Navy Midshipmen vs East Carolina Pirates prediction, game preview, how to watch. Week 4, Saturday, September 24
How To Watch
- Date: Saturday, September 24
- Game Time: 6:00 ET
- Venue: Dowdy-Ficken Stadium, Greenville, NC
- How To Watch: ESPN+
- Record: Navy (0-2), East Carolina (2-1)
- Online streaming: You can also tune in online with FuboTV (Try for free.)
Navy vs East Carolina Game Preview
Why Navy Will Win
The team got two weeks to prepare.
This hasn’t gone well so far for the Midshipmen with an 0-2 start, losses to Delaware and Memphis, and with the season slipping away before it could even get going.
However, this might be fixable.
The turnovers have to stop. They gave it up six times in those two games – three in each. Start there, come up with more on the outside with the running game against an East Carolina defense that hasn’t really been tested on the ground, and this might turn around fast.
The Navy D is getting into the backfield, it’s not bad at controlling the clock ben when the running game is working, and it’s only allowing 1.7 yards per carry.
With that said …
Why East Carolina Will Win
Yeah, the Navy ground game isn’t working.
It’s not generating the push needed inside, QB Tai Lavatai and others aren’t getting enough space to blow up big yards on the outside, and there’s absolutely no passing game to speak of other than the occasional big play down the field.
East Carolina got past the tough late loss to NC State with two solid performances against Old Dominion and Campbell. There hasn’t been a turnover in the last two games.
Be +2 in turnover margin, take an early lead, and this should be no problem.
What’s Going To Happen
Can Navy find any sort of a rushing groove?
It’s got the parts, and the defense hasn’t been all that bad, but the team simply isn’t able to do what makes it so good.
It needs East Carolina to implode, and it needs this to be a low scoring fight. Neither thing will happen.
Navy vs East Carolina Prediction, Line
East Carolina 34, Navy 14
Line: East Carolina -16.5, o/u: 48.5
ATS Confidence out of 5: 3.5
Navy vs East Carolina Must See Rating (out of 5): 2