Saturday, November 14, 2020, Veterans Memorial Stadium, Troy, Alabama, noon. ET
Chanticleers at Trojans Betting Preview: Chanticleers (-11), Trojans (+11)
Coastal Carolina Chanticleers Betting Preview
Coach Jamey Chadwell wants his No. 15 Chanticleers (7-0, 5-0 Sun Belt) to pick up the pace on the road Saturday against conference rival Troy.
“They’re gonna play fast,” Chadwell said of the Trojans. “They catch you, they get you out of position, and their receivers — and their backs, really — but their receivers can beat you in the one on one. They got after us good last year, and we really struggled with them.”
On their home field a season ago, the Chanticleers eked out a 36-35 win thanks to a 3-yard touchdown run and a 2-point-conversion run both by CJ Marable with 30 seconds left. Troy outgained Coastal Carolina 500-476 in total yardage, including throwing for 385 yards.
The Chanticleers ground out a 23-6 win over South Alabama last week, scoring 15 points under their season average but coming up with big plays on defense to key the win.
The Chanticleers stopped South Alabama on downs four times, including a hairy fourth-and-goal from the 1-yard line late in the third quarter while the Jaguars were down only 17-6. On that 17-play march, South Alabama had converted three fourth-down plays.
“Sometimes you got to win games that are ugly,” Coastal Carolina coach Jamey Chadwell said. “Not going to play your best every Saturday. That’s our goal, but when you don’t, we got to find a way to win, and our guys did.”
Chanticleers freshman quarterback Grayson McCall has thrown for 1,393 yards and 16 touchdowns with only one interception while adding 271 rushing yards and four more scores. Marable (370) leads a trio of running backs who each have at least 268 rushing yards.
Coastal Carolina’s defense leads the Sun Belt with 25 sacks. Tarron Jackson tops the team with six.
Troy Trojans Betting Preview
Despite awaiting the return of starting quarterback Gunnar Watson, the Trojans (4-3, 2-2 Sun Belt) are second in the conference in passing offense at 302.3 yards per game, though they are second to last in rushing at 103.6 yards per game.
“Our balance is not really run and pass,” Troy coach Chip Lindsey said. “It’s more like who touches the ball. We’ve run for 200 this year already once.”
That was in the season-opening 47-14 rout of Middle Tennessee State when the Trojans rushed for 240 yards.
Watson, a sophomore, has 1,159 passing yards with 10 touchdowns and three interceptions in five games. He sustained an injury to his ribs early in a loss to Georgia State on Oct. 24, and his status appears to be week-to-week or perhaps day-to-day based on what he shows at practice, Lindsey said.
Junior Jacob Free has been at the helm, going 1-1 as a starter. For the season, he has completed 59 percent of his passes while throwing for 957 yards and five touchdowns.
Free also has four interceptions, however, including two in last week’s loss to host Georgia Southern. The final pick came with just over two minutes left after the Trojans, who were trailing 20-13 at the time, drove 64 yards on 10 plays to the Eagles 16-yard line.
Chanticleers at Trojans Betting Pick for November 14, 2020
Marable scored on a 3-yard rush with 30 seconds remaining to give the Chanticleers their first win in the series 36-35 last year after Troy won the first two meetings 42-17 in 2017 and 36-35 in 2018. Marable finished with 52 rushing yards, giving him 98 in the two times he has faced the Trojans. He has rushed for 370 yards in seven games this season.
Chanticleers at Trojans Betting Pick:
Chanticleers 34, Trojans 24
Chanticleers at Trojans Best Bet for November 14, 2020
Like many Sunbelt affairs, the two teams each have shown an ability to score. The Chanticleers are coming off a season low in the 23-7 win over South Alabama but have topped the 40-point mark three times and twice have gone over 50. Troy’s 20-13 loss at Georgia Southern last week ended a string of four consecutive games in the 30s for the Trojans.
Chanticleers at Trojans Best Bet: OVER 54.5