Jacksonville State vs Coastal Carolina Prediction - College Football Picks 9/9/23

Coastal Carolina Chanticleers (0-1) vs Jacksonville State Gamecocks (2-0)

Game Info: Saturday, September 9, 2023 at 7:00 pm (Brooks Stadium)

Betting Odds: Coastal Carolina Chanticleers -14 -- Over/Under: 60.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Jacksonville State Gamecocks will play the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers in a non-conference game on Saturday night at Brooks Stadium in Conway, South Carolina. Jacksonville State has started the season 2-0, while Coastal Carolina lost their first game of the season at UCLA in Week 1. 

Jacksonville State Preview

The Jacksonville State Gamecocks are 2-0 this season after they defeated ETSU by a score of 49-3 last week. Jacksonville State trailed 3-0 early in the first quarter, but they scored three touchdowns to lead 21-3 at the half. The Gamecocks scored 28 unanswered points in the second half to cruise to the victory. Jacksonville State out gained ETSU by a total of 364-204 and forced four turnovers in the win. Jacksonville State is averaging 33 points per game, 222.5 rushing yards per game, and 97 passing yards per game this season. Logan Smothers has thrown for 127 yards and one touchdown, while Zion Webb has thrown for 67 yards for Jacksonville State. Malik Jackson has rushed for 176 yards and two scores, while Ron Wiggins has caught four passes for 38 yards this year. Jacksonville State had a very nice win against UTEP in Week 0, but they need to find a way to move the ball through the air. 

Coastal Carolina Preview

The Coastal Carolina Chanticleers are 0-1 this season after they lost to UCLA by a score of 27-13 in Week 1. Coastal Carolina played well enough to stay in this game and they only trailed 14-6 at the half. The Chanticleers scored the only points in the third quarter and trailed 14-13 heading to the fourth quarter. That was as close as they would get, as UCLA scored 13 unanswered points to close out the game. Coastal Carolina was out gained by a total of 417-345 and turned the ball over three times in the loss. The Chanticleers threw for 289 yards and rushed for 56 yards, while going 8-16 on third down attempts and 1-2 on fourth down. Grayson McCall threw for 271 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions in the loss. Reese White rushed for 21 yards, while Sam Pinckney caught nine passes for 139 yards and one score. The Coastal Carolina defense gave up over 400 yards, but they were able to limit the damage and played pretty well. 

Coastal Carolina Chanticleers Team Facts

  • Coastal Carolina has won each of its last nine home games in September.
  • Coastal Carolina has failed to cover the spread in each of its last four games as a favorite.
  • Each of Coastal Carolina's last three home openers have gone OVER the total points line.

Jacksonville State Gamecocks Team Facts

  • Jacksonville State has lost four of its last five road games in September.
  • Jacksonville State has covered the spread in three of its last four road games against non-conference opponents.
  • Five of Jacksonville State's last six games against non-AP-ranked teams have gone UNDER the total points line.

Matchup/League Facts

  • Coastal Carolina ranked T16th among FBS teams for Q4 points per game last season (9.2).
  • Coastal Carolina was one of only 26 FBS teams to win 2+ games when trailing after Q3 last season.

Pick

Coastal Carolina may have lost their first game, but they should feel good about their effort, as losing 27-13 at UCLA is nothing to be ashamed of. Jacksonville State is 2-0 already, but this will be the best opponent they have faced this season. The Chanticleers have a very good quarterback and I don’t think Jacksonville State will be able to hang with them. The Gamecocks offense hasn’t been great, especially their passing attack, which they will need in this game. Take Coastal Carolina to win by a couple of scores in this game. 

David’s Pick Coastal Carolina -14

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