The East Carolina Pirates have made a massive splash in the AAC and are looking to become North Carolina's top college football team. The Pirates will be in Greenville this week as they host the North Carolina Tar Heels. This is expected to be a very close and tight game in what has become a recent rivalry that could potentially turn its tides depending on what might happen in the series this weekend.
The two teams have played each other for each of the past five years. While North Carolina won four games in a row, East Carolina won last least 55-31 in Chapel Hill. This came even though the Pirates were +12.5 underdogs for the game. In addition, the Tar Heels had won ATS on their four games that they had won.
East Carolina has won eight of their last team games from both the straight up and ATS senses. Their last game was a road win against Virginia Tech in a 28-21 score where the Pirates were listed at +9.5. The Pirates have won their last four ATS against ACC teams as well as in their last four non-conference games in general.
North Caorlina has won four of their last five games straight up got they have also lost their last two games ATS. This means that they have not won ATS this year while East Carolina was won ATS each time. The Heels' last game was against San Diego State when they won 31-27. The Heels had a spread of -14.5 for the game. They also barely went under the 60 point total for the game. The Tar Heels have gone under the point total in their last four games after losing against the spread.
The game is expected to be extremely close but in the end East Carolina has the edge. The Pirates have -2.5 odds to win this game. The game is expected to be very close thanks to the tight matchup between the two teams as this rivalry between in-state rivals comes to its next chapter.