College football Fans! South Florida vs. East Carolina live stream info, TV channel: How to watch NCAA Football on TV, stream online. Where to Watch East Carolina vs South Florida Football. Both the East Carolina Pirates (0-2) and the South Florida Bulls (1-2) desperately need a win when they clash in this key American Athletic Conference matchup.
The game (7 p.m. ET start time) won’t be on regular TV anywhere, but anyone in the US can watch East Carolina vs South Florida live on ESPN+ right here:
East Carolina @ South Florida
Current Records: East Carolina 0-2; South Florida 1-2
What to Know
The South Florida Bulls are 5-0 against the East Carolina Pirates since November of 2015, and they’ll have a chance to extend that success Saturday. The Bulls and East Carolina will face off in an American Athletic battle at 7 p.m. ET at Raymond James Stadium. South Florida has the odds in their favor, so they’ll need to guard against complacency.
A victory for South Florida just wasn’t in the stars last week as the squad never even grasped a temporary lead. They found themselves the reluctant recipients of an unpleasant 28-7 punch to the gut against the Cincinnati Bearcats. The last quarter was a mere formality since it was already 28-7 by the third quarter. South Florida’s only touchdown came from RB Johnny Ford.
Since the offense as a whole struggled to get points on the board, South Florida’s defense had to pick up the slack, as it collected three interceptions and one fumble. Those interceptions were spread across their defensive unit.
Meanwhile, the Pirates might not have won anyway, but with 123 yards lost due to penalties, they really shot themselves in the foot last week. The matchup between East Carolina and the Georgia State Panthers was not particularly close, with East Carolina falling 49-29. The losing side was boosted by WR Tyler Snead, who punched in one rushing touchdown in addition to catching 11 passes for 111 yards.
Special teams collected 11 points for East Carolina. K Jake Verity delivered a perfect 3-for-3 game.
After unsatisfying finishes in their previous games, both teams are out for the full three points in this fixture. Giving up six turnovers, South Florida had had trouble holding onto the ball. We’ll see if East Carolina can exploit that vulnerability.
How To Watch
When: Saturday at 7 p.m. ET
Where: Raymond James Stadium — Tampa, Florida
TV: ESPN Plus
Follow: CBS Sports App
Live Stream: Watch Here
Ticket Cost: $45.00
The Bulls are a solid 6-point favorite against the Pirates, according to the latest college football odds.
The line has drifted a bit towards the Bulls, as the game opened with the Bulls as a 4-point favorite.
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South Florida have won all of the games they’ve played against East Carolina in the last six years.
Oct 26, 2019 – South Florida 45 vs. East Carolina 20
Sep 22, 2018 – South Florida 20 vs. East Carolina 13
Sep 30, 2017 – South Florida 61 vs. East Carolina 31
Oct 08, 2016 – South Florida 38 vs. East Carolina 22
Nov 07, 2015 – South Florida 22 vs. East Carolina 17
East Carolina vs South Florida Preview
The Pirates and the Bulls are looking to avoid wearing the dreaded “cellar dweller” label, but someone will be donning it when this is over. Both teams are currently sitting at the bottom of the AAC, so this showdown will be huge for each squad.
The Pirates are coming off a disappointing 49-29 loss to Georgia State in which they were thoroughly outplayed despite winning the time of possession battle. They were horrible on third down, going 5-17, and they failed to find any rhythm on offense, netting just 50 yards rushing. A primary issue had been their pass protection, which is currently rated last in the nation by Pro Football Focus.
Quarterback Holton Ahlers has 451 yards passing over his first two games, but he has also thrown four picks, so East Carolina is really struggling on offense.
On defense, they were shredded by Georgia State’s run game, and they are allowing an average of 50 points a game, along with 558.5 yards. Still, South Florida head coach Jeff Scott is prepared for a solid battle.
“Their linebackers are big, strong physical guys. That’s a matchup with our running backs in pass protection that’s a big emphasis this week, and getting rid of the ball, getting it out of our hands, those types of things,” Scott said about East Carolina, adding:
“I think their offense does a really good job of spreading you out. Their quarterback, he’s a savvy player. When he rolls out, you still have to cover the entire field. He’ll throw it over here, or he’ll turn and throw it all the way to the other sideline rolling out to his right. It really makes you as a defense really have to protect different areas on the field. It’ll be a good test for us.”
South Florida will also be tested by themselves, in a way, as their current quarterback situation is dire. They had three different quarterbacks enter their last game against Cincinnati: Jordan McCloud, Katravis Marsh and Cade Fort in all made appearances, and they threw five interceptions between them. McCloud was the most effective, and will likely get the nod, but the team has yet to name a starter for this game.
The Bulls’ slow start likely has a good deal to do with a tough opening schedule, however. They’ve faced two top 12 teams (Notre Dame and Cincinnati) and their defense, which allowed just six points against Citadel in their season opener, should thrive against an ECU squad still searching for an identity on offense.