Week 9 of the 2021 college football season kicks off Thursday, October 28, with the Sun Belt Conference showdown at Brooks Stadium in Conway, South Carolina, so we bring you the best Troy vs. Coastal Carolina betting pick, tips, and odds.
The No. 24 Chanticleers search for their third straight victory over the Trojans. Coastal Carolina opened as a huge 18-point home fave on BetOnline Sportsbook, while the totals are listed at 52.5 points.
The Trojans eye their third straight win
The Troy Trojans (4-3; 2-5 ATS) are coming off a bye, looking to stay on the right track. They’ve won two games in a row, outlasting Georgia Southern as 5.5-point home favorites, 27-24, and Texas State as 7.5-point road favorites, 31-28.
Gunnar Watson has started under center in those two games, replacing banged-up Taylor Powell. Watson has tossed for 452 yards and three touchdowns in the process, so he should get another nod in Week 9.
The Trojans are scoring 25.3 points per game (89th in the country) on just 352.1 total yards (101st). They rank 107th in rushing yards per game (114.3), as freshman RB Kimani Vidal leads the way with 93 totes for 449 yards and four touchdowns.
On the other side of the ball, the Trojans are yielding only 19.6 points per game (tied-26th) on 94.6 rushing yards (13th) and 191.4 passing yards (24th). They are leading the nation with 31 sacks.
The Chanticleers’ unbeaten season is over
The Coastal Carolina Chanticleers (6-1; 4-2-1 ATS) put an end to their six-game winning streak last Wednesday. Their dreaming of the unbeaten season is over following a 30-27 defeat at the Appalachian State Mountaineers in Week 8.
The Chanticleers had a 14-point lead at the end of the first quarter and a six-point lead at the end of the first half, but they couldn’t satisfy the odds as 4.5-point favorites. Coastal Carolina surrendered a whopping 575 total yards (228 rushing) while racking up just 346 in a return. The Chanticleers posted only 55 yards on 29 totes, and Grayson McCall completed 15 of his 23 attempts for 291 yards and a TD.
Coastal Carolina is now yielding 17.1 points per game (13th in the nation) on 144.6 rushing yards (56th) and 180.1 passing yards (17th). The Chanticleers are tallying 45.7 points in a return (3rd) on 232.3 rushing yards (12th) and 290.7 passing yards (19th).
- 1-5 ATS in the last six games overall
- 2-5 ATS in the last seven games against the Sun Belt Conference
- 8-2-1 ATS in the last 11 games against the Sun Belt Conference
- 7-1 ATS in the last eight games played in October
Troy vs. Coastal Carolina Pick
The Chanticleers should be fired up to bounce back from a tough loss against Appalachian State. They are 7-0-2 ATS in the last nine outings at home, so the Trojans will have a mountain to climb in this matchup.
Troy’s defense is capable of slowing things down, but the Trojans shouldn’t have enough firepower on the offensive side of things to keep it close. The Chanticleers struggled mightily against the Mountaineers’ rushing, and the clash against the Trojans is a nice opportunity for redemption.
Pick: Take Coastal Carolina -18.0 at -110
The betting trends are not helping a lot when it comes to the totals. The under is 4-2 in the Trojans’ last six games overall, and it is 9-2 in their previous 11 outings away from home. Also, the under is 4-1 in the Chanticleers’ previous five showings, but all four encounters between Troy and Coastal Carolina have gone in the over.
Last year, the Chanticleers outlasted the Trojans 42-38 as 12-point road favorites with a total of 52.5 points. The Trojans’ D will try its best in this one, but I don’t think that would be enough to keep the totals below 53 points.
Pick: Go over 52.5 points at -110