This Sun Belt showdown promises to be the best football entertainment available on Thursday night, and we’ve got all the App State vs. Coastal Carolina predictions, odds, and DFS and fantasy picks to ensure maximum enjoyment of this college football feast.
App State vs. Coastal Carolina Betting Preview
App State (-3)
App State (-150); Coastal Carolina (+130)
- Game time
7:30 p.m. ET
Brooks Stadium, Myrtle Beach, SC
- Predicted weather at kickoff
61 degrees, partly cloudy, 5.5 mph wind
- How to watch
fuboTV, ESPN 2
In recent seasons, this App State vs. Coastal Carolina State Sun Belt showdown has emerged as a “must-watch” contest on the college football calendar. They’ve split the last two contests 1-1, although App State was victorious last time out. The Mountaineers hold a clear 7-1 head-to-head advantage in the short history of the conference rivalry.
Despite the disparity between the Chanticleers’ 7-1 record and App State’s 5-3 record, the odds have the Mountaineers as a slight road favorite for this App State vs. Coastal Carolina clash.
Meanwhile, the three-point spread is indicative of the winning margin from their 2021 tussle. Both teams are below .500 against the spread this season. That said, App State’s 3-5 record against the spread includes covering in each of the last two games. If you like the Mountaineers to win, you may as well play the spread too, although it’s worth noting that road favorites only have a 43.4% success rate against the spread so far this season.
While this App State vs. Coastal Carolina game may be too close to call in terms of the spread and an outright winner — don’t worry, there will be a prediction — one thing is for certain: there will be points. These are two free-scoring offenses in the hands of two very capable quarterbacks. Averaging a combined 68.8 points between them, they should cover the 64-point line, even if they’re 8-8 against the over so far this season.
Top DFS Picks and Fantasy Plays
- QB Grayson McCall, Coastal Carolina ($11,000)
- QB Chase Brice, Appalachian State ($10,200)
- QB Bryce Carpenter, Coastal Carolina ($6,500)
- RB Camerun Peoples, Appalachian State ($9,400)
- RB Reese White, Coastal Carolina ($8,700)
- RB CJ Beasley, Coastal Carolina ($8,700)
- RB Nate Noel, Appalachian State ($8,300)
- RB Daetrich Harrington, Appalachian State ($5,500)
- RB Ahmani Marshall, Appalachian State ($5,300)
- WR Jared Brown, Coastal Carolina ($8,800)
- WR Christian Horn, Appalachian State ($8,100)
- WR Sam Pinckney, Coastal Carolina ($7,800)
- WR Dashaun Davis, Appalachian State ($7,000)
- WR Christian Wells, Appalachian State ($5,600)
- WR Tyson Mobley, Coastal Carolina ($5,600)
- WR Dalton Stroman, Appalachian State ($5,500)
- WR Kaedin Robinson, Appalachian State ($5,200)
- TE Jacob Jenkins, Coastal Carolina ($7,200)
- TE Henry Pearson, Appalachian State ($6,400)
- TE Xavier Gravette, Coastal Carolina ($5,400)
Unless the value dictates otherwise, it’s highly likely that this App State vs. Coastal Carolina matchup is going to dominate your DFS picks, particularly at the quarterback position. Grayson McCall’s dual-threat ability, ball security, and higher average yards per pass attempt seem to make him the clear favorite option. He’s scored more fantasy points than Chase Brice this season, and the Coastal offense is more reliant upon him for success.
However, the Chanticleers’ defense appears to give Brice an opportunity for big points in this contest. They’ve allowed the most passing yards per game in the conference this year while allowing 13 touchdowns. The App State quarterback threw for a season-high 347 yards against the Chanticleers last season compared to McCall’s 291 yards and solitary score.
At the running back position, Camerun Peoples leads the Mountaineers in rushing yards and touchdowns, while averaging over six yards per carry. He has multiple double-digit carry games this fall too, showcasing his level of opportunity despite a packed running back room. While both CJ Beasley and Reese White lack the headline numbers of Peoples, both pose a receiving threat in addition to their rushing value, which is well worth considering.
Both Coastal Carolina receivers, Jared Brown and Sam Pinckney, are past 600 yards for the season, comfortably outstripping the production of even App State’s leading pass catcher, Christian Horn (414 receiving yards, four touchdowns). Brown has been a bigger touchdown threat for the Chanticleers but don’t sleep on tight end Jacob Jenkins. His nine receptions this year have resulted in four touchdown grabs.
Prediction for App State vs. Coastal Carolina
Coastal Carolina enters this Sun Belt showdown on a collision course for a conference title. They’ve cruised to a 7-1 record, albeit picking up an in-conference defeat to Old Dominion along the way. Meanwhile, after scaring North Carolina in a shootout and shocking Texas A&M, App State has succumbed to a 2-2 start to conference play, making this a must-win to have any chance of usurping the Chanticleers in the East division.
The oddsmakers give the Mountaineers the advantage in this one, and in many ways, it is easy to see why. With Chase Brice under center and a strong rotational ground game, they’ve been able to rack up unreasonably high amounts of points with an apparent level of comfortability that should terrify opposition defenses.
App State is averaging over 450 yards of total offense and just shy of 37 points per game. Remove the 17 points scored against Texas A&M, and those statistics skyrocket even further. They face a Coastal Carolina defense that allows an average of 413.3 total yards per game, a conference-high 273.4 passing yards per game, and a conference-high-tying 8.8 passing yards per play.
Somehow, the Chanticleers have been able to overcome those issues to record seven wins. However, their sole defeat this season plays into the hands of a versatile App State offense. Old Dominion’s Blake Watson tore Coastal Carolina apart on the ground in the 49-21 defeat. With their trio of impactful running backs, App State is more than capable of burning the Chanticleers by land or air in equal measure.
Despite this, there are reasons to have faith in Coastal Carolina advancing to an eighth win of the season. That belief starts with quarterback McCall, the mulleted magician who conjures up creativity and downfield pass-catching opportunities in equal measure.
A natural leader who routinely straps a team to his back, he possesses something that pure statistics and box scores simply cannot capture. He is indeed the poster boy for a Coastal Carolina culture that breeds an anything-is-possible-when-you-have-fun-doing-it attitude.
While McCall sports the teal number 10, 30 is the magic number to watch out for in this Sunbelt showdown. In all three of their defeats this season, App State has given up more than 30 points.
If Coastal can get on the board early, if the Chanticleers can get their speed-option offense up to tempo quickly, and if McCall or the ground game can hit that magical 30, there’s a chance they’ll overcome the odds and emerge with a victory. As an aside, Coastal Carolina averages 31.9 points per game this year.
Prediction: Coastal Carolina 35, App State 31