Number 4 Cincinnati @ East Carolina
Current record: Cincinnati 11-0; East Carolina 7-4
What to know
The East Carolina Pirates have not won a contest against the Cincinnati Bear Cats since November 18, 2017, but they will be looking to end the drought on Friday. East Carolina and Cincinnati will face off against American Athletic at 3:30 p.m. ET at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium. Defensive coordinators are sure to extend the hours ahead of this game as fouls by these teams combined were 1,107 yards last week.
It all ended when the Pirates and the Midshipmen Navy clashed this past Saturday, but East Carolina ultimately overcame the 38-35 opposition. QB Holton Ahlers had a stellar game for East Carolina as he overcame three TDs and 405 yards in 32 attempts along with picking up 48 yards on the ground.
The special team collected 12 points for East Carolina. KY Owen Daffer scored three goals on the field, the longest scorer 54 yards in the fourth quarter, ultimately leading to the difference in the game.
Meanwhile, when you end up 345 yards above your opponent like the Bearcats did this past Saturday, a favorable result will almost certainly follow. They passed SMU Mustangs 48-14. With Cincinnati leading 27 and nothing at half-time, the game was all over. QB Desmond Ridder was a Cincinnati single-man scuttle crew, three times TD and 274 yards in 23 attempts in addition to dodging once TD and 46 yards and grabbing a receiving TD. Ridder’s 53-yard touchdown for WR Tyler Scott in the first quarter made for one of the most memorable moments of the afternoon.
East Carolina is currently 7-4 while Cincinnati sits at 11-0. A few defensive stats to note: East Carolina is hitting the 197th fastest allowed touchdown in the nation, having skipped 18 games for the season. The Bearcats have had the hardest time of all: they are 160th in the nation in hasty touches allowed, with 14 points for the season. Maybe one of these Achilles heels will get in the way of the losing team.
How to watch
- When: Friday at 3:30 p.m. ET
- Where: Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium – Greenville, North Carolina
- TV: ABC
- Streaming online: fuboTV (Free trial. Regional restrictions may apply.)
- Monitor: CBS Sports App
Cincinnati won the last 5/6 matches against East Carolina.
- November 13, 2020 – Cincinnati 55 vs East Carolina 17
- November 2, 2019 – Cincinnati 46 vs East Carolina 43
- November 23, 2018 – Cincinnati 56 vs East Carolina 6
- November 18, 2017 – East Carolina 48 vs Cincinnati 20
- October 22, 2016 – Cincinnati 31 vs East Carolina 19
- November 28, 2015 – Cincinnati 19 vs East Carolina 16