ECU first played USF on Oct. 19, 2002 in Greenville, North Carolina, losing the game 46-30. Saturday will mark the 11th installment of the series and sixth since the American Athletic Conference was formed.

Below are some interesting notes and pieces of information ahead of ECU’s conference road opener. You can also find a preview of the game here.

  • USF — in nine wins over ECU, average margin of victory is 15.3 points
  • USF is 3-1 against ECU in Tampa, Florida all-time
  • ECU has lost nine of its last 10 conference games and two straight
  • ECU is on a three-game losing streak overall dating back to 2019
  • USF won the last matchup between the two programs 45-20 in Greenville
  • ECU last beat USF in 2014 (28-17) — lost five straight since
  • USF is pacing the nation, allowing only 125.3 passing yards per game
  • USF’s head coach Jeff Scott is the youngest coach in the AAC
  • ECU OL coach Steve Shankweiler (2010-2012) and cornerbacks coach Steve Ellis (2019) both coached at USF
  • ECU is 41-47 in conference road games since 1997 — last win was Nov. 23, 2019 against UConn
  • USF has faced four top-20 ranked opponents in its last seven games, including two this season (Notre Dame and Cincinnati)
  • USF has forced seven turnovers through three games ranking them ninth in FBS
  • ECU — forced at least one turnover in 12 of its last 13 games — two or more turnovers in four of last six games
  • ECU has committed seven turnovers (three fumbles, four interceptions) in two games, the second most in that time span since 2000
  • ECU has scored on 22 of its last 23 red zone trips over last seven games — 5-for-5 in 2020
  • USF’s defense is fourth in FBS in pass efficiency defense (97.21) and 10th in interceptions (4)
  • USF is 0-2 when scoring 17 points or less — 0-2 when allowing 21-plus points this season
  • ECU and USF were picked to finish 10th and 11th respectively in the AAC Preseason Media Poll
  • ECU has lost 10 of last 11 road AAC games and 14 of last 16 since 2016 — only two wins were against UConn in 2017 and 2019
  • USF is 99-50 in home games since 1997 (.664)
  • USF has 12 plays of 20-plus yards in 2020, but none have resulted in touchdowns
  • ECU — WR’s Blake Proehl and Tyler Snead each caught 11 passes against Georgia State last week — first time two Pirate receivers caught 10-plus passes in the same game since 2017 and fifth time since 2010
  • ECU is playing in its 886th game in program history dating back to 1932 — owns an overall record of 444-430-11
  • ECU is 162-162-4 all-time in the month of October — 6-13 versus AAC opponents in October
  • USF is on a four-game AAC losing streak
  • ECU is 7-5 on Oct. 10 since 1941 — last win was Oct. 10, 1998 against UAB

ECU and USF will kick-off inside Raymond James Stadium at 7 p.m. on Saturday. The game can be streamed on ESPN+.

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