Game Time: 1:00 pm ET, Saturday, September 25, 2021
Venue: Brooks Stadium, Conway, SC
Where to Watch: ESPN+
Opening Odds at USA Sportsbooks
DraftKings: Point Spread: UMass +36, Costa Carolina -36; Over/Under: 66 points
Bet365: Point Spread: UMass +36, Costa Carolina -36; Over/Under: 66 points
BetMGM: Point Spread: UMass +35.5, Costa Carolina -35.5; Over/Under: 64.5 points
Massachusetts Minutemen: 0-3 (6th place, FBS Independents)
Coastal Carolina Chanticleers: 3-0 (1st place, Sun Belt Group A)
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Massachusetts Minutemen vs Coastal Carolina Chanticleers Preview and Analysis
Massachusetts Minutemen: lost at home on Sep. 18 against Eastern Michigan 42-28.
Coastal Carolina Chanticleers: won on the road on Sep. 18 against Buffalo 28-25.
Massachusetts Minutemen Analysis
The UMass Minutemen are coming into this college football game with a 0-3 record overall and they are 0-1 in their road games this year. Their 3 losses came against the Pittsburgh Panthers, the Boston College Eagles, and the Eastern Michigan Eagles in their last game. Brady Olson played alright but struggled a bit as well in that game as he completed 22/38 passes for 288 yards, 2 touchdowns and 1 interception. Ellis Merriweather had a big day in the ground game as he led the team with 142 rushing yards on 23 carries. No one else had a big impact on the ground besides Carter Scudo who ran in a TD. Melvin Hill led the receivers with 82 yards and 1 touchdown on 4 receptions. Noah Boykin led the defense with 6 solo tackles in that one. Da'Shon Ross had the only sack for them in the game while no one on the team had an interception in that one. They have scored 63 points in their first 3 games and they have allowed their opponents to score 138 points against them. Their offense is averaging 354.3 YPG while their defense is allowing 525 YPG.
Coastal Carolina Chanticleers Analysis
Coastal Carolina is coming into this game with a 3-0 record overall and is 2-0 in their home games where they will be in this game. This will be their last non-conference game of the regular season. CCU is ranked 16th in the country right now. Their wins came against the Citadel Bulldogs, the Kansas Jayhawks, and the Buffalo Bulls last week. Grayson McCall played an alright game in their last as he completed 13/19 passes for 232 yards, 3 TDs and 1 interception. Shermari Jones went off in the running game leading his team with 149 rushing yards and 1 touchdown on 16 carries. Jaivon Heiligh led the team in receiving with 91 yards and 1 touchdown on 4 receptions while Kameron Brown was right behind him with 79 yards and 3 receptions. Silas Kelly led the defense with 9 solo tackles and 1 assisted one. No one on the defense recorded a sack or an interception in that game. They have scored 129 points in their first 3 games and they have allowed their opponents to score 61 points against them. Their offense is averaging 504.7 YPG while their defense is allowing 352.3 YPG.
Massachusetts vs Coastal Carolina Prediction
Coastal Carolina is going to blowout this UMass team on Saturday. They want to keep climbing the AP poll and one way they can do that is by completely dismantling these bad teams by a large margin. They will just keep scoring points on this bad defense that has already allowed almost 140 points scored against them in just 3 games. Coastal Carolina does not have an awful defense and UMass will likely struggle to move the ball against them, they are a ranked team for a reason. Coastal Carolina will win and cover the spread in an absolute destruction of UMass.
Massachusetts Coastal Carolina Prediction: Our NCAAF Pick for Saturday, September 25, 2021 (1:00 pm ET start time) is Coastal Carolina 56 UMass 14.
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NCAAF Betting Trends
Massachusetts Minutemen: 6-13 ATS in all games. 2-9 ATS as a road underdog.
Coastal Carolina Chanticleers: 15-9 ATS in all games. 3-1 ATS when the total is greater than or equal to 63.
Massachusetts Minutemen: T. Lytle (QB) Ques Sat - Undisclosed injury. J. Roberts (WR) Ques Sat - Undisclosed injury. K. Adams (RB) Ques Sat - Undisclosed injury.
Coastal Carolina Chanticleers: None.
Players to Watch
Massachusetts Minutemen: Rico Arnold is one player to watch in this game. He leads his team in receiving yards and in TDs scored this season. If they are to accomplish anything on offense he will be a key piece in whatever they are trying to do so look for him to make some plays here.
Coastal Carolina Chanticleers: Tight end Isaiah Likely is one player to watch in this game. He has been quiet in their recent games so look for him to get more involved here as he offers a bigger target to throw to so look for him on 3rd downs to make some plays. Reese White is also a player to watch as he has a team-high 5 touchdowns on the season. Look for him around the end zone to get some points on the board.
“I hope desperately that we have a student tailgate this week.” - Walt Bell on having more student fans in the stands at home games and the impact it has on the team.
"We didn't play our best football game. Yeah, we won and all that. But I feel like the Chants can be better." - Shermari Jones after their win against Buffalo.
WR Rico Arnold
WR Tray Pettway
WR Jermaine Johnson Jr.
TE Taylor Edwards
QB Tyler Lytle
RB Kay'Ron Adams
Coastal Carolina Chanticleers
WR Brown, Kameron
WR Latushko, Greg
WR Heiligh, Jaivon
TE Likely, Isaiah
QB McCall, Grayson
RB White, Reese
RB Jones, Shermari
Passing: B. Olson (502)
Rushing: E. Merriweather (201)
Receiving: R. Arnold (143)
Touchdowns: R. Arnold (1)
Sacks: X. Gonsalves (1)
Tackles: D. Ross (11)
Coastal Carolina Chanticleers
Passing: G. McCall (739)
Rushing: S. Jones (292)
Receiving: J. Heiligh (346)
Touchdowns: R. White (5)
Sacks: T. Gallagher (1)
Tackles: S. Kelly (13)
Massachusetts Minutemen: Walt Bell (3rd season)
Coastal Carolina Chanticleers: Jamey Chadwell (4th season)
74 degrees F mostly sunny, 68% humidity, 0% chance of rain, up to 5 mph wind speeds N.