Massachusetts at Coastal Carolina: 9/25/21 College Football Picks and Prediction
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Coastal Carolina Chanticleers (3-0) vs Massachusetts Minutemen (0-3)
Game Info: Saturday, September 25, 2021 at 1:00 pm (Brooks Stadium)
Betting Odds: Coastal Carolina Chanticleers -36 -- Over/Under: 67 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The UMass Minutemen will travel to Brooks Stadium (SC) to take on the 17th ranked Coastal Carolina Chanticleers this Saturday afternoon in College Football action.
The UMass Minutemen dropped to 0-3 on the season after being defeated by the Eastern Michigan Eagles, 42-28, this past Saturday. UMass trailed by a 21-7 margin at halftime and could not fight back after a 10-yard TD run by the Eagles Jawon Hamilton gave Eastern Michigan a 35-14 lead with 12:36 left in the 4th quarter. UMass outgained Eastern Michigan by a 519-507 margin, however, lost the turnover battle by a 2-1 margin in the loss. Leading the way for the Minutemen was RB Ellis Merriweather who had 142 rushing yards on 23 carries.
On the season, UMass is averaging 21.0 ppg on 354.3 total yards per game (231.3 passing yds/g; 123.0 rushing yds/g). Offensively, UMass has been led by QB Brady Olson who has completed 53.7% of his passes for 502 yards, 5 TD, & 3 INT. Leading the way for the UMass backfield has been the duo of Ellis Merriweather (37 att, 201 yards) & Kay’Ron Adams (21 att, 66 yards, TD). The top receiving threats for the Minutemen have been Rico Arnold (8 rec, 143 yards, TD), Melvin Hill (5 rec, 86 yards, TD), Tray Pettway (6 rec, 74 yards), & Taylor Edwards (4 rec, 64 yards).
Defensively, UMass is allowing their opponents to average 46.0 ppg on 526.7 total yards per game (306.3 passing yds/g; 220.3 rushing yds/g).
The 17th ranked Coastal Carolina Chanticleers improved to 3-0 on the season after defeating the Buffalo Bulls, 28-25, this past Saturday. Coastal Carolina struggled slowing down the Buffalo rushing attack, however, was able to hold on late after a Shermari Jones 1-yard TD run gave the Chanticleers a 28-17 lead early in the 4th quarter. Coastal Carolina outgained Buffalo by a 460-408 margin, however, did lose the turnover battle by a 1-0 margin in the loss. Leading the way for the Chanticleers was RB Shermari Jones who had 149 rushing yards & 1 TD on 16 carries.
On the season, Coastal Carolina is averaging 43.0 ppg on 510.0 total yards per game (275.0 passing yds/g; 235.0 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Coastal Carolina has been led by QB Grayson McCall who had completed 78.0% of his passes for 739 yards, 6 TD, & 1 INT. The top receiving threats for McCall and the Chanticleers have been Jaivon Heiligh (16 rec, 346 yards, 3 TD), Kameron Brown (7 rec, 145 yards, 1 TD), Isaiah Likely (11 rec, 110 yards, 1 TD), & Xavier Gravette (3 rec, 72 yards, 1 TD). Leading the way for the Chanticleers backfield has been the duo of Shermari Jones (35 att, 292 yards, 3 TD) & Reese White (29 att, 210 yards, 5 TD).
Defensively, Coastal Carolina is holding their opponents to an average of 20.3 ppg on 352.3 total yards per game (132.7 passing yds/g; 219.7 rushing yds/g).
The Minutemen are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games, however, are just 3-8 ATS in their last 11 road games. The Chanticleers are 6-1-1 ATS in their last 8 home games and 9-3-1 ATS in their last 13 games overall.
Costal Carolina is no doubt the better team and here and should have no trouble securing the victory, however, this is a bunch of points to cover for a team that has struggled a bit defensively, especially against the run which ranks just 113th in College Football. UMass has an awful defense, however, their offense does have some weapons as they showed after putting up 28 points against Boston College and as I think UMass will be able to find the end zone a couple times in this one, I think the Minutemen do enough to get the cover. Good Luck.