Coastal Carolina vs Georgia State Prediction, Game Preview

Coastal Carolina vs Georgia State game preview, prediction, and breakdown for the Week 4 game on Thursday, September 22

Coastal Carolina vs Georgia State prediction, game preview, how to watch. Week 4, Thursday, September 22


Coastal Carolina vs Georgia State How To Watch

Date: Thursday, September 22
Game Time: 7:30 ET
Venue: Center Parc Stadium, Atlanta, GA
How To Watch: ESPNU
Record: Coastal Carolina (3-0), Georgia State (0-3)
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Coastal Carolina vs Georgia State Game Preview

Why Coastal Carolina Will Win

Where’s it all going wrong for Georgia State?

This is a veteran team that was supposed to be solid. Losing to South Carolina and North Carolina weren’t any big deal, but dropping the 42-41 home game to a struggling Charlotte squad was disastrous.

The Panthers are rolling up the yards, but they’re not playing a lick of defense, there hasn’t been a penalty they don’t seem to enjoy committing, and …

Time of possession. If you can’t control the clock, you can’t get by Coastal Carolina. Ask Army how that works.

Georgia State is holding the ball for just over 25 minutes per game. That equals death against a Coastal Carolina offense that rolls when it’s able to hit the third down conversions. However …

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Why Georgia State Will Win

The Chanticleers are scuffling a bit.

They shocked Army 38-28 to open the season, but needed everything in the bag to get by Gardner-Webb and last week had to work too much to get by Buffalo. And what’s been the big problem?

Turnovers. The defense has forced nine over the last two games, but the six given away made life difficult.

Gardner-Webb threw at will, Buffalo was able to stay alive on the takeaways, and Georgia State needs all of that.

The Panther ground game has been fantastic, the big plays were there, and …

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What’s Going To Happen

Coastal Carolina is just too efficient.

As rough as things have been over the 3-0 start, the Chanticleer run defense – even against Army – has been outstanding.

That’s good, but Grayson McCall and the passing game continue to be among the nation’s most effective, and the Panther secondary hasn’t appreciably improved since getting hit for over 400 yards and five touchdowns by Charlotte’s Chris Reynolds last week.

This is going to be a wild, fun game to get the college football weekend going.

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Coastal Carolina vs Georgia State Prediction, Line

Coastal Carolina 38, Georgia State 34
Line: Coastal Carolina -1.5, o/u: 62
ATS Confidence out of 5: 2
Coastal Carolina vs Georgia State Must See Rating (out of 5): 3

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Buffalo vs Coastal Carolina Prediction, Game Preview

Buffalo vs Coastal Carolina game preview, prediction, and breakdown for the Week 3 game on Saturday, September 17

Buffalo vs Coastal Carolina prediction, game preview, how to watch. Week 3, Saturday, September 17


Buffalo vs Coastal Carolina How To Watch

Date: Saturday, September 17
Game Time: 1:00 ET
Venue: Brooks Stadium, Conway, SC
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Record: Buffalo (0-2), Coastal Carolina (2-0)
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Buffalo vs Coastal Carolina Game Preview

Why Buffalo Will Win

The Bulls might be struggling to start the season – there are forces against you when when you lose at home to Holy Cross on a Hail Mary – but the passing game worked last week, the team has yet to turn the ball over, and it’s got the makeup to do a whole lot more with the running game.

Coastal Carolina is getting lit up through the air – Army was able to go off on the Chanticleer secondary … ARMY – and it took five takeaways to save the team in a shootout against Gardner-Webb.

Just don’t make a slew of big mistakes, grind the running game, and see what happens.

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Why Coastal Carolina Will Win

Coastal Carolina is controlling the clock.

It was able to beat Army at its own game by owning the pace, and Grayson McCall and the passing game were great last week keeping up with Gardner-Webb.

The special teams have been great, the offense is efficient, and overall, the team should be able to dominate the tempo and keep the UB O off the field.

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What’s Going To Happen

The Gardner-Webb game was a tad disturbing, but Coastal Carolina will be more balanced this week, the ground game will start working again, and Buffalo will sputter a bit too often to keep it close.

