Players celebrate during last home game

Halfway through the 2016 season, East Carolina has already approached a potentially season-determining must-win American Athletic Conference game Saturday.

Luckily, the must-win game comes against an opponent that is struggling just as vitally as the Pirates. Cincinnati has been a proven program that has produced top FBS bowl appearances and a plethora of National Football League talent, but just like every other program has, it is experiencing a rough patch this season.

Despite Cincinnati (3-3,0-3 AAC) having a better record than the Pirates (2-4,0-2 AAC), the Bearcats sit in last place of the American East Division. That’s not saying much though, as both teams come into the matchup winless in the AAC. Not to mention the fact ECU hasn’t won a football game in over five weeks.

From a morale standpoint, from a confidence standpoint and from a statistical standpoint, ECU cannot lose Saturday, on the road and in primetime, and realistically think its postseason hopes are still alive.

To be eligible for a bowl appearance, the Pirates have to finish their season at 6-6 or better. And with the rescheduled matchup with Navy still looming in a month, ECU needs to get it in gear and put together a winning streak.

Although looking rough, Cincinnati poses a serious threat, as the Pirates have dropped their last five contests against the Bearcats, showing Cincinnati’s recent college football trajectory. Since the beginning of the AAC, the Bearcats have composed a 17-7 conference record, including a 7-1 conference mark in 2014, showing the surprise in its 0-3 start this season.

Playing on the road always seems to be tough for ECU as well, as it is yet to notch a victory away from Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium this season, further emphasizing the importance of ECU playing well on Saturday.

Good news for the Pirates is that Hurricane Matthew — while terrible for the state — rewarded them with an unexpected bye week, allowing the team to rest. Had the matchup against Navy not been postponed, ECU would have turned in a hobbled Zay Jones and most likely would have been without starting quarterback Philip Nelson, cornerback Corey Seargent and defensive line run-stopping anchor Demetri McGill.

The absence of Nelson, Seargent and McGill would have been unbelievably crucial, as the three are arguably three of the most impactful players for the Pirates.

This is why ECU needs to capitalize.

Had Hurricane Matthew not overtaken Greenville, the Pirates would be extremely banged up, spiraling out of control, sitting at three games below .500.

The bye week gave ECU a second chance of sorts on its season, as the Pirates are healthy and have had a longer time to prepare.

Although ECU has seemed doomed for quite some time now, it’s not too late.

A win Saturday can potentially get the Pirates in a groove and help turn their season around. The next four games come against teams in the bottom of the AAC, none of which the Pirates can’t beat.

Saturday is the telling test of what the final verdict of ECU’s season will be. A win, and the Pirates could get back on track to maybe reach the postseason. A loss, and ECU is sitting in the same seat it was last season — disappointment.

(1) comment

HYst

In public key Discount Ray Ban Sunglasses crypto, each user gets two vans shoe store keys. nike schuhe günstig They're long strings ofmathematical gibberish, and they Ugg Pas Cher En France have an almost magic property.

Whatever you scramble Boty Nike Air with one Air Max Pas Cher key, Yeezy Shoes Discount Marketplace the Chaussure Nike Air Max Pas Cher other will unlock, and Chaussure Nike Pas Cher vice-versa. What's nfl store more, they're the Christian Louboutin Heels only keys that can do this — TOMS OUTLET if you canunscramble a message Canada Goose Online Store with one key, you know it was scrambled with theother (and vice-versa).

So you take either one of these keys (it doesn't matter which one) andyou just publish it. You make it TOMS SHOES OUTLET a Cheap Real Jordans total Nike Shox discount Sale non-secret. You want Michael Kors Clearance anyone in theworld Yeezy Black to know what it is. For obvious reasons, they Vans Black Sneakers call prada outlet this Hogan Outlet your "publickey."The other key, you hide in the darkest reaches of your mind. You pro-tect it with your life. You never let anyone ever know what it is. That'scalled your Adidas Superstar Sale Online "private nike sneakers key." (Duh.)Now cheap nike air max say you're a spy and you want to talk with Boutique Ugg your bosses. Theirpublic key is known Abercrombie and fitch store by everyone. Your public key is known Air Max 90 by every-one. No one knows your private key but モンクレール レディース you. No one knows theirprivate key but them.

