N Carolina over EAST CAROLINA by 10
What’s going on in Pirateland? After Saturday’s game was moved to Sunday following two lightning delays, it was North Carolina A&T that delivered a couple of fourth-quarter bolts in a comeback 28-23 win over East Carolina. The Pirates owned the worst defense in the nation last year, and Sunday’s loss marked the second straight year that they dropped a season-opener to an FCS school. The good news for the Pirates is their
log as non-conference home dogs of 7 or more points. They also bring a little series momentum into the contest, covering the last two meetings versus North Carolina while lighting up the scoreboard with 125 points. Although the Tar Heels outgained California in last week’s loss, they were also unable to push the ball across the goal line until well into the fourth quarter, ultimately falling to the Bears, 24-17. North Carolina QB Nathan Elliott was picked off four times and completed just 15 of 35 attempts for a mere 144 yards while being harassed all day long by the Cal defense. With the Heels just 2-6 ATS as road chalk of 7 or more points, we’re just not sure if UNC is healed and ready for this role playing away from home for the second week in a row.