Teams looking for a strong finish to the second half of their seasons clash when the South Florida Bulls meet the East Carolina Pirates in an American Athletic Conference matchup on Thursday night.
Kickoff from Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium in Greenville, N.C., is set for 7:30 p.m. ET. The Bulls are 2-5 overall and 1-2 in the AAC, while the Pirates are 3-4 and 1-2. East Carolina won last year's meeting 44-24, but South Florida holds a 9-2 edge in the all-time series.
The Pirates are favored by 10 points in the latest South Florida vs. East Carolina odds from Caesars Sportsbook, and the over-under is set at 56. Before entering any South Florida vs. East Carolina picks, you'll want to see the college football predictions from the model at SportsLine.
Redshirt junior quarterback Holton Ahlers is a huge part of the offense and leads the Pirates in passing by completing 144 of 239 passes (60.3 percent) for 1,763 yards and 10 touchdowns. He has been intercepted six times, but has a rating of 131.0. He has also rushed for four scores. In last week's overtime loss at Houston, Ahlers completed 23 of 37 passes (62.2 percent) for 278 yards and two touchdowns.
The Bulls, meanwhile, have a talented stable of running backs, including junior Jaren Mangham, who leads the team in rushing. For the season, he has carried 96 times for 416 yards (4.3 average) and 12 touchdowns. In last week's win over Temple, Mangham carried 26 times for 152 yards (5.8 average) and two touchdowns.
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