The South Alabama Jaguars and Coastal Carolina Chanticleers square off Friday afternoon in week 13 Sun Belt college football action from Hancock Whitney Stadium. Coastal Carolina played Texas State this past weekend. In that one, the Chanticleers took a 14-point win. As for South Alabama, they’re coming off a game versus Tennessee. The Jaguars ended up losing big in that game. Check back all season long for free college football picks at Sports Chat Place.
Coastal Carolina got off to a hot start this year, surging to victories in each of their first six games. After a loss to Appalachian State, the Chanticleers beat Troy and Georgia Southern before losing 42-40 to Georgia State.
In last weekend’s matchup against Texas State, Coastal Carolina turned a 14-14 halftime tie into a 35-21 win by scoring in every quarter. QB Grayson McCall put up 319 yards with five scores, and Shermari Jones added 92 rush yards on 23 carries.
Over on the South Alabama side, they went 3-2 over their first five with losses to Louisiana and Texas State. The Jaguars went 2-3 in their next five, beating Georgia Southern and Arkansas State while otherwise losing to LA-Monroe, Troy and App State.
South Alabama matched up with Tennessee last weekend. The Jaguars gave up 35 points in the first half and double-digit points in every quarter during a 60-14 loss. QB Desmond Trotter finished on 216 yards with two scores, and Jalen Tolbert had 143 yards and a TD on seven catches.
The Chanticleers are 9-3-1 ATS in their last 13 on grass and 9-3 ATS in their last 12 road games. Coastal is 1-4 ATS in their last five overall.
Meanwhile, the Jaguars are 4-1 ATS in their last five at home and 1-3-1 ATS versus a team with a winning record. South Alabama is 1-4 ATS in their last five overall.
PICK: I’m going to stay with Coastal. The Chanticleers put up another good offensive effort against Texas State, with 498 total yards, 30 first downs and a nice 8-of-13 on third-down conversions. It was a nice defensive outing as well with just 17 first downs and 3-of-12 allowed on thirds.
As for South Alabama, they couldn’t stop Tennessee on Saturday, giving up 561 total yards and 29 first downs. This should be an easier matchup, but I don’t think the Jaguars will keep up here either.