Saturday, December 12, 2020, Veterans Memorial Stadium, Troy Alabama, 3 p.m. ET
Chanticleers at Trojans Betting Preview: Chanticleers (-13.5), Trojans (-13.5)
The big stage has been good for Coastal Carolina.
The No. 13 Chanticleers (10-0, 7-0 Sun Belt) are looking to back up the program’s most significant victory as they return to Sun Belt Conference competition at Troy.
“Everybody in the country knows who Coastal Carolina University is now,” Coastal Carolina offensive lineman Trey Carter said, referring to last week’s 22-17 win at BYU. “We knew we had an opportunity to show what we had, and we did that.”
Coastal Carolina will be the highest ranked team ever to visit Troy’s Veterans Memorial Stadium.
It will complete the regular season for the Chanticleers before they return home for next week’s Sun Belt championship game against No. 19 Louisiana.
“It’s crazy, but we worked hard to get there,” Carter said. “It has been a long, hard process. A lot of trials and tribulations, but we’re blessed to be in this position.”
Coastal Carolina burst onto the national scene in a big way with the thrilling victory against then-No. 13 BYU in a matchup of undefeated teams.
“We feel we can play with anybody in the country, and we proved that,” Coastal Carolina defensive end Jeffrey Gunter said.
The Chanticleers have won 11 consecutive games overall and are the only team in Sun Belt Conference history to hold a 10-0 record.
Quarterback Grayson McCall, who has thrown for 1,832 yards and 20 touchdowns this season, has been among the Chanticleers’ breakthrough players.
Running back CJ Marable has posted more than 100 rushing yards the past two games along with a team-high 16 touchdowns. He has scored in the past nine games.for the Chanticleers.
While there are numerous Sun Belt results to compare the teams, there’s also another common opponent for the Trojans and Chanticleers. Troy faced Brigham Young in September, losing 48-7 in Utah. Coastal Carolina beat BYU 22-17 on the same field last week, making a late stop at the goal line to preserve the win.
Troy hasn’t had the kind of season expected, but the Trojans (5-5,3-3 Sun Belt) did end a losing streak at three games with last week’s 29-0 blanking of South Alabama.
Quarterback Gunnar Watson went 35 of 41 passing for 297 yards and three touchdowns against the Jaguars. The Trojans had 414 yards in total offense, the sixth time they have topped the 400 mark this season. They have led at halftime in seven games.
For the season, Watson has passed for an average of 235.1 yards a game in completing 70.5 percent of his attempts with 15 touchdowns against five interceptions.
Vidal Kimani leads a struggling rushing attack with 469 yards in eight games. The Trojans have averaged only 104 yards a game on the ground. Kimani had 76 of Troy’s 117 rushing yards against South Alabama.
Kaylon Geiger leads the Trojans receivers with 55 catches for 649 yards, but Khalli McClain leads in touchdown receptions with six among his 32 catches.
Chanticleers at Trojans Betting Pick for December 12, 2020
The Trojans have won two of the three games with the Chanticleers, and the two teams have split the two meetings in Troy. The Coastal Carolina victory came last year in Conway when CJ Marable rushed for a 2-point conversion following his 3-yard touchdown run with 30 seconds left in the game.
Chanticleers at Trojans Betting Pick:
Chanticleers 35, Trojans 20
Chanticleers at Trojans Best Bet for December 12, 2020
Coastal Carolina is coming off a season scoring low with its 22-17 victory at BYU while Troy snapped a three-game skid with a 29-0 blanking of South Alabama last week. The Chanticleers have averaged 37 points a game and the Trojans have averaged only 26.1 a game.
Chanticleers at Trojans Best Bet: OVER 51.5