed to bring the Pirates to the victory over the Navy, securing ECU’s first winning season since 2014.
Cincinnati, meanwhile, is making waves nationally. Unbeaten at 11-0 with one shot to play in the playoffs, quarterback Desmond Ridder had three touchdowns, rushed to score and caught his first career touchdown to lead the Bearcats to a 48-14 victory. against SMU last Saturday at Nippert Stadium.
Cincinnati already secured a berth in the AAC title game on Dec. 4 against Houston, but may earn the right to host the game with a win over ECU on Friday.
The teams meet this afternoon on a nationally televised ABC show, scheduled for 3:30 p.m.
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ECU vs. Cincinnati
Or: Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium, Greenville, North Carolina
Dated: Friday November 26
Time: 3:30 p.m.
Line of bets: The Pirates are 14-point underdogs, and the over-under is set at 58.
History of the series:The Pirates hold an overall lead in the series, 13-11, but the Bearcats have won nine of the last 10 games, including six of their seven competitions as fellow AAC members.
This story was originally published November 26, 2021 7:00 a.m.