Coastal Carolina vs. Arkansas State Odds: Chanticleers Open As Double-Digit Faves Over Red Wolves
Date: Thursday, October 7, 2021
Time: 7:30 PM ET
Location: Centennial Bank Stadium, Jonesboro, AR
TV Broadcast: ESPNU
Coastal Carolina Chanticleers Record: 5-0, 1-0 Sun Belt Conf.
Arkansas State Red Wolves Record: 1-4, 0-1 Sun Belt Conf.
NCAA Football Week 6 Matchup: Coastal Carolina vs. Arkansas State
No.15 Coastal Carolina (CCU) is flying high in 2021 behind a perfect 5-0 record. They’re one of 15 teams that remain undefeated ahead of Week 6. Most recently, the Chanticleers underlined their solid start with a convincing victory in their conference opener, beating Louisiana-Monroe 59-6.
Arkansas State is coming off a brutal 59-33 beatdown in its conference opener, marking the Red Wolves’ fourth-straight loss as they slip to a woeful 1-4 record overall and a 0-1 record in conference play.
Given the contrasting fortunes of these Sun Belt foes, bookmakers predictably opened this game with Coastal Carolina -17.5. Separately, the total hit the board at 70.5 points.
However, it’s a quick turnaround and a road trip for the Chants with a Thursday night showdown in Week 6 of the College football season. Can CCU really dominate Arkansas State as the NCAA football odds would suggest?
Coastal Carolina Odds & Overview
CCU got off to a stellar start in Saturday’s win over Louisiana-Monroe that coach Jamey Chadwell decided to rest his starters in the second half, mindful of their upcoming Sun Belt tilt on Thursday night.
Quarterback Grayson McCall was inspired, completing all of his passes (13-of-13) for 212 yards and a couple of touchdown passes to Isaiah Likely. In the second half, McCall sat back and watched as Chadwell ran the quarterback carousel. Jarett Guest went 4-of-4 for 49 yards and a touchdown while Bryce Carpenter went 3-of-6 for 16 yards. Reese White led the team in rushing with 95 yards and Brayden Bennett added 76 yards and two touchdowns.
McCall was in a walking boot in the second half, but Chadwell was quick to dismiss any serious concerns. According to Chadwell's statement after the game, the boot was a precautionary measure designed to counter any potential swelling caused after a teammate stepped on his foot. McCall’s fitness is key to CCU’s success, so his condition warrants paying close attention as kick-off nears.
Arkansas State Odds & Overview
Arkansas State is off to a 1-4 start for the first time since 2016 after succumbing to a 59-33 defeat at Georgia Southern on Saturday. It goes without saying, coach Butch Jones wasn’t a happy camper in his post-game presser as he went to call out his side for its poor performance. “This performance was unacceptable and we made way too many mistakes,” said Butch Jones.
The Red Wolves struggled across the board, but nowhere more so than on the ground as all seven touchdowns by Georgia Southern came on the ground. The defense simply had no answer for the tidal wave it faced.
James Blackman went 28-of-43 for 292 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions. Layne Hatcher finished 8-of-18 for 151 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. Corey Rucker led the team in receiving with 86 yards on 7 receptions and two touchdowns.
The first half was competitive to begin with, but by halftime, A-State was trailing 31-18. Then, the floodgates opened in the second half as Georgia Southern reeled off four scores to add to its already significant lead. It proved insurmountable for the Red Wolves, even though they got a couple of touchdowns late in the game.
Coastal Carolina vs. Arkansas State Odds
|Coastal Carolina||-19||-833||Over 70.5|
|Arkansas State||+19||+700||Under 70.5|
Books went to press with No.15 Coastal Carolina as the 17.5-point favorite on the road. It marks the sixth straight game in which the Chanticleers are laying double-digits on the board and the second-lowest point spread in six games. In the meanwhile, the total hit the board at 70.5 points.
Early betting shows the public isn’t balking at the huge point spread at all. On the contrary, bettors are laying the points with CCU to win and cover. Action on the total is mixed, though, with the public split almost down the middle.
Coastal Carolina vs. Arkansas State Betting Preview
Coastal Carolina’s perfect 5-0 record on the season includes a 4-1-0 ATS record, underscored by a 34.2 winning margin on average and a +5.8 differential versus the spread.
CCU is coming off back-to-back covers at home – as the 36-point home chalk in a 53-3 win over U Mass and the whopping 33.5-point home chalk in a 59-6 win over LA Monroe. Before those wins, CCU, closing as the 14-point road chalk, failed to cover in a narrow 28-25 win over Buffalo. The trip to Buffalo is the only away game until now.
Arkansas State’s subpar 1-4 record on the season is highlighted by a 13.6 losing margin on average. However, the Red Wolves are a surprisingly solid 3-2-0 ATS with a -8.6 differential versus the spread.
The Red Wolves can’t seem to buy a win no matter how hard they try. After a season-opening 40-21 win over the Central Ark, the wheels came undone behind four straight defeats, three of which were on the road. Most recently, the Red Wolves closed as the 1.5-point road underdogs to Sun Belt rival GA Southern, but they didn’t even whiff at the point spread in a 59-33 loss.
All things considered, CCU has a significant advantage on paper over Arkansas State. Granted, games aren’t played on paper. So long as McCall is fit and raring to go, though, the well-rested Chants have a good chance to come through as the big road chalk in this pivotal Sun Belt clash.