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Buffalo vs Coastal Carolina Prediction, Line

Coastal Carolina 38, Buffalo 17
Line: Coastal Carolina -14, o/u: 59.5
ATS Confidence out of 5: 3.5
Buffalo vs Coastal Carolina Must See Rating (out of 5): 2

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Army vs Coastal Carolina Prediction, Game Preview

Army vs Coastal Carolina game preview, prediction, and breakdown for the Week 1 game on Saturday, September 3

Army vs Coastal Carolina prediction, game preview, how to watch. Week 1, Saturday, September 3


Army vs Coastal Carolina How To Watch

Date: Saturday, September 3
Game Time: 7:00 ET
Venue: Brooks Stadium, Conway, SC
How To Watch: ESPN+
Record: Army (0-0), Coastal Carolina (0-0)
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Army vs Coastal Carolina Game Preview

Why Army Will Win

As always with Army you have to cut to the chase.

Can Coastal Carolina stop the run? It was okay at stopping the run last season, and overall it was good and should be again, but the defense is all but starting over at linebacker.

The last thing you want in the opening game of the season against Army is a slew of newbies in the back seven who haven’t seen and done it all.

On the other side, the Army defense is built to deal with the way the Chanticleers spread things out. The secondary is full of veterans, the linebacking corps can move, and All-America talent Andre Carter will require all the focus of the Coastal Carolina blocking scheme.

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Why Coastal Carolinas Will Win

Coastal Carolina might be able to beat Army at its own game.

It’s all about the system and the parts that fit together when it comes to the Black Knights. They have to own third downs and they have to dominate the time of possession battle.

Coastal Carolina might work quickly and with a good pace and rhythm, but it controls the clock. It held the ball for over 31 minutes a game and was No. 1 in the nation in third down conversions.

QB Grayson McCall is experienced enough to make the quick reads needed to get the ball out of his hands with Carter bearing down, and the offense should be a lot more dink and dunk than Army might like.

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What’s Going To Happen

It’s one of those fun tone-setter games for the season that’s going to fly under the radar.

Army follows this up with UTSA, Villanova, and Georgia State before going to Wake Forest. If this team plays up to its potential, this is a four game season – throw Air Force and Navy in there with Wake Forest – and this is one of them.

Coastal Carolina has a slew of nasty Sun Belt road games – Georgia State, Marshall – and has to deal with Virginia. If it wants a magical year, it can’t lose this.

The Chanticleers will struggle early on, but the defense will start to figure it out by the second half, and McCall and the offense will do its part when it comes to ball control.

This game will take about 90 minutes to get through with the clock always running.

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Army vs Coastal Carolina Prediction, Line

Coastal Carolina 27, Army 24
Line: Coastal Carolina -2.5, o/u: 53.5
ATS Confidence out of 5: 1.5

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Sun Belt Preseason Predictions For Every Game: Preview 2022

Sun Belt predictions for every team and every game in the 2022 college football season

The Sun Belt just got a whole lot more interesting with the addition of Marshall, Old Dominion, and Southern Miss from Conference USA – and getting them a year before it seemed possible – and also brought in FCS powerhouse James Madison to a be a part of the fun.

The divisions are staying for now, but the great additions will make it far, far tougher for Appalachian State, Coastal Carolina, and Louisiana to keep on dominating – even though they might not take that big a step back, if any.

While it might seem a bit cut-and-dry with the way the league is set up, watch out for some potentially big moves from some teams that struggled. The problem will be the schedules for Troy, South Alabama, and Arkansas State. Georgia State and Old Dominion programs that got to bowl games last season will have to fight, too.

The Sun Belt is stronger than ever and the season should be the best yet. The Sun Belt predictions for 2022 are …

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Sun Belt Preseason Predictions: West

Sun Belt East Predicted Finish

1. Coastal Carolina
2. Appalachian State
T3. Georgia State
T3. Marshall
T5. Georgia Southern
T5. James Madison
T5. Old Dominion

Appalachian State Mountaineers

2022 Preseason Prediction: 8-4
2022 Sun Belt Prediction: 6-1
2021: 10-4, Prediction: 9-3
2020: 9-3, 2019: 13-1, 2018: 11-2

Sept 3 North Carolina L
Sept 10 at Texas A&M L
Sept 17 at Troy W
Sept 24 James Madison W
Oct 1 The Citadel W
Oct 8 at Texas State W
Oct 15 OPEN DATE
Oct 19 Georgia State W
Oct 29 Robert Morris W
Nov 3 at Coastal Carolina L
Nov 12 at Marshall L
Nov 19 Old Dominion W
Nov 26 at Georgia Southern W
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Coastal Carolina Chanticleers

