by GT Staff |
At Orlando, 4:35 p.m. PT
E. Carolina -4½ vs C. Florida (46½)
East Carolina may have gotten its mojo back last week with a 30-10 win over Memphis after three straight losses. The Pirates got out of the gate in fine style with upset wins over Virginia Tech and West Virginia when both were ranked nationally. A tough overtime loss to big rival NC State sent the Pirates into a tailspin that saw disappointing losses of 15 points to Virginia and 17 to Houston.
Central Florida can relate to tailspins, having lost five of its last sixth and now embroiled in a possible wrongful-death suit over the passing of 19-year-old wide receiver Erick Plancher. The redshirt freshman died in March of cardiac arrest during weightlifting drills. ESPN broke the story this week of possible negligence by the UCF coaching staff and this controversy has hung over the football team. The Knights figure to be distracted, while ECU takes a large step to a bowl with a win. EAST CAROLINA.