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East Carolina-SMU Preview Capsule

East Carolina (3-2, 2-0) at SMU (2-2, 1-0), 8 p.m. Saturday
Line: East Carolina by 6.
Series Record: East Carolina leads 2-0.
Last meeting: 2006, East Carolina 38-21.

What's at Stake
East Carolina, the defending Conference USA champs, can start 3-0 in conference play for the first time since 2001. The Pirates have won their last two games by a combined nine points. SMU snapped a 16-game conference losing streak on Sept. 12. The Mustangs seek their first 2-0 start in Conference USA since joining in 2005.

Key Matchup
East Carolina's defense vs. SMU QB Bo Levi Mitchell. East Carolina's opportunistic defense has intercepted eight passes. S Van Eskridge and LB Nick Johnson have two apiece for the Pirates. Mitchell has passed for 1,209 yards this season. But he has also tossed at least two interceptions in every game this season.

Players to Watch
East Carolina: WR Dwayne Harris has 28 receptions for 295 yards. He has scored three touchdowns, two rushing and one receiving.
SMU: WR Emmanuel Sanders leads the Mustangs with 43 receptions for 466 yards. His 29 career TDs have him tied with Oklahoma State's Dez Bryant for the most among active players.


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