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East Carolina vs. Temple 11/21/2020 College Football Picks, Prediction, and Preview

The East Carolina visits Temple on 11/21/2020 at 12:00PM.

East Carolina and Temple face off in an important game for both teams as every game in this shortened season with limited or no fans in attendance means more. East Carolina has a record of 1-6 this season. Temple is 1-5 this season. Both have players to meet and know.

East Carolina Team Defense Preview

East Carolina has had 75 defensive drives in non-garbage time minutes and they yield 5.27 plays per drive. There is not much to take away here when it comes to how many plays per drive opponents run, but they are a team that falls in the average window when it comes to plays per drive. Offensives should lick their lips given their inability to stop anyone, this is one of the worst defenses in the country. The Defensive Coordinator coaching search threads on East Carolina message boards are flights of fantasy. East Carolina opponents pass the football 45.06% of the time.Their opponents favor running the ball as opposed airing it out.

Defenses want to stop offenses from getting into a 3rd Down where the options are plentiful. Unfortunately, this defense is too porous to limit those choices. Opponent rushing yards attributed to their offensive line this season comes out to 3.25 yards per carry. This defense lets offensive lines have too much control over them on the ground, too much push from the opposing offensive line. This is a team that is getting gashed too much for the tastes of their base. Linebackers are not stopping the bleeding well enough. Long breakout runs against this Defense are far too common. This is a very porous rushing defense that is incapable of preventing a situation where their safeties chase down a running back or quarterback.

This Defense has had average success disrupting the flow of the opposing offense.. Getting more granual into the front seven and their ability to cause trouble, they are just average in this regard. East Carolina is better at stopping the run than the pass this season.

East Carolina Team Offense Preview

East Carolina has had 80 drives in non-garbage time minutes and they average 4.58 plays per drive. Relatively speaking, East Carolina is not a team that runs many plays per drive. The offense is either prone to faltering and struggles to notch first downs or extremely explosive, we will need to find out a bit more to get answers. Struggles to get ahead of the chains and convert on third and fourth down are common, the offense can stagnate. Passing plays make up 56.83% of their play calls.This is an Air Raid Offense team, they are going to pass the ball a lot and running plays are only used to keep opponents honest.

East Carolina struggles with running the ball, getting zero or negative yard plays is disspiriting and the offensive line is not effectively making a good push. Poor playcalling, pre-snap adjustments or post-snap reads may be responsible and this could fall on the Quarterback, Offensive Coordinator, and Head Coach. How effective is the offensive line given what we know about their ability to prevent negative yards on rushing plays? More than you think, thanks to the Adjusted Line Yards metric. East Carolina can take credit for 2.47 yards per carry. So what does this mean? It means that the offensive line has been incredibly disappointing in their contribution to the ground game. This is also a team that is getting to the second-level in an average fashion. Offensive line and running backs are average in this regard. They feature a relatively average explosiveness in the running game, maybe there will be a breakout rushing play, but it is not something to count on from them.

Defenses have been able to impose their will on the East Carolina Offense this season. Front sevens of opposing defenses are causing a lot of problems. East Carolina is a better passing team than running team this season.

Temple Team Defense Preview

Temple has had 69 total defensive drives this season and they yield 5.33 plays per drive. There is not much to take away here when it comes to how many plays per drive opponents run, but they are a team that falls in the average window when it comes to plays per drive. Temple has shown an inability to stop defenses from converting on 4th Downs and they let opponents get into manageable 3rd Down situations where an RPO may be especially deadly. Passing plays make up 41.30% of their opponents’ play calls.Their opponents favor running the ball as opposed airing it out.

This is a pushover defense. There is not enough push from the Defensive Line and not enough imagination from the Defensive Coordinator to cause chaos in the backfield.Opponent rushing yards attributed to their offensive line this season comes out to 3.26 yards per carry. This defense lets offensive lines have too much control over them on the ground, too much push from the opposing offensive line. This is a team that is getting gashed too much for the tastes of their base. Linebackers are not stopping the bleeding well enough. The breakout rushing plays are simply not happening, it is a massive reach to expect this team to give up big rushing plays.