2022 Preseason Prediction: 10-2
2022 Sun Belt Prediction: 7-1
2021: 11-2, Prediction: 10-2
2020: 11-1, 2019: 5-7, 2018: 5-7

Sept 3 Army W
Sept 10 Gardner-Webb W
Sept 17 Buffalo W
Sept 22 at Georgia State W
Oct 1 Georgia Southern W
Oct 8 at ULM W
Oct 15 Old Dominion W
Oct 22 OPEN DATE
Oct 29 at Marshall L
Nov 3 Appalachian State W
Nov 12 Southern Miss W
Nov 19 at Virginia L
Nov 26 at James Madison W
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Georgia Southern Eagles

2022 Preseason Prediction: 5-7
2022 Sun Belt Prediction: 3-5
2021: 3-9, Prediction: 6-6
2020: 8-5, 2019: 7-6, 2018: 10-3

Sept 3 Morgan State W
Sept 10 at Nebraska L
Sept 17 at UAB L
Sept 24 Ball State W
Oct 1 at Coastal Carolina L
Oct 8 at Georgia State L
Oct 15 James Madison W
Oct 22 at Old Dominion L
Oct 29 OPEN DATE
Nov 5 South Alabama W
Nov 10 at Louisiana L
Nov 19 Marshall W
Nov 26 Appalachian State L
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Georgia State Panthers

2022 Preseason Prediction: 6-6
2022 Sun Belt Prediction: 5-3
2021: 8-5, Prediction: 6-6
2020: 6-4, 2019: 7-6, 2018: 2-10

Sept 3 at South Carolina L
Sept 10 North Carolina L
Sept 17 Charlotte W
Sept 22 Coastal Carolina L
Oct 1 at Army L
Oct 8 Georgia Southern W
Oct 15 OPEN DATE
Oct 19 at Appalachian State L
Oct 29 Old Dominion W
Nov 5 at Southern Miss W
Nov 12 ULM W
Nov 19 at James Madison W
Nov 26 at Marshall L
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James Madison Dukes

2021 Preseason Prediction: 5-7
2021 Sun Belt Prediction: 3-5
2021: 12-2, 2020: 7-1, 2019: 14-2, 2018: 9-4

Sept 3 Middle Tennessee W
Sept 10 Norfolk State W
Sept 17 OPEN DATE
Sept 24 at Appalachian State L
Oct 1 Texas State W
Oct 8 at Arkansas State W
Oct 15 at Georgia Southern L
Oct 22 Marshall W
Oct 27 OPEN DATE
Nov 5 at Louisville L
Nov 12 at Old Dominion L
Nov 19 Georgia State L
Nov 26 Coastal Carolina L
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Marshall Thundering Herd

2022 Preseason Prediction: 8-4
2022 Sun Belt Prediction: 5-3
2021: 7-6, Prediction: 9-3
2020: 7-3, 2019: 8-5, 2018: 9-4

Sept 3 Norfolk State W
Sept 10 at Notre Dame L
Sept 17 at Bowling Green W
Sept 24 at Troy L
Oct 1 Gardner-Webb W
Oct 8 OPEN DATE
Oct 12 Louisiana W
Oct 22 at James Madison L
Oct 29 Coastal Carolina W
Nov 5 at Old Dominion W
Nov 12 Appalachian State W
Nov 19 at Georgia Southern L
Nov 26 Georgia State W
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Old Dominion Monarchs

2022 Preseason Prediction: 4-8
2022 Sun Belt Prediction: 3-5
2021: 6-7, Prediction: 2-10
2020: 0-0, 2019: 1-11, 2018: 4-8

Sept 2 Virginia Tech L
Sept 10 at East Carolina L
Sept 17 at Virginia L
Sept 24 Arkansas State W
Oct 1 Liberty W
Oct 8 OPEN DATE
Oct 15 at Coastal Carolina L
Oct 22 Georgia Southern W
Oct 29 at Georgia State L
Nov 5 Marshall L
Nov 12 James Madison W
Nov 19 at Appalachian State L
Nov 26 at South Alabama L
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CFN Preseason All-Sun Belt Football Team, Top 30 Players: Preview 2022

Who are the best players in the Sun Belt going into the 2022 college football season? They’re highlighted in the CFN 2022 Preseason All-Sun Belt team and top 30 players

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2022 Preseason CFN Sun Belt Offensive Player of the Year

QB Grayson McCall, Jr. Coastal Carolina

The star in the emergence of Coastal Carolina football, McCall has been one of the nation’s most efficient and effective passers over the last two seasons hitting 71% of his throws for close to 5.400 yards with 53 touchdowns and six picks.