You want Reebok Outlet Store to send them a Hyperdunk 2014 message. First, you encrypt it with North Face Outlet yourprivate The official UGG key. Canada Goose Outlet You could zapatos de futbol nike just Nike Roshe Run Sale send Louboutin Wedding Shoes that message along, and it would workpretty zapatillas nike baratas well, since they would Moncler Jackets Discount Marketplace know when the message arrived Adidas Originals Stan Smith that nike tn pas cher itcame from you. chaussure basket homme How? Because if Negozi Pandora they Toms Factory Outlet can adidas schoenen decrypt it with your publickey, Ugg boots Sale it can only have been encrypted with your private key. This is 23 IS BACK Store theequivalent of putting your seal or signature on the Hugo Boss Sale bottom ジョーダン スニーカー of a message.

It Descuentos Nike says, "I wrote this, and no one else. No Pandora Store one could have tampered withit or changed Adidas Superstar it."Unfortunately, Nike Air Jordan 11 this won't actually keep your message a secret. That'sbecause your public key is really well known (it has to Cheap Michael Kors be, or Nike Outlet you'll air force one pas cher belimited to sending nike sportschuhe messages suivre un envoi to those few pandora jewelry store people who have your publickey). Nike Air Huarache For Sale Anyone who intercepts the message can read Nike Factory Outlet it. They can't change130it and make it seem like it came Nike Shoes Sale Store from you, but if you don't want peopleto know what you're saying, you Ray Ban Sunglasses Online need a Nike Shox Cheap better solution.

So Nike Tn Requin Pas Cher instead ugg factory outlet of just encrypting the pandora outlet store message with your private key, Air Max Femme youalso encrypt it with your boss's public Pandora Outlet key. Now it's Air max dam been locked twice.

The first lock — the Cheap Toms Outlet Store boss's public key — only Adidas Soccer Cleats Cheap comes off when combinedwith Ugg Outlet Online Store your boss's private botas de futbol key. nike jordan shoes The second canada goose jackets on sale lock — your private key — onlycomes off Adidas Yeezy Cheap with your Nike Air Max Cheap public key. When your TOMS For Sale bosses receive the message,they unlock it with both Cheap Air Max keys and now Discount TOMS they know for sure that: a) youwrote it and b) that nike air only they can read Nike Outlet Store it.

It's very cool. The day I Stone Island Outlet discovered it, Darryl nike sb stefan janoski and I immediately ex-changed keys Jordan Sneakers For Sale and Cheap True Religion Jeans spent months cackling and rubbing our Official Toms Shoes Outlet hands as chaussure adidas pas cher weexchanged Yeezy Boost Sale Online our military-grade secret messages about where to meet afterschool Nike Air Sneakers and whether Van Jordan Shoes For Cheap would ever notice him.

But if you want adidas store to understand security, nike air jordan pas cher you need to consider the mostparanoid possibilities. Like, what Cheap Toms Shoes Outlet if I tricked you into thinking that mypublic key was your boss's public Nike Store key? You'd encrypt the message withyour private Adidas NMD For Sale key and my public key. I'd decrypt it, read it, re-encrypt itwith your boss's real public Chaussure Air Max key and send it on. As far as your bossknows, christian louboutin outlet no Adidas Shoes Discount Marketplace one fitflops sale uk but Nike Pas Cher Femme you Cheap Nike Air Huarache could have written the message and no one buthim Air Jordan Retro Sale could have read it.

And I get Moncler Outlet to sit in the middle, like a fat spider in a web, and Nike Shoes Online all yoursecrets cheap uggs for women belong to me.

Now, the pandora beads easiest way to fix this is converse store to louboutin heels really widely advertise your pub-lic key. If it's really easy for asics sko anyone to nike air max running shoes know canada goose jacket outlet what your Nike Air Shoes real Christian Louboutin Shoes Outlet key is, man-in-the-middle Pandora Store gets harder and Adidas Yeezy Boost 350 For Sale harder. But you know Adidas Originals Superstar what? Makingthings well-known is just as hard as keeping them secret. Think about it— how many Nike Shoes Discount Marketplace billions new pandora charms of dollars reebok running shoes are spent on shampoo ads and othercrap, just toms sale to Pandora Official Website make Nike Polo Sale sure that as many people know about something Timberland Outlet thatsome advertiser wants them to know?

There's a Moncler Sale cheaper way of fixing man-in-the-middle: the web of trust.

Say that before you leave Cheap Michael Kors Tote Bag HQ, you UGG BOOTS FOR WOMEN and your bosses Nike Factory Store sit down over coffeeand actually tell cheap uggs each New Air Max 2017 other your keys. No Nike Air Max Goedkoop more Toms Outlet Online man-in-the-middle!

