East Carolina will attempt to record its third straight win this season and second straight win over AAC foe Navy when they host the Midshipmen on Saturday at 6 pm ET inside Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium.
The Pirates enter the game with an overall record of 2-1. They fell to NC State in the season opener before responding with back-to-back wins over Old Dominion (39-21) and Campbell (49-10). ECU currently ranks in the top 25 in total offense and 52nd nationally in total defense through three games.
ECU will face a Navy team that is 0-2 on the year with a 14-7 loss to Delaware and a 37-13 loss to Memphis. But Navy had an open date last week to work on fixing early-season issues and prepare for East Carolina.
Navy also had an open date last year before playing ECU, and came out strong before the Pirates finally emerged with a 38-35 win at Annapolis. Marina has had a bye before playing ECU three of the last four years.
“They had two tough games to start the year and they made some mistakes in those games that allowed them not to have the success they wanted,” ECU coach mike houston he said at his weekly news conference. “Like I said before, coach (Ken) Niumatalolo has done a phenomenal job there. He is demanding, he has high expectations of his team’s game. I think you’ll see a different Navy inning than there was on the field against Memphis. I can promise you; They’re going to come in here like a well-oiled machine.
“He and his coaches do a phenomenal job, so I think that’s what you’re going to see. Will they have some wrinkles for us? Yeah, I promise you they’ve had a few wrinkles for us that they probably worked on last summer. I just think they’re going to come here playing at a very high level in all three phases, not just offense. Coach (Brian) Newberry does a great job defensively there. I think they do a great job on special teams. They are very aggressive in both phases as well. I just think you’re going to see a very smart football team come in here and I think it’s going to be a great matchup.”
This Saturday’s game will be available to watch on ESPN+, a subscription-only service available through purchase. ESPN+ monthly subscriptions increased to $9.99 per month for this year. Also available is the Disney Bundle, which offers access to ESPN+, Disney+ and Hulu (ad-supported) for $13.99/mo or $19.99/mo (ad-free).
It marks the third straight game the Pirates have televised on ESPN+. ECU’s next game, at USF on Oct. 1, is also scheduled for a broadcast at 7 pm ET on ESPN+.
Here’s more information on how to watch Saturday’s game between Pirates and Midshipmen.
Date: Saturday, September 24
Weather: 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time
Site: Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium (Greenville, North Carolina)
TV Streaming/Online: ESPN+
TV announcers: Richard Cross (play-by-play), Jay Sonnhalter (color analyst)
Listen: 107.9 FM locally in North Carolina
Current betting line: ecu -17