Saturday, November 28, 2020, Bobcat Stadium, San Marcos, Texas, 3 p.m. ET
Chanticleers at Bobcats Betting Preview: Chanticleers (-16.5), Bobcats (+16.5)
No. 20 Coastal Carolina Chanticleers Betting Preview
The season couldn’t be going better for the No. 20 Chanticleers (8-0, 6-0 Sun Belt) after their monumental victory over Appalachian State last week.
“For us to be 8-0, one step closer to clinching the Eastern Division,” said Chanticleers coach Jamey Chadwell. “At the beginning of the season nobody would believe that. I’m proud of our young men and our fight.”
Coastal Carolina is the first team in conference history to hold an 8-0 record. Its latest game, a come-from-behind effort against Appalachian State, gave Coastal a 34-23 win, but it was a four-point game heading into the final minutes until D’Jordan Strong returned an interception for a touchdown with 1:20 remaining to provide the 11-point final margin.
“When we needed to make some plays, we found a way to make them,” Chadwell said.
By toppling Appalachian State, the Chanticleers beat the team that has ruled the league in recent years. But the success can’t stop there if they’re going to meet more of their goals.
“Hopefully, this is not the top moment of the year,” Chadwell said. “Hopefully, we’ve got more. Hopefully, our guys continue to earn the respect that we have and an opportunity to build a great program here in the Sun Belt.”
The Chanticleers are pleased they have overcome any glitches that arose en route to their perfect record.
“You get adversity, you keep striking,” Chadwell said. “(Our players) are tough-minded. You’re playing for a common purpose. Things aren’t always going to go your way, but they won’t waver if they believe … in each other.”
Coastal Carolina had the conference’s top defensive player last week in C.J. Brewer, who had 14 tackles. He has 46 for the season, fourth behind Silas Kelly (61), Teddy Gallagher (53, and Enock Makonzo (51).
Freshman Grayson McCall has passed for 227.6 yards a game and C.J. Marable has rushed for 435 yards to lead the offense. Receiver Jaivon Heiligh has averaged 17 yards a catch on his 38 receptions.
Texas State Bobcats Betting Preview
Texas State (2-9, 2-5) hasn’t had much success this season and the Bobcats notched their first victory since Sept. 19 by defeating Arkansas State 47-45 last week.
But they have been competitive at times.
“The thing that I’ve always talked about is that our kids fight,” Texas State coach Jake Spavital said. “They compete. They just compete. They keep showing up and they keep doing the right thing. They keep fighting.”
The Bobcats followed their 38-17 victory over Louisiana-Monroe on Sept. 19 with a near-upset at Boston College the following week. They were blowout losers to then-No. 12 Brigham Young, the most recent ranked foe they faced.
Sophomore quarterback Brady McBride of Texas State was the Offensive Player of the Week in the Sun Belt after his first start in three weeks produced 443 passing yards and five touchdowns without an interception in the Arkansas State win.
“There’s so much improvement with where he is at,” Spavital said. “I think that’s just the maturity of this system. He still has got a lot of things to go through. … Now you can kind of say he got over the hump a little bit.”
Texas State receiver/return specialist Jeremiah Haydel had 193 yards in total offense and a touchdown for the Bobcats in their latest victory.
This will be the final game of the season for Texas State.
No. 20 Chanticleers at Bobcats Betting Prediction
The Chanticleers and Bobcats have split two meetings with the Chanticleers winning 24-21 last year after the Bobcats won the initial meeting 27-7 in 2017. Both of those games were in Conway so this will be the first trip to San Marcos for the Chanticleers.
Chanticleers at Bobcats Betting Pick:
Chanticleers 35, Bobcats 17
No. 20 Chanticleers at Bobcats Best Bets
After scoring a season-low in a 23-6 win over South Alabama, the Chanticleers scored a 34-23 win over Appalachian State last week, though the final touchdown came on an interception return late in the game. Of the nine losses for the Bobcats, two were by three points and one was by two. They have averaged just under 29 points a game with a high of 48 in a three-point loss Texas-San Antonio.
Chanticleers at Bobcats Best Bet: UNDER 58.5
–Field Level Media