The Georgia State University Panthers (0-3, 0-2 Home), one of the Sun Belt Conference’s top rushing offenses, play host to the Coastal Carolina University Chanticleers (3-0, 0-0 Away), one of the conference’s softest ground defenses, for a SBC opener at Center Parc Stadium on Thursday. The Chanticleers are 2.5-point favorites, and the total is 63.5.Coastal Carolina is coming off a 38-26 win over Buffalo at Brooks Stadium on Saturday. Grayson McCall threw for 251 yards and three touchdowns. CJ Beasley ran nine times for 89 yards and a touchdown. He added three receptions for 74 yards and a touchdown. Sam Pinckney caught five passes for 103 yards. Georgia State lost 42-41 to Charlotte at Center Parc Stadium on Saturday. Darren Grainger was 22 of 34 for 343 yards, four touchdowns, and an interception. Tucker Gregg carried 23 times for 100 yards and two touchdowns. Jamari Thrash added a touchdown of his own. He hauled in 10 receptions for 213 yards.
The Panthers won the only meeting between the teams last season, a 42-40 victory in November. Grainger threw two touchdowns for Georgia State.
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The Chanticleers are averaging 35.7 points per game so far this season, 54th in FBS, and they are facing a Panthers defense that has surrendered 37.3 PPG (118th). Meanwhile, Georgia State has scored 27.7 points a game this season, 87th in the country, and Coastal Carolina is allowing 27.0 PPG (79th).The Chanticleers rank 56th in the country in passing yards per game (255.0) and 58th in rushing (176.7). They will look to take advantage through the air, as the Panthers are 126th in the country in passing yards allowed per game (304.0). Against the run, Georgia State is 53rd (120.7).Georgia State has been one of the country’s top rushing teams, averaging 231.3 yards per game (17th), while ranking 97th in passing yards (213.3). The Chanticleers are allowing 289.3 passing yards (121st) and 102.7 rushing yards per game (39th).
Through three games, McCall has thrown for nine touchdowns (1 INT) and 244.3 yards per game to lead Coastal Carolina in passing. Reese White leads the team in rushing with an average of 81.7 yards a game over three games. He has one touchdown on the ground. Pinckney is the Chanticleers’ leading receiver with 86.3 yards a game and one TD. Grainger has eight passing touchdowns (2 INT) with 213.3 yards per game through three games to lead Georgia State. In two home games this season, he has thrown for seven TDs (1 INT) and an average of 264.5 yards. Gregg has been the home team’s leading performer on the ground, averaging 67.7 yards a game through three games. He has two touchdowns. Thrash has been a workhorse in the Panthers’ aerial attack. He has one touchdown and a 112.0 yard per game average through three appearances.
SportsTips’ College Football Pick:
Coastal Carolina (-140)
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