150 Marshall rushing yards. This is a very ambitious figure, for ECU has yielded that many just once.
50 percent of third downs converted, by either team. Marshall converted 10 of 16, ECU 7 of 15 in the 2012 game.
11/2 defensive touchdowns, by either or both teams. As aggressive as these defenses have become, a quarterback is going down and the ball is coming loose, or there will be a "pick-six."
Completely useless trivia
East Carolina has received the opening kickoff in 22 consecutive games, and you can pencil in the Pirates for No. 23 - Marshall has been deferring when it wins the toss, a generally successful move.
The winner advances to the championship game, and certainly will host if Tulane beats Rice in a West Division showdown. Should Rice win and take the West title, it will finish with an identical 7-1 record as the East champ. Rice has not played ECU or Marshall head-to-head, so the host team will be determined the BCS ranking. ECU has a clear advantage; Marshall is 10 spots below Ricce.
Today's winner may go to the Liberty Bowl, though that game can pick an American Athletic Conference team to play an SEC squad. In any event, both MU and ECU are heading to the postseason.