It looks to be a tale of two offenses when the No. 19 East Carolina Pirates (4-1) head to South Florida to take on the Bulls in an AAC matchup. Sit atop of the American Athletic Conference, East Carolina has been lighting up the scoreboard all year. The four wins, including victories over Virginia Tech and North Carolina, place them as heavy favorites in the college football game lines. Meanwhile the Bulls (2-3) are seemingly trying to find some offensive inspiration as they look to avoid another back-to-back loss.
Saturday, October 11, 7:00 PM, Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FloridaThe Pirates have put up an impressive 218 points in their 5 games. Their lowest haul (23 points) came in their only loss of the season against the South Carolina Gamecocks in a game that they were expected to lose. Not only have they been offensively dominant, they have been great against the spread, compiling a 4-1 record so far this season. The Pirates had no problems handling the Southern Methodist Mustangs 45-24 in the AAC debut, although the team looked much superior than its rival, the result marked the first time this season that they didn’t cover the spread. But in fairness, it was a -38 point spread they were asked to overcome. With the win, ECU improved to 4-1 and broke in to the top 25 teams in the nation.On the other side of the ball, the South Florida Bulls have an offense that can best be described as anemic. They started out well enough, taking out West Carolina 36-31, but things have gone downhill ever since. The four games that followed have seen them score a meager 61 points combined, with only one win, a 17-14 victory over Connecticut, coming during that time. It’s certainly tough to ask the defense to hold up under that type of pressure.The Bulls enter the game coming in off a bye week and now they will try to rebound from a 27-10 loss at Wisconsin. This game looks to have all the makings of a mismatch, but strange things regularly happen in college football. You only have to look at the events of last weekend for proof of how crazy things can get. Perhaps a quick look at the numbers will help clear things up a little.