He’s able to run – 870 yards and 11 career touchdowns – hit the deep ball, and get the high-octane attack rolling at will. Coastal Carolina has some rebuilding to do, but McCall will make everyone around him better.

2022 Preseason CFN Sun Belt Defensive Player of the Year

LB Carlton Martial, Sr. Troy

The newly configured Sun Belt is loaded with do-it-all linebackers, but no one does-it-all more more than Martial. He’s not all that big, but the 5-9, 210-pound flash gets all over the field as a bit of a hybrid playmaker.

Going into his fifth season, he already has 443 tackles, ten sacks, 47.5 tackles for loss, and five picks with seven forced fumbles on the resumé.

College Football News 2022 Preseason All-Sun Belt Team: Offense

QB Grayson McCall, Jr. Coastal Carolina

RB Rasheen Ali, Soph. Marshall

RB Nate Noel, Jr. Appalachian State

WR Ali Jennings, Jr. Old Dominion

WR Kris Thornton, Sr. James Madison

TE Zack Kuntz, Jr. Old Dominion

OT Cooper Hodges, Sr. Appalachian State

OG Khalil Crowder, Sr. Georgia Southern

C Malik Sumter, Sr. Georgia State

OG Willie Lampkin, Jr. Coastal Carolina

OT Austin Stidham, Sr. Troy

College Football News 2022 Preseason All-Sun Belt Team: Defense

DE/EDGE Javon Solomon, Soph. Troy

DT Zi’Yon Hill, Sr. Louisiana

DT Will Choloh, Sr. Troy

DE Josaiah Stewart, Soph. Coastal Carolina

LB Kivon Bennett, Sr. Arkansas State

LB Nick Hampton, Sr. Appalachian State

LB Carlton Martial, Sr. Troy

CB Derrick Canteen, Jr. Georgia Southern

S Antavious Lane, Jr. Georgia State

S Anthony Wilson, Jr. Georgia Southern

CB Steven Gilmore, Sr. Marshall

College Football News 2022 Preseason All-Sun Belt Team: Special Teams

PK Seth Keller, PK Jr. Texas State

P Rhys Byrns, Sr. Louisiana

KR LaMareon James, Soph. Old Dominion

PR Isaiah Paige, Soph. Old Dominion

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Georgia State | James Madison
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Texas State | Troy | ULM
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College Football News 2022 Preseason Top 30 Sun Belt Players

30. Nick Kidwell, OT Jr. James Madison

29. Steven Jones, CB Sr. Appalachian State

28. Hayes Maples, LB Jr. Southern Miss

27. Cooper Hodges, OT Sr. Appalachian State

26. James Blackman, QB Sr. Arkansas State

25. Micah Abraham, CB Jr. Marshall

24. Zack Kuntz, TE Jr. Old Dominion

23. Keith Gallmon, S Sr. South Alabama

22. Malik Sumter, C Sr. Georgia State

21. Javon Solomon, LB/EDGE Soph. Troy

20. Darren Grainger, QB Sr. Georgia State

19. Willie Lampkin, OG Jr. Coastal Carolina

18. Eric Garror, Sr. CB/KR Louisiana

17. Quavian White, CB Sr. Georgia State

16. Kris Thornton, WR Sr. James Madison

15. D’Jordan Strong, CB Sr. Coastal Carolina

14. Anthony Wilson, S Jr. Georgia Southern

13. Austin Stidham, OT Sr. Troy

12. Zi’Yon Hill, DT Sr. Louisiana

11. Derrick Canteen, CB Jr. Georgia Southern

10. Abraham Beauplan, LB Sr. Marshall

9. Antavious Lane, S Jr. Georgia State

8. Steven Gilmore, CB Sr. Marshall

7. Kivon Bennett, LB Sr. Arkansas State

6. Darrell Luter, CB Sr. South Alabama

5. Nick Hampton, LB Sr. Appalachian State

4. Josaiah Stewart, DE Soph. Coastal Carolina

3. Carlton Martial, LB Sr. Troy

2. Rasheen Ali, RB Soph. Marshall

1. Grayson McCall, QB Jr. Coastal Carolina

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Appalachian State | Arkansas State | Coastal Carolina 
Georgia Southern | 
Georgia State | James Madison
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Southern Miss
Texas State | Troy | ULM
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Coastal Carolina Chanticleers Preview 2022: Season Prediction, Breakdown, Key Games, Players

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Head Coach: Jamey Chadwell, 5th year at Coastal Carolina, 30-19
13th year overall, 90-54, 2021 Preview
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Coastal Carolina Chanticleers Preview 2022

And now the real work begins.

