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Coastal Carolina Chanticleers vs. Arkansas State Red Wolves Predictions, Odds, Picks

Oct. 7, 2021
Thom Cunningham
VI Betting Expert
VegasInsider.com

A Sun Belt showdown in the Bear State is one of two college football games on Thursday night. The Arkansas State Red Wolves host the ranked Coastal Carolina Chanticleers from Centennial Bank Stadium in Jonesboro, Arkansas. The game is set to air on ESPNU at 7:30 p.m. ET.

Score Prediction: Coastal Carolina 52, Arkansas State 23

Best Bet: Coastal Carolina -19

Best Bet: Over 72.5

Coastal Carolina Chanticleers vs. Arkansas State Red Wolves Predictions

The markets in this game are a bit dicey, mainly because Chanticleer quarterback Grayson McCall might not even play the whole game. He is nursing an ankle injury but is listed as probable. However, the high -19-point spread is dangerous if the Chanticleers decide to take out McCall following a sizeable lead. A backdoor cover is very possible in this situation - so wager cautiously here. The point total might be a better market to consider if buying the above theory.

If Coastal takes McCall out after a big lead and the Red Wolves back door cover, it's more than likely going to see the total go OVER a high 72.5. The point total is very high because Coastal Carolina averages about 50 points per game (48.2 ranks second nationally), while the Arkansas State defense ranks 129th nationally (out of 130 schools) in points allowed per game with 45.6

It's unlikely the Chanticleers struggle on offense, even if McCall has to sit in favor of backups Bryce Carpenter or Jarrett Guest. The trends also support the point total going OVER a very high 72.5 - as Coastal Carolina has gone OVER the point total in 16 of its last 24 road games. The Chanticleers have also gone OVER the point total in five of seven games overall.

It's unlikely Arkansas State will reach its season average of 32 points in this game, as Coastal Carolina only allows 14 points per game which ranks seventh nationally. Assuming Arkansas State can score at least 20 points while Coastal Carolina covers a high -19-point spread, then the point total should go OVER based on that formula. Also consider the combined O/U record for these two schools is 6-4 on the season.

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Coastal Carolina Chanticleers vs. Arkansas State Red Wolves Betting Resources

  • Matchup: Sun Belt
  • Date: Thursday, October 7, 2021
  • Venue: Centennial Bank Stadium
  • Location: Jonesboro, Arkansas
  • TV-Time: ESPNU - 7:30 p.m. ET



Coastal Carolina Chanticleers Betting Analysis

Straight Up - SU, Against the Spread - ATS, Over-Under (O/U)

  • SU: 5-0
  • ATS: 3-1-1
  • O/U: 3-2
  • ATS - Home: 3-0-1
  • ATS - Away: 0-1

Betting this game comes down to the conviction one has in the playing status of McCall, so let's assume he is playing a majority of the game. The College Football Playoff seems to be wide open at the moment, so let's go with the thought that the Chanticleers want to win with style-points and blow out the Red Wolves therefore will push McCall as far as his ankle will go.

He is completing a ridiculously high 80.2% of his passes with 10 total touchdowns and only one interception, the main catalyst for the second-best offense in the nation. Two receivers compliment a very dangerous passing attack in Jaivon Heiligh and Isaiah Likely, each with four touchdowns on the year.

Reese White and Shermani Jones have had productive seasons thus far, but Jones is listed as probable due to an undisclosed reason. Either way, White is the main threat for Coastal's ground attack as he averages 7.1 yards per carry with six touchdowns on the ground. He is not the pass-catching back however - which goes to Braydon Bennett.

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