College Football Preview: Navy vs. East Carolina

Navy and East Caroline logos on grass field

Navy hosts East Carolina on Saturday in Annapolis. AcademyWars.com previews the game and predicts the final score of this contest.

Team Schedules/Results

Navy

Date Opponent Result
08/31/19 Holy Cross W 45-7
09/14/19 East Caro.
09/26/19 @ Memphis
10/05/19 Air Force
10/12/19 @ Tulsa
10/19/19 South Fla.
10/26/19 Tulane
11/01/19 @ Connecticut
11/16/19 @ Notre Dame
11/23/19 Southern Methodist
11/30/19 @ Houston
12/14/19 Army

East Carolina

Date Opponent Result
08/31/19 @ North Carolina St. L 6-34
09/07/19 Gardner-Webb W 48-9
09/14/19 @ Navy
09/21/19 William & Mary
09/28/19 @ Old Dominion
10/03/19 Temple
10/19/19 @ UCF
10/26/19 South Fla.
11/02/19 Cincinnati
11/09/19 @ Southern Methodist
11/23/19 @ Connecticut
11/30/19 Tulsa

ESPN FPI

Navy: 98

East Carolina: 106

Key Stats

Statistic
Navy (Rk) Avg
ECU (Rk) Avg
Rushing Offense
(1) 428.0
(44) 203.0
Passing Offense
(126) 103.0
(77) 218.5
Passing Yds. / Comp
(9) 17.2
(119) 9.7
Total Offense
(16) 531.0
(64) 421.5
Scoring Offense
(20) 45.0
(76) 27.0
Rushing Defense
(10) 64.0
(46) 115.0
Pass Defense
(32) 167.0
(77) 230.5
Total Defense
(15) 231.0
(57) 345.5
Scoring Defense
(5) 7.0
(52) 21.5
Red Zone Offense
(68) .833
(79) .818
Red Zone Defense
(3) .500
(90) 1.000
3rd Down Conversion
(4) .667
(50) .444
3rd Down Conversion Def
(15) .250
(49) .320
4th Down Conversion
(1) 1.000
(97) .000
4th Down Conversion Def
(1) .000
(1) .625
Net Punting
(10) 46.0
(47) 40.3
Time of Possession
(5) 36:05
(45) 31:30
Turnovers Gained
(105) 1
(73) 2
Turnovers Lost
(7) 1
(64) 3
Turnover Margin
(54) 0.0
(77) -0.5
Fumbles Recovered
(60 1)
(–) 0
Fumbles Lost
(24) 1
(24) 1
Fewest Penalties / Gm
(8) 3.0
(52) 6.0
Fewest Penalty Yards / Gm
(8) 25.0
(43) 46.5

Stats courtesy of USNA Athletics Communications.

Players to Watch

Navy

QB Malcolm Perry, WR Mychal Cooper, C Ford Higgins, NG Jackson Pittman, RAID Nizaire Cromartie, P Owen White.

East Carolina

QB Holton Ahlers, RB Darius Pinnix Jr, WR Deondre Farrier, C Branden Pena, LG Cortez Herrin, NT Alex Turner, DE Kendall Futrell, CB Michael Witherspoon, LB Xavier Smith.

Injuries

Navy

None reported.

East Carolina

Date Pos Player Injury Status
09/01/19 DB Colby Gore Suspension is out indefinitely
09/01/19 LB Delvontae Harris Suspension is out indefinitely
09/01/19 DB Juan Powell Suspension is out indefinitely

Source: Donbest.com

Comments

It’s hard to get a clear idea of how good or bad ECU is after just two games or Navy after just one game against an FCS team. I’ll go with recent history here. I don’t think ECU can stop Navy’s option. In three of the six meetings Navy has score 56 or more points. I think the Mids are better on defense as well this season. Navy should win.

AcademyWars.com Prediction

Navy 42, ECS 21

Saturday’s game kicks off at 3:30 pm ET. Watch on the CBS Sports Network.

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