Coastal Carolina vs. Georgia State betting preview: Prediction, odds, spread, DFS picks, and more

Examine the current lines closely and find your edge with our Coastal Carolina vs. Georgia State betting preview and prediction for their Thursday clash.

The Sun Belt takes center stage on Thursday and with our Coastal Carolina vs. Georgia State betting preview ahead of their clash. With sports betting taking over college football, and college fantasy football on the rise, here is everything you need to know from current betting odds to DFS picks and fantasy football players to play in the Coastal Carolina vs. Georgia State matchup.

Coastal Carolina vs. Georgia State betting preview

  • Spread: Coastal Carolina (-2.5)
  • Moneyline: Coastal Carolina (-140); Georgia State (+120)
  • Over/Under: 62 points
  • Game time: Thursday, Sept. 22, 2022 @ 7:30 p.m. ET
  • Location: Center Parc Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Predicted weather at kick: 82 degrees, clear, 10-14 mph winds

The Chanticleers haven’t exactly lit the world on fire this season like they may have been projected to do so this summer. Yet, they’ve scored at least 31 points in all three of their first outings and sit at 3-0. Each team has proven to be capable of putting up points with their talented offenses and that number of 62 points is surely in reach.

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Coastal has given up at least 26 points in every game this year, to inferior offenses than Georgia State‘s unit that will march on the field. Taking the over at 62 points is certainly in play just as Coastal is as a team. More on that after the fantasy plays, however.

Top DFS picks and fantasy plays

With a three-game slate — but a two-game window of DFS plays — it’s imperative to find value in your roster that guarantees production on Thursday. When looking for production in this game, however, you have to know where to look. First, the landscape has to be set with each team’s values:

  • QB Grayson McCall, Coastal Carolina: $11,000
  • QB Darren Grainger, Georgia State: $10,600
  • RB Reese White, Coastal Carolina: $9,400
  • RB CJ Beasley, Coastal Carolina: $8,800
  • RB Jamyest Williams, Georgia State: $6,100
  • RB Marcus Carroll, Georgia State: $5,700
  • WR Jamari Thrash, Georgia State: $8,700
  • WR Sam Pinckney, Coastal Carolina: $8,400
  • WR Robert Lewis, Georgia State: $8,200
  • WR Ja’Cyais Credle, Georgia State: $6,200
  • WR Tyson Mobley, Coastal Carolina: $5,400
  • TE Jacob Jenkins, Coastal Carolina: $6,400
  • TE Kris Byrd, Georgia State: $5,700
  • TE Xavier Gravette, Coastal Carolina: $5,400

Notice a lot of Coastal tight ends are in play per FanDuel‘s values. Yet, no Coastal tight end has been targeted more than five times this season. STAY AWAY from the Coastal tight ends at that price and sink your teeth into Sam Pinckney who has more than double the targets of the next closest receiver on Coastal’s roster.

For the entire Thursday night slate, it also behooves you to find your Superflex. With Virginia Tech vs. West Virginia your other game to choose from, the obvious option would be one of the high-flying members of the WVU roster. But Virginia Tech’s defense is a top-10 unit overall and WVU’s production should be limited.

That leaves you with Grayson McCall or Darren Grainger in this game. McCall has scored a touchdown on the ground and another nine through the air this season. He’s the obvious choice for your quarterback while Grainger makes sense as the Superflex with his designed runs and scrambling ability.

Deep league college fantasy football leagues will know who Jamari Thrash is, yet Robert Lewis has hawked the majority of his touchdowns this season. Meanwhile, Kris Byrd has become one of the top red-zone threats across the country. Be wary of Thrash at that number while Lewis has a higher-end upside in both formats.

Coastal Carolina vs. Georgia State prediction

McCall is once again putting together strong outing after strong outing and is back on track to complete over 70% of his throws with a sharp TD-to-INT ratio. More concerning for the Chants, however, is their defense.

Though usually strong on defense during the Jamey Chadwell era, Coastal is giving up the 11th-most passing yards per game so far this season. They’re sound against the run, but Georgia State’s offense has proven to be an incredibly well-balanced outfit, fully capable of throwing or running it at will.

Georgia State’s Grainger has led a capable offense with 640 yards passing and 694 yards rushing as a team. Grainger is distributing the football well, despite their 0-3 record that includes two Power Five losses and a heartbreaker to Charlotte. As good as Georgia State has been this year in their losses, the fact of the matter is they haven’t quite been able to close out any of their games. That’s Coastal’s biggest advantage, the fact that they know how to close.

In the fourth quarter this season, Coastal has outscored their opponents 42-21 while Georgia State has scored just 14 fourth-quarter points in three games.

Prediction: Coastal Carolina 38, Georgia State 30

Cam Mellor is the senior director of college football and NFL Draft at Pro Football Network. You can read all of Cam’s work here and follow him on Twitter: @CamMellor.


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