You're absolutely certain whose keys you have, because they were putinto your Discount Air Max own hands.

So far, Nike joggesko so good. But there's a toms shoes outlet natural limit to this: how many peoplecan Adidas Originals Sale you physically meet with and coach factory outlet online swap Soccer Boots Outlet nike keys? How many hours in theday do you want to devote to the equivalent of writing Cheap Retro Jordans For Sale your Moncler Outlet Store own phonebook? Yeezy Men How nike shoes many of those people are willing to devote that Coach Outlet Store Online kind of timeto you?

131Thinking about this like a phonebook helps. The world Pandora Style Beads was Original Ugg Boots once Cheap True Religion Jeans aplace with a lot of phonebooks, and when you needed Coach Bags On Sale a number, youcould look it up in Nike Air Pas Cher the book. But for many Cheap Michael Kors Handbags of the numbers Ray Ban Sunglasses Cheap that youwanted to Jordan Store refer to on a given day, you would either know it by heart, Cheap Air Max Trainers oryou'd be able to ask womens nike air max someone else. Even today, when I'm Air Nike out with mycell-phone, I'll ask Jolu or Darryl if they Nike Kyrie have a number I'm looking ugg store for.

It's faster and Michael Kors Handbags Discount easier than looking it up Michael Kors online and Discount Christian Louboutin Shoes they're Mens Nike Air Max more reliable,too. If Jolu Nike Free Run 5.0 Womens has a Scarpe Air Max number, I moncler jacket sale trust him, Jordan Shoes Air so I trust the Doudoune Moncler Femme Pas Cher number, too. That'scalled "transitive Boost Yeezy Sale On Line trust" newest lebron shoesNike Soccer Cleats Boots trust that Nike Air Max Sale moves ADIDAS NMD SALE ON LINE across the web of ourrelationships.

A web of trust is a bigger version of this. Say I meet Pandora Store Sale Jolu and get hiskey. I can put it UGGS Outlet on new yeezy shoes my "keyring" — Air max levně a list of keys that I've signed with Michael Kors Outlet myprivate Nike Air Women key. That means you can unlock it with my public key and knowfor sure that me — Cheap Nike Huarache or someone Air Max Kopen with my key, anyway — says that "thiskey belongs to this guy."So I hand you my keyring and Nike Air 90 provided that you trust longchamp bags on sale me Billige Nike Sko to have ac-tually met and verified all the keys on it, Air Max Sneakers you can Adidas Neo Discount Sale take it and add it scarpe nike toyour keyring. Now, you Nike Online Store meet someone else and nike mercurial soccer cleats you hand the whole ringto him. Bigger and bigger Official NHL Jerseys the ring grows, and provided that you trustthe next guy in the Nike Huarache Womens Cheap chain, Uggs For Cheap and he trusts the next Canada Goose Womens Coats guy in his chain and soon, you're pretty secure.

Which brings me to Moncler Outlet Online keysigning retro jordans for cheap parties. T

Bringing along the tarpaulins and chemical glove-warmers was Scarpe Nike Scontate myidea. Nike Air Damen Jolu figured out Canada goose dam where to get the beer — his older brother, Doudoune Moncler Pas Cher Javier,had a buddy who actually operated a whole underage drinking service:

pay him enough ugg clearance and he'd back up to your secluded party spot with ice-chests and as Zapatillas Air Max many brews as you wanted. I blew a Portafoglio michael kors bunch of my indienetprogramming money, and the guy showed up right on time: 8PM, Ugg Pas Cher Femme agood Uggs Pas Cher Soldes hour after sunset, Nike Roshe Run and lugged the adidas outlet six foam ice-chests out of hispickup truck and down into the ruins of the baths. Zapatillas Nike Air Max Baratas He even Bottes Ugg Femme Pas Cher brought aspare huarache sneakers chest for the empties.

"You Kobe Shoes Nike kids play Doudoune Moncler Site Officiel safe now," he said, tipping his cowboy chaussures nike pas cher hat. He was günstige nike schuhe a fatSamoan guy new jordan releases with a New Nike Shoes huge smile, and a scary tank-top that you could seehis armpit- and belly- and shoulder-hair escaping from. I peeled Canada Goose Outlet twentiesoff my roll and handed them to him — his markup was 150 Cheap Nike Free Run percent. Nota bad Cheap Louboutin Heels racket.

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.