ECU vs. Tulsa Prediction, Game Preview

    ECU vs. Tulsa prediction and game preview. Projecting who wins the matchup between the Pirates and Golden Hurricane.

    November 3, 2016

    ECU vs. Tulsa prediction and game preview. Projecting who wins the matchup between the Pirates and Golden Hurricane.

    ECU vs. Tulsa Game Preview

    When: Saturday, November 5 – 8:00 p.m. ET
    Where: Chapman Stadium, Tulsa, OK
    TV Broadcast: ESPNEWS

    ECU snapped its five-game losing streak by demolishing UConn 41-3. Quarterback Philip Nelson was on point, throwing for 253 yards and two touchdowns while the defense clamped down on the Huskies rushing game, allowing just 89 yards on the ground.

    Tulsa improved to 6-2 with a big 59-30 win over Memphis. Running back James Flanders did whatever he wanted against the Tigers defense, rushing for 249 yards and five touchdowns.

    What To Know About ECU

    The Pirates finally got back in the win column by getting back to playing defense and having a balanced offense that keeps the opposition guessing. Granted, that came against an UConn team that has been struggling all season. ECU must be able to put some points on the board this game as Tulsa’s offense is clicking right now.

    What to Know About Tulsa

    If you score 59 points, it usually doesn’t matter how many points the defense lets up. That was the case as Flanders and company ran all over Memphis to stay in contention for the AAC West title. Flanders could have another big day in store, as the Pirates are 76th in the nation in rushing defense allowing 178 yards per game on the ground. Expect another explosive showing by the Golden Hurricane.


    Offense: Tulsa. No matter who you are playing, scoring five rushing touchdowns like Flanders did is impressive.

    Defense: Tie. Both teams give up a lot of yards and points.

    Special Teams: Tie. Neither field goal kicker is that reliable.

    Coaching: Tulsa. Philip Montgomery has the Golden Hurricane bowl eligible and competing for the division title.

    Intangibles: Tulsa. Keep winning and the division could be theirs.

    Matchup To Watch

    James Flanders vs. ECU rushing defense

    Could he top his performance against Memphis? For Flanders, that will be hard to do, but don’t count him out.

    ECU vs. Tulsa Betting Odds

    Spread: Tulsa -8
    Over/Under: 75

    ECU vs. Tulsa Prediction

    Did you see the over/under? Yes, this is going to be a high-scoring affair with both teams moving the ball up and down the field at a frantic pace. When it comes down to the nitty gritty, Tulsa has more firepower and its ground game will wear the Pirates down. The Golden Hurricane stay in the race for the division title with a big win.

    ECU vs. Tulsa Prediction: Tulsa 42, ECU 30

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