This Defense has had average success disrupting the flow of the opposing offense.. Getting more specific, this front seven is a cause of a lot of headaches for offenses. They may be good enough to cause trouble in pass rush with just four rushers!Temple has shown themselves to be better at stopping the pass than the run this season.

Temple Team Offense Preview

Temple has had 68 total drives this season and they generate 5.63 plays per drive. There is not much to take away here when it comes to how many plays per drive they run, but they are a team that falls in the average window when it comes to plays per drive. Struggles to get ahead of the chains and convert on third and fourth down are common, the offense can stagnate. Temple passes the football 53.00% of the time.Temple tends to pass more than other teams.

On first downs, getting ahead of the chains is crucial and running the ball well on first down can get a team there, Temple has done a good job avoiding the negative yardage rushing plays. Based on the Adjusted Line Yards metric, which measures the amount of credit that should be ascribed to the offensive line for a rushing play, they average 2.78 yards per carry. Generally speaking, this is an average offensive line as far as their ability to set up the running game. When it comes to getting to that second level where linebackers have not crashed down on the line of scrimmage, they are getting stopped with ease. The breakout rushing plays are simply not happening, it is a massive reach to expect this team to bust out big rushing plays.

Defenses have had average success disrupting the flow of the Temple Offense. Front sevens are causing an average amount of trouble for the Offense. Temple is a better passing team than running team this season.

The East Carolina Roster

The Players to Watch for East Carolina

Holton Ahlers QB 6-3 228

This season, Holton Ahlers has put up 1441 yards and 12 touchdowns. He has thrown 8 interceptions. He has a QB Rating of 127.8thus far this season. Holton Ahlers has thrown 8 interceptions this season.As a rusher, Holton Ahlers has 38.0 rushing yards, which puts him in the 59.9 percentile among Quarterbacks. He ran the ball as opposed to throwing the ball 40.0 times this season, which puts him in the 82.25 percentile. Has he hit paydirt as a runner? He has 0.0 rushing touchdowns this season.

Rahjai Harris RB 5-10 228

This season, Rahjai Harris has 559 rushing yards on 114 carries. Was he able to get to the end zone on the ground? He has 4 rushing touchdowns.As a receiver in the backfield, Rahjai Harris picked up 19 yards. He caught the ball as opposed to taking handoffs or catching laterals 5 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 1 receiving touchdowns this season.

Blake Proehl WR 6-1 186

This season, Blake Proehl picked up 419 yards. He caught the ball 40 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 2 receiving touchdowns this season.

Xavier McIver DT 6-1 310

The leading tackler among Defensive Tackles for East Carolina, Xavier McIver has 4 tackles this season. He was able to keep rushers back and penetrate the offensive line with 0 tackles for loss, which puts him in the 26.7 percentile among Defensive Tackles. When it came to rushing the Quarterback, he has been able to take them down 0 times this season, which put him in the 34.71 percentile among all Defensive Tackles in College Football. He has forced 0 fumbles this season.

Rick D’Abreu DL 6-2 253

The leading tackler among Defensive Tackles for East Carolina, Rick D’Abreu has 20 tackles this season. He was able to keep rushers back and penetrate the offensive line with 4 tackles for loss, which puts him in the 86.99 percentile among Defensive Tackles. When it came to rushing the Quarterback, he has been able to take them down 1 times this season, which put him in the 70.91 percentile among all Defensive Tackles in College Football. He has forced 1 fumbles this season.

Jireh Wilson DB 6-3 201

He is the leading tackler among non-exclusive Defensive Backs (meaning he can play either Safety Position, Nickel Back, Star or even play as a Cornerback in coverage) for East Carolina, Jireh Wilson had 52 tackles which puts him in the 98.52 percentile among returning non-exclusive Defensive Backs. He was able to keep rushers and receivers back on screens with 6 tackles for loss last season, which puts him in the 99.58 percentile among Secondary position players. When it came to blitzing the Quarterback, last season he was able to take them down 4 times last season. Jireh Wilson as a ball hawker was able to pick off 0 passes last season, which puts him in the 39.44 percentile among returning secondary position players last season.

