ECU and UCF face off tomorrow in Greenville

GREENVILLE, NC-- East Carolina opens up conference play tomorrow against UCF. The Pirates will be looking to straighten the ship now that they are back playing in Dowdy-Ficklen.

East Carolina looks to get back on track at home against UCF after back to back losses on the road.

For the first time since they faced Western Carolina in the first week of the season, the Pirates will be coming into Saturday's matchup as the favorites.

This seems to be shaping up to be a very tight game with both teams pretty evenly matched and with similar goals in mind.

Both teams enter the game with a 2-2 record and looking to start conference play off with a win.

The Knights have a bit of momentum going into the weekend after a strong outing last week with a 53-14 win over FIU, while the Pirates are looking to bounce back from a 54-17 loss at Virginia Tech.

The offenses are opposites which will make for a very interesting matchup.

While East Carolina's strength lies in their passing game, the Knights rely heavily on the running game and it has been successful for them early in the season.

The Knights rank No. 5 in the nation with 54.5 rushes per game, and No. 26 nationally with 235.75 yards per game. 

East Carolina's strong passing attack led by Philip Nelson will be put to the test against UCF's impressive pass defense.

Overall, the Knights give up a little more than 23 points and 308 yards per game.

In last year's matchup, East Carolina pounded UCF 44-7, but this is a much improved UCF team that will certainly be out looking for some revenge.

Saturday's matchup is shaping up to be a good one and with it being parent's weekend for East Carolina, the stadium is sure to be packed.

The Knights and Pirates will kick off tomorrow at noon in Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium.

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