Coastal Carolina Chanticleers 2021 College Football Preview
Created July 11, 2021
Record – 11-1
ATS – 8-4
Yes, guy. That was fun.
The Chanticleers rattled off a PERFECT regular season (11-0) that included wins over Louisiana, Appalachian St, and BYU. The win over the Cougars was one of the best games of the year and BYU came within feet of winning the game on the last play. Sadly, the Sun Belt Championship Game was called off, and the Chanticleers were declared co-champs along with the Ragin’ Cajuns. Coastal Carolina and Liberty treated us to a great Cure Bowl and the Flames ruined Coastal’s perfect season with a 37-34 OT win.
Coastal Carolina Chanticleers 2021 Outlook
Grayson McCall was one of the best QBs in all of college football LY and put up phenomenal numbers in leading his team to an 11-1 record. McCall had an insane 26-3 TD to INT ratio and completed 69% of his passes at 10 (!) yards per attempt. He also rushed for 569 yards and 7 TDs. McCall has his top-3 targets returning including WR Jaivon Heiligh (998, 15.4, 10 TD) and the impossibly-talented TE Isaiah Likely who averaged 20 (!) YPC on 30 grabs (5 TD). Losing CJ Marable at RB is a yuuuuge blow (887, 12 TD; 31 receptions, 7 TD) (!) and he’ll be tough to replace. The good news is that the #2 and #3 RBs (White, Jones) rushed for over 1,000 (!) yards and 13 TDs. The entire starting offensive line is back and they will have another fantastic season. They paved the way for 5.1 YPC LY (#4 Sun Belt) whilst allowing a mere 14 sacks (#2 sacks/game Sun Belt). The Chanticleers should be balanced and dangerous once again in 2021.
Coastal Carolina was strong on this side of the ball as well LY as they ranked #3 in the Sun Belt in total defense (352 YPG) and #2 in scoring defense (20.3 PPG). They banked 34 (!) sacks and forced 25 turnovers (both #2 Sun Belt). Ten starters return on D but the only omission is their fine DE Tarron Jackson who led the team in sacks LY (8.5) whilst registering a mind-boggling 18 QBH. Jackson was named Sun Belt DPOY and is off to the NFL (Eagles). As hard as it is to believe, they still have the best DL in the conference with the return of 3rd Team AA DT CJ Brewer (6.5 sacks), DE/LB Jeffrey Gunter (6.5 sacks, 12 QBH) and the addition of transfer Manny Johnson from Georgia Tech. Leading tackler Silas Kelly is back at LB and the secondary returns every starter including 1st Team Sun Belt member CB D’Jordan Strong. They also add some interesting transfers to make this unit even stronger.
The kicking game is in good shape with the return of PK Massimo Biscardi (11/13 FG LY) and senior punter Charles Ouverson (37.6 net). Their return game was MEH in 2020 but you know they have the athletes on board to GIT ER DONE.
Overall – It’s CHARMIN SOFT. They miss Louisiana from the West and the non-conference slate should be a cakewalk.
Potential ATS Trouble Spot – at Arkansas St (October 7th)
The only game that matters is the following week (at Appalachian St) and the Red Wolves are capable of SCORING the FOOTBALL.
Season Win Total
per 5Dimes July 12
Over 10 +105
Under 10 -125
Not much room for error but it’s hard to see this team losing three regular season games and smoking your wager.
In addition to overwhelming the opposition with RAW TALENT the Chanticleers played smart in 2020. They were +13 in turnover margin (#1 FBS), #8 in TOP (33:50), and #6 in penalty yards/game.
It’s Sun Belt Championship or BUST. This team is absolutely loaded and the schedule shouldn’t be a problem. The October visit to Boone, North Carolina LOOMS LARGE as the winner of that game will be a yuuuuge favorite to win the Sun Belt West division.
Good luck, Chanticleers!
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