Coastal Carolina vs. Arkansas State College Football Week 6 Picks and Predictions

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Jaivon Heiligh #6 of the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers celebrates his touchdown. Timothy T Ludwig/Getty Images/AFP

Coastal Carolina takes their undefeated record on the road when they travel to Jonesboro, Arkansas to meet the Red Wolves of Arkansas State. Let’s analyze this Sunbelt showdown and keep cashing our college football picks!

Coastal Carolina Chanticleers vs. Arkansas State Red Wolves

Thursday, October 07, 2021 – 07:30 PM EDT at Centennial Bank Stadium

The Chanticleers have been installed as double-digit favorites in each of their five games, thus far, and they haven’t disappointed the chalk artists who have been laying the lumber and getting paid. Coastal Carolina opened the season as 32-point home favorites over the Citadel, and even that wasn’t enough to keep them from covering the number as they cruised to a 52-14 victory in front of a near-capacity crowd at Brooks Stadium.

The Chants would go on to steamroll Kansas the following week, 49-22, but then got their only real test in their third game of the young season when they edged Buffalo, 28-25, and failed to cover as 11-point road chalk. Nevertheless, they enter this week ranked as the No. 15 team in the nation, after a 53-3 win over U Mass coupled with a 59-6 thrashing of UL Monroe last week.

Sophomore quarterback, Grayson McCall, continues to methodically dissect opposing defenses with surgical precision as evidenced by his stunning 80.2 completion percentage and 10 touchdowns to only one interception. Last week was no different as he connected on 13-of-13 of his passes for 212 yards and a pair of touchdown strikes.

But it was the Chanticleers punishing ground attack that trampled the Warhawks to the tune of 275 yards led by Reese White with 95 yards and freshman Braydon Bennett who garnered 76 yards and two trips into the end zone. It was a total team effort as eight different players had receptions and nine carried the rock in the 53-point victory.

Wolves All Bark No Bite

It was only two years ago that Arkansas State defeated FIU in a bowl game and ended their season with a respectable 8-5 record. But last season saw the Red Wolves first losing season in nearly a decade when they ended with a 4-7 mark, and this season could be much worse from the looks of things.

The Wolves' first game of the season, a 40-21 win over Central Arkansas, has proven to be the only highlight of what has been a dismal year. As they prepare to meet the best the Sunbelt Conference has to offer, Arkansas State has lost four straight, and last week was more of the same as they dropped a 59-33 shootout to Georgia Southern and failed to cover as two-point road dogs.

Arkansas State quarterback, James Blackmon, has been careful this season with the ball, and heading into last week's contest the junior signal-caller had tossed only one pick over his first four games. However, that all changed when he passed for a pair of touchdowns but threw three interceptions in the loss. Yet, the big story was not Blackmon or the Red Wolves' offense but a run defense that surrendered a whopping 503 yards and seven touchdowns!

Wanna Make a Bet?

As of this very early writing, the college football odds on this game are sparse but the few numbers I am seeing show the Chants as 18 ½ point road favorites. Does that even seem like enough? Maybe this line will rise as the week progresses but if that’s the number that the books are going to offer then I will line up with all of the other squares and back the visitors.

First of all, Coastal Carolina has a balanced offense and can strike through the air (270.6 passing yards per game) or ground-and-pound their way to the end zone (255.2 rushing yards per game). It’s as balanced an offense as there is in college football and Arkansas State is not equipped to handle either.

Secondly, the Wolves’ offense is extremely one-dimensional, leaning heavily on the pass (377 yards per game, ranked fourth in the nation) while the run game is not even an afterthought, averaging a paltry 93.8 yards per contest. But the thing is, the Chanticleers are excellent defending the pass, allowing only 131.8 yards per game, which begs the question – how is Arkansas State supposed to keep pace? Answer: They won’t. Lay the lumber at your favorite online betting site for Thursday night.

College Football Pick: Coastal Carolina -18 ½ (-110) at BetOnline (visit our BetOnline Review)

Coastal Carolina -18 ½ (-110)
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