EAST CAROLINA UNIVERSITY
Coming off the best season in the past decade, ECU is definitely poised to repeat their success from last season. Senior QB Shane Carden is a legitimate Heisman candidate, and the most prolific Wide Receiver in ECU history (Justin Hardy) will also be back for his senior season. Moving from C-USA to the American is a step up in competition, but this is likely the best team ECU has fielded in many years. Could be a special season!!
(10-2) (7-1 AMERICAN CONF)
NC Central - W - Easy win. ECU rolls.
@ South Carolina - L - Can't wait to get the Gamecocks in Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium... but for now, they'll probably be too much in Columbia.
@ Virginia Tech - W - VT is breaking in a brand new QB... and they BARELY escaped ECU with a victory last season. Pirates will be better, Hokies should be worse. Lane Stadium is a factor, but ECU is accustomed to playing in big venues, and won't shrink.
North Carolina - W - This one could go either way. ECU flat out DOMINATED the Heels in Chapel Hill last season, and this one is in Greenville. Dowdy-Ficklen will be ROCKING the Pirates to a win.
SMU - W - SMU fans are looking for June Jones to be fired. Program is in a tailspin. Easy win.
@ South Florida - W - Great recruiting class for USF this season, but all those freshmen won't be able to patch USF's holes this season. They'll be back, but not this year.
UCONN - W - UCONN is awful.
@ Temple - W - Temple is awful.
@ Cincinnati - L - I think our first "big boy" game in the AAC will see a lot of jitters from the Pirates. Just have a bad feeling about this one.
Tulane - W - Revenge for last year's 3OT loss in New Orleans that nearly derailed our season.
@ Tulsa - W - Tulsa is arguably the worst team in the AAC.
UCF - W - No more Blake Bortles or Storm Johnson. UCF never wins in Greenville. Senior night, night game, national TV... Pirates will be out for blood.