THE VITALS

Last season | 8-5, 7-1 Conference USA
Last bowl bid | 2013 R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl (Lost to Louisiana-Lafayette 43-34)

THE SCHEDULE
Aug. 31 | Old Dominion | 7 p.m.
Sept. 5 | Florida Atlantic | 7:30
Sept. 14 | Virginia Tech | 12
Sept. 28 | at North Carolina | TBA
Oct. 5 | at Middle Tennessee State | TBA
Oct. 12 | at Tulane | 3:30
Oct. 19 | Southern Miss | TBA
Nov. 2 | at Florida International | TBA
Nov. 9 | Tulsa | TBA
Nov. 16 | UAB | TBA
Nov. 23 | at North Carolina State | TBA
Nov. 29 | at Marshall | 12

THE STORYLINES
Returning experience | The Pirates return 16 starters (eight on defense, eight on offense) to an eight-win team, which gives them one of the most experienced teams in the conference.

Keeping the momentum | After starting the 2012 season 3-3, ECU won five of their last six regular season contests to earn a bowl bid and a share of the Conference USA East Division title. The Pirates will look to get off to a good start against future C-USA member ODU.