The Temple Roster

The Players to Watch for Temple

Anthony Russo QB 6-4 235

This season, Anthony Russo has put up 863 yards and 9 touchdowns. He has thrown 6 interceptions. He has a QB Rating of 135.0thus far this season. Anthony Russo has thrown 6 interceptions this season.As a rusher, Anthony Russo has 26.0 rushing yards, which puts him in the 53.58 percentile among Quarterbacks. He ran the ball as opposed to throwing the ball 22.0 times this season, which puts him in the 66.04 percentile. Has he hit paydirt as a runner? He has 2.0 rushing touchdowns this season.

Re’Mahn Davis RB 5-9 210

This season, Re’Mahn Davis has 308 rushing yards on 78 carries. Was he able to get to the end zone on the ground? He has 1 rushing touchdowns.As a receiver in the backfield, Re’Mahn Davis picked up 62 yards. He caught the ball as opposed to taking handoffs or catching laterals 12 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 0 receiving touchdowns this season.

Jadan Blue WR 6-0 185

This season, Jadan Blue picked up 371 yards. He caught the ball 41 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 5 receiving touchdowns this season.

Dan Archibong DT 6-6 300

The leading tackler among Defensive Tackles for Temple, Dan Archibong has 20 tackles this season. He was able to keep rushers back and penetrate the offensive line with 2 tackles for loss, which puts him in the 76.94 percentile among Defensive Tackles. When it came to rushing the Quarterback, he has been able to take them down 1 times this season, which put him in the 78.88 percentile among all Defensive Tackles in College Football. He has forced 0 fumbles this season.

Arnold Ebiketie DE 6-4 235

The leading tackler among Defensive Tackles for Temple, Arnold Ebiketie has 42 tackles this season. He was able to keep rushers back and penetrate the offensive line with 8 tackles for loss, which puts him in the 97.64 percentile among Defensive Tackles. When it came to rushing the Quarterback, he has been able to take them down 4 times this season, which put him in the 95.66 percentile among all Defensive Tackles in College Football. He has forced 3 fumbles this season.

Amir Tyler S 6-0 195

He is the leading tackler among non-exclusive Defensive Backs (meaning he can play either Safety Position, Nickel Back, Star or even play as a Cornerback in coverage) for Temple, Amir Tyler had 33 tackles which puts him in the 91.06 percentile among returning non-exclusive Defensive Backs. He was able to keep rushers and receivers back on screens with 2 tackles for loss last season, which puts him in the 90.05 percentile among Secondary position players. When it came to blitzing the Quarterback, last season he was able to take them down 0 times last season. Amir Tyler as a ball hawker was able to pick off 0 passes last season, which puts him in the 39.44 percentile among returning secondary position players last season.

Christian Braswell CB 5-10 178

Considered the leading tackler among non-exclusive Defensive Backs (meaning he can play either Safety Position, Nickel Back, Star or even play as a Cornerback in coverage) for Temple, Christian Braswell had 21 tackles which puts him in the 87.42 percentile among returning non-exclusive Defensive Backs. He was able to keep rushers and receivers back on screens with 0 tackles for loss last season, which puts him in the 36.32 percentile among Secondary position players. When it came to blitzing the Quarterback, last season he was able to take them down 0 times last season. Christian Braswell as a ball hawker was able to pick off 1 passes last season, which puts him in the 84.75 percentile among returning secondary position players last season.

East Carolina vs. Temple Prediction, Picks, and Odds


Prediction: East Carolina 29 Temple 30

Spread Pick: Temple +4 -110 YouWager
Moneyline Pick: Temple +160 YouWager
Total Pick: Over 57 -110 Pinnacle Sports