Coastal Carolina proved the 2020 breakthrough season wasn’t a fluke with a fantastic 11-2 run that might have fallen short of a Sun Belt title, but was still impressive.

Not only did the Chanticleers keep it all going, and not only did they win a bowl game, but those two losses came by a grand total of five points.

That was amazing, but now the Sun Belt is stronger, Coastal Carolina is a circle game on the schedule, and there’s a whole lot of experience and talent to replace on both sides of the ball.

Head coach Jamey Chadwell has the right offensive system, and he’s got the quarterback in Grayson McCall. Other than that, the program has as big a rebuild as any in college football.

It might be a fight to come close to the success of the last two years, but with McCall, and with the systems in place, Coastal Carolina might still be one of the stars of the Sun Belt.

Coastal Carolina Chanticleers Preview 2022: Offense

Grayson McCall might not have been the pro prospect many are/were projecting, but his decision to return for another year means the high-powered offense has its guy to make all the new guys better.

Coastal Carolina led the nation in third down conversions and passing efficiency, and was fifth overall averaging 495 yards per game. The downfield plays should still be there, and the running game will still bust off big plays with the big holes the offense creates. But it all comes down to McCall. As long as he’s running the show, the O will work. But …

Who will McCall throw to? Leading receiver Jaivon Heiligh is done, and TE Isaiah Likely is about to be a factor for the Baltimore Ravens. RB Braydon Bennett is the leading returning receiver with 24 grabs. but no one else returning caught more than six passes.

The offensive line should be a positive with some time. All-star guard Willie Lampkin is the anchor, and the good depth of last year should be able to take over right away – these guys know the system. 1,040-yard rusher Shermari Jones is done, but Bennett can handle a bigger role and speedy Reese White ran for 515 yards last season.

Coastal Carolina Chanticleers Preview 2022: Defense

The offense gets all the headlines and love, but the Coastal Carolina defense has done its part, too. It allowed fewer yards per play than the 2020 version, it gave up more than 25 points just four times, and held teams to under 100 rushing yards five times in the last ten games.

But like the offense, there are wholesale changes with the back seven gutted. However …

The line is okay, even with the loss of star DT CJ Brewer. Josaiah Stewart had a huge freshman season with 12.5 sacks, there’s size on the inside with 345-pound Jerrold Clark on the nose, and overall there shouldn’t be a big step back in production. But …

Just about every key tackler from the linebacking corps is gone. The group isn’t totally starting from scratch – a few guys who saw time last year are around – but this will be one of the team’s biggest areas of early concern.

D’Jordan Strong is one of the Sun Belt’s best all-around corners. He’s back along with three good backups from last year who should be able to step up and produce without a problem.

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The Sun Belt just got a whole lot bigger, cooler, and more interesting with a shocking expansion that should take the conference up another level.

FCS powerhouse James Madison gets to join in right away, and Marshall, Old Dominion, and Southern Miss were able to leave Conference USA and get in for the 2022 football season.

Here’s the problem – several Sun Belt programs that made strides last year are going to have tougher schedules to deal with. Several teams should be better, but might not have the results to show it.

The rankings are based on how good the teams should be and not the final projected records. Keeping in mind that this all could/might/will change when we make the final calls in August …

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18. All of a sudden, the Sun Belt has become the cool conference

22 College Football Thoughts For 2022
22. College football is changing, and it’s okay
21, Texas & Oklahoma, you really want the SEC?
20. SEC is really, really good if you like it or not
19. James Madison, welcome to the show

The conference has only been doing football since 2001, and it was always the land of the paycheck programs – the ones the big boys scheduled for an easy 55-3 win on Homecoming.

