EAST CAROLINA VS
KEY RELEASE WEEK ONE
East Carolina +10 over Va Tech - There are only a
couple of +10's still available but there's a good chance we'll see
more 10's as game day approaches. Either way you need to shop for
the best lines at as many
top sportsbooks as possible.
Skip Holtz has done a great job with the East Carolina program.
He has done, exactly what is expected when a program brings in a
coach to turn a program around. He took over a team that was 2-9 in
2004. In 2005 he won 5 games. In 2006 he won 7 and last year he won
8. Hopes are sky high this year as the team is loaded with returning
starters at every position including QB where they have two kids who
can start. To add to the hype, their toughest two games of the
season look to be games 1 and 2 against Va Tech and West Virginia.
Every other game on the schedule is winnable. Look for the Pirates
to go to a major bowl and also look for the major schools to come
calling on Skip Holts.
But, we're getting ahead of ourselves. Right now, we're concerned
with Virginia Tech. These two met on opening day a year ago, an
emotional day for Tech, a game in which Tech came away with a 17-7
win. Not much has changed talent wise for Holtz and East Carolina.
But lots has changed for the Hokies. They lost their top 4
receivers, their leading rusher and 7 starters from a defense that
ranked 4th in the nation. For many programs, that would be huge. But
Tech always has talent. Put them right up there with the Michigan's
of the world. As they saying goes, they don't rebuild, they reload.
They win 10 or 11 games just about every year regardless of how many
returning starters they have.
But if the door were ever open for a team like the Pirates to
pull an upset, it would have to be now. They are a confident bunch
that comes into this one knowing they played these guys even last
year. They are largely intact from a year ago and have the benefit
of having played together whereas Tech will more than likely start
slowly with all the new faces. This game is being played in
Charlotte, the Panthers home field, before a sellout crowd of over
73,000 which will only ad to the excitement.
We can't pass up getting 10 points in a game where an upset is
not entirely out of the question. We're not kidding ourselves. We
realize East Carolina is no Virginia Tech. You can't compare the
two. Tech is always loaded, and plays a much tougher schedule than
East Carolina will ever play. But this looks to be the start of a
special season for Holtz and East Carolina, so we'll take the +10
and hope Tech starts slow as we anticipate and makes this game close
heading into the 4th quarter. Another wager that may be worth a look
is taking East Carolina in the first half.
Remember the Key Release ratings :
2* Small play
3* Regular play
4* Above average
5* Top Play
10* very rare
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