Originally written on College Football Universe  |  Last updated 6/4/13
No. 65 East Carolina Pirates (8-5) Coach Ruffin McNeill (fourth season, 19-19 at ECU, 20-19 overall)Returning Starters: 19, 8 offense, 8 defense, 3 special teamsRecruiting Rank: 78 Although he coached defense at Texas Tech, Ruffin McNeill’s defenses at ECU have been among the nation’s worst over the last three seasons. The ECU head coach, and alumnus, watched his defense improve by leaps and bounds last season – but the Pirates still allowed more than 31 points per game.  That being said, the Pirates could be looking at a 10-win season. ECU again plays a tough non-conference slate with ACC foes North Carolina, North Carolina State and Virginia Tech on the schedule. If ECU can steal one of those – most likely against the rival Wolfpack – the rest of the schedule is very manageable and the Pirates should be one of the favorites to win C-USA’s East Division. ECU returns 19 starters, including eight on defense, four offensive linemen and each skill position. Senior punter Trent Tignor...
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