- The Birmingham Bowl sees East Carolina favored by 7.5 points over Coastal Carolina.
- The ECU Pirates finished with a worse record – but a better ATS record – than the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers.
- The Chanticleers will be without quarterback Grayson McCall, who entered the Transfer Portal.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The Birmingham Bowl pits East Carolina against Coastal Carolina, with ECU favored.
Birmingham Bowl Odds – East Carolina Vs. Coastal Carolina
- East Carolina -7.5 (-110)
- Coastal Carolina +7.5 (-110)
The East Carolina Pirates finished with a 7-5 record, with a 1-point loss to North Carolina State as a standout game.
The Coastal Carolina Chanticleers finished 9-3, with losses to James Madison and Troy. Another loss they experienced was the loss of their quarterback, Grayson McCall, who entered the Transfer Portal prior to this game.
While Coastal Carolina does have the better record of the two teams, they finished 4-7-1 against the spread, while ECU finished 7-5 against the spread.
The Chanticleers are on a bad spread streak in a more specific sense as well – they’ve only covered the spread twice in their last eight games.
In addition, in their last 10 games against teams with winning records, they have only covered the spread twice.
In contrast, the Pirates have covered the spread in 13 of their last 20 games against teams with winning records.
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College football betting fans should also be aware that the Pirates have covered the spread in their last four non-conference matchups.
Birmingham Bowl Total Points Odds – East Carolina Vs. Coastal Carolina
- Over 63.0 -110
- Under 63.0 -110
ECU averaged 30.83 points per game, while giving up 27 points per game.
Coastal Carolina put up 29 points per game, while giving up 30 points per game. In this context, it’s not a shock to see the O/U line for total points in the Birmingham Bowl being very high, at 63.0 points.
In the last four December games that Coastal Carolina played, the Over has hit all four times. In the last four December games that ECU has played, it has hit three times.
This predilection for hitting overs in December games might be why the online sportsbooks set this line a bit above both teams’ scoring averages.
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