Saturday, November 21, 2020, Brooks Stadium, Conway, South Carolina, noon ET
Mountaineers at Chanticleers Betting Preview: Mountaineers (+5.5), Chanticleers (-5.5)
Appalachian State Mountaineers Betting Preview
Appalachian State (6-1, 4-0 Sun Belt) owns a 183-81 scoring advantage in winning five straight games since a 17-7 loss at Marshall on Sept. 19.
But it is uncertain if star quarterback Zac Thomas (1,285 passing yards, 12 touchdowns, five interceptions; 275 rushing yards) will be available Saturday. He suffered apparent whiplash in last weekend’s 17-13 comeback win over Georgia State.
“Zac was back in the building (on Sunday) and looked good,” Mountaineers coach Shawn Clark said. “It’s going to be day-to-day.”
If Thomas is unable to play, senior backup Jacob Huesman, who guided the Mountaineers to a go-ahead and eventual game-winning touchdown in the fourth quarter against Georgia State, would likely get the start.
“Jacob Huesman has been a backup here his entire career,” Clark said, “and he’s practiced like a starter every single practice.
“He was ready when his number was called.”
Thomas went 19-of-23 for 246 yards with two touchdowns and an interception during the Mountaineers’ 56-37 home win over Coastal Carolina last season. Coastal’s CJ Marable (370 rushing yards, five touchdowns) ran for 95 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries in last season’s game versus Appalachian State.
The Mountaineers have dropped seven straight games against ranked opponents since their historic 34-32 upset of No. 5 Michigan on Sept. 1, 2007 in Ann Arbor.
No. 15 Coastal Carolina Chanticleers Betting Preview
It has been a historic season for No. 15 Coastal Carolina (7-0, 5-0 Sun Belt) in just its fourth as a full-time FBS program. The Chanticleers have secured their first winning season at that level, and a win here would make them the first Sun Belt team to start 8-0.
Coastal, however, must shake off any rust that might have built up after last weekend’s scheduled game with Troy was postponed due to COVID-19 issues within the Trojans’ program. That game was rescheduled for next month.
“It’s unfortunate that we (could not play Troy),” said coach Jamey Chadwell, who is reportedly to be under consideration for the recently vacated South Carolina coaching job.
“Our team has really worked hard all season long and we (were) ready to play. Now, we turn our attention on (Appalachian State).”
Coastal has been outscored 246-118 while losing its six all-time meetings with the Mountaineers, who are one-half game back of the Chanticleers in the East Division. Coastal Carolina is allowing just 16.3 points per contest and gave up six over the last two games – all coming during a 23-6 win over South Alabama on Nov. 7 – and has not yielded a touchdown in 10 consecutive quarters.
The Chanticleers also boast perhaps the league’s top player in quarterback Grayson McCall (1,393 passing yards, 16 touchdowns, one interception). He threw for 209 yards and ran for 72 against South Alabama in the 23-6 win over South Alabama in the Chanticleers’ most recent contest.
Mountaineers at Chanticleers Betting Pick
The Mountaineers have won all six meetings in the series, winning last year 56-37 in Boone. Both teams have wins over Arkansas State (Coastal Carolina 52-23 and Appalachian State 45-17); Georgia State (Coastal Carolina 51-0 and Appalachian State 17-13); and Campbell (Coast Carolina 43-21 and Appalachian State 52-21).
Mountaineers at Chanticleers Betting Pick:
Chanticleers 28, Mountaineers 17
Mountaineers at Chanticleers Best Bet
The Chanticleers are coming off their lowest scoring game of the season, a 23-6 win over South Alabama after their game against Troy was postponed last week. The Mountaineers got by Georgia State 17-13 in their closest game since a 17-7 loss at Marshall on Sept. 19.
Mountaineers at Chanticleers Best Bet: UNDER 48.5
–Field Level Media