• Coastal Carolina Finally Met Their Match
  • Logjam in the Sun Belt East
  • Troy Defense Can Make it Tough on Coastal 

Coastal Carolina was forced to play big boy football last week against Appalachian State and it didn’t turn out so great for the Chanticleers, as they were handed their first regular-season loss since November 23, 2019, in a 45-42 defeat by Louisiana-Monroe. In its first significant contest of 2021, Coastal Carolina was beaten 30-27 to fall to 6-1 on the season and is now in a four-way tie in the Sun Belt East, a group that also includes Troy.

Troy vs Coastal Carolina Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: College Football
  • Teams: Tory at Coastal Carolina
  • Where: Conway, South Carolina, Brooks Stadium
  • Date: October 28th
  • Betting Odds:
    • Spread: Troy +18 (-115), Coastal Carolina -18 (-105)
    • Moneyline: Troy +630, Coastal Carolina -950
    • Total: 52 (-110 oi/u) at PointsBet

Troy Preview: Defense, Defense, Defense

With the exception of their opening game 55-3 beat down of FCS member Southern, all of Troy’s games have been decided by 13 points or less, including the last two, both Trojan victories by three points over Georgia Southern and Texas State to improve to 4-3. For the season, Troy is giving up less than 20 points a game, 28th out of 130 FBS teams.

Troy is seventh in the country in total yards allowed, giving up just 286 yards per game with 95 yards coming on the ground at 2.6 yards per carry. The weakness for the Trojans is on the offensive side of the ball, where they are 89th in the FBS in scoring, mainly because they’re having problems moving the ball on the ground while completing 68% of their passing attempts.

Coastal Carolina Preview: In a Dog Fight for the Division

The Chanticleers will be looking to rebound with a midweek victory after falling to 24th in the polls although there is no way they deserve that lofty ranking, especially given the softness of their schedule. Because of a pair of Appalachian State turnovers, the final score was much closer than the statistics would have indicated.

Coastal Carolina was held to 55 yards rushing and less than two yards an attempt by Appalachian State and they’ll be facing another tough running defense Thursday night. The Chanticleers will need to generate more yardage on the ground and control a mediocre Troy offense if they want to avoid a second consecutive Sun Belt loss.

Odds & Free Betting Analysis for This College Football Game

Coastal Carolina is at -18 over a team that hasn’t been beaten by more than 13 points and plays tough defense. They ran up an impressive record against a soft schedule but Appalachian State exposed some weaknesses in the Coastal offense by playing tough defense, the same style that Troy will employ to slow down the Chanticleers’ attack.

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Kevin Krest is the author of the PK Frazier series of four novels and the Beyond the Commentary blog with over 500 posts about the world of sports. Kevin covers golf, football and horse racing for and holds media credentials from the USGA, PGA, LPGA and Oaklawn Park.
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