In one of the shockers of the conference realignment changes over the last year, the Sun Belt wasn’t picked off in the expansion run. Instead, it added James Madison from the FCS and snagged Marshall, Southern Miss, and Old Dominion from Conference USA.

It was a battle to see if Conference USA could hold on to the Thundering Herd, the Golden Eagles, and the Monarchs through the football season, but the divorce is final, and those three are getting remarried right away to go along with a fun James Madison program.

How ugly did it get? Both Conference USA and the Sun Belt released their 2022 schedules including those three teams, but the Sun Belt has their teams.

The Sun Belt East will be made up of Appalachian State, Coastal Carolina, Georgia Southern, Georgia State, James Madison, Marshall, and Old Dominion. The West will be Arkansas State, Louisiana, South Alabama, Southern Miss, Texas State, Troy, and ULM.

No, it’s not time for the SEC to start shaking, but it’s an amazing story that the Sun Belt is not only surviving, but it’s getting a whole lot stronger and more entertaining.

22 College Football Thoughts For 2022
22. College football is changing, and it’s okay
21, Texas & Oklahoma, you really want the SEC?
20. SEC is really, really good if you like it or not
19. James Madison, welcome to the show

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Coastal Carolina vs Northern Illinois Cure Bowl 5 Thoughts, Instant Reaction, Final Score

5 Thoughts and Instant Reaction to Coastal Carolina’s Cure Bowl win over Northern Illinois.

Coastal Carolina vs Northern Illinois. 5 thoughts and instant reaction after the 47-41 win by the Chanticleers in the Cure Bowl.


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Coastal Carolina 47, Northern Illinois 41: Tailgreeter Cure Bowl

5. Let’s start with the end

For those who didn’t see it, down 47-41 in the final moments, Northern Illinois was deep in Coastal Carolina territory with time winding down. On 4th and 1, QB Rocky Lombardi connected with Miles Joiner for a four-yard play, Joiner hit the ground and the ball fell out of bounds.

It was ruled a catch, the officials weren’t sure, they got the ball to the line as the clock kept rolling, and Northern Illinois didn’t get another snap when it probably should’ve had one last-gasp tick on the final play.

Maybe.

It was all messed up, but even with the sloppy ending it was still a fantastic game.

4. It was a great showcase for both conferences

The star of the MAC this season showed off what life is going to be like under Thomas Hammock going forward.

The Northern Illinois program went from winless last year, to the conference championship, to within a tick of a huge bowl victory. It did it by being physical, tough, and with runners who kept working their way down the field. It was a power win by the MAC’s power team.

Coastal Carolina showed off just how fun the Sun Belt is. This was the offense and the team everyone fell in love with last year, and this win proved the program is going to keep on rolling.

It was the best of what both Group of Five conferences can be.

3. Northern Illinois was terrific … on offense

A 12-point underdog, the MAC Champion was totally disrespected – and it played like it from the start.

Yeah, the Coastal Carolina offense ripped through the Huskie defense without a problem, but the other side of the ball was dominant.

NIU had the ball for close to 40 minutes, it blasted away for a physical 335 yards, and it wore down the Coastal Carolina defense as the game went on. But again, the NIU defense just couldn’t come up with that one big stop late, and the game’s lone turnover – a fumble by Lombardi after a great run – turned out to be the one blink between the two sides.


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2. Coastal Carolina was terrific … on offense

The second half of the season was a grind for the Chanticleers.

Star QB Grayson McCall was banged up, there were a slew of tough battles, and the team that was supposed to roll to a Sun Belt championship struggled to get here.

Forget about controlling the clock – Coastal Carolina came up with huge play after huge play, averaging eight yards per carry and 10.5 yards per throw.

All of the stars came out. McCall threw for 315 yards and four scores, TE Isaiah Likely caught seven passes for 96 yards and two touchdowns, Braydon Bennett ran for 108 yards and two scores and caught four passes for 47 yards and a touchdown …

514 yards later, Coastal Carolina got its 11th win of the season.

1. Now THAT’S what you want an early bowl to be

Over 1,000 yards of total offense, big plays, a relatively clean game – outside of a key Northern Illinois fumble – and both teams doing what they do best. It was a whole lot of fun, there were a whole slew of big moments, and the two teams played like they really, really wanted to win – because they did.

It was Coastal Carolina’s first ever bowl win, it was a game for Northern Illinois to use as motivation all offseason, and it was pure bowl game entertainment to get the bowl season rolling.

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