No. 13 Coastal Carolina Chanticleers at Troy Trojans Betting Preview

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

No. 20 Coastal Carolina Chanticleers at Texas State Bobcats Betting Preview

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