There are many worthy topics of discussion these days in college football: the pandemic, the playoff, whether a limited schedule should be disqualifying, the worthiness of Cincinnati and BYU, etc. But Texas’s fans are on the biggest story. Namely, whether the ardently desired Urban Meyer filmed a TV interview from an Austin resort: The No. 13 BYU Cougars and No. 18 Coastal Carolina Chanticleers ultimately might not have the strength of schedule needed to make the College Football Playoff. But the undefeated teams are doing all they can to at least make a case. They’ll meet up on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. ET in Conway, S.C., in a game that was put together after Coastal Carolina’s matchup against Liberty was cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns.
William Hill Sportsbook lists the Cougars as 10-point favorites in the latest BYU vs. Coastal Carolina odds. The over-under for total points is set at 61.5. Before entering any Coastal Carolina vs. BYU picks, you’ll want to see the college football predictions from the model at SportsLine.
The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every FBS college football game 10,000 times. Over the past four-plus years, the proprietary computer model has generated a stunning profit of over $3,500 for $100 players on its top-rated college football picks against the spread. It is also a sizzling 49-25 on all top-rated picks through 13 weeks of the 2020 college football season, returning almost $1,300 in profit already. Anyone who has followed it has seen huge returns.
Now, the model has set its sights on BYU vs. Coastal Carolina. You can head to SportsLine to see its picks. Here are several college football odds for Coastal Carolina vs. BYU:
BYU vs. Coastal Carolina spread: BYU -10
BYU vs. Coastal Carolina over-under: 61.5 points
BYU vs. Coastal Carolina money line: BYU -360; Coastal Carolina +285
Latest Odds: Chanticleers +10.5
What you need to know about BYU
The independent Cougars have been one of the most impressive teams in the nation this season. They are 8-0 overall and 7-1 against the spread. BYU set the tone for the season by beating Navy 55-3 in its opener, and the Cougars have scored at least 40 points in all but one game, including a 51-17 win on the road against then-No. 21 Boise State on Nov. 6.
Quarterback Zach Wilson is in the Heisman conversation thanks to some massive numbers. He’s completed 74.3 percent of his passes for 2,724 yards, 26 touchdowns and two interceptions. He’s also rushed for eight touchdowns. Running back Tyler Allgeier has also been a star, rushing for 851 yards and 11 touchdowns.
What you need to know about Coastal Carolina
The Chanticleers are also 8-0 with a 7-1 ATS mark. Coach Jamey Chadwell has seen his stock rise as they’ve picked up several notable wins. The season started with a 38-23 upset of Kansas on the road. Coastal Carolina has also beaten top Sun Belt teams Louisiana and Appalachian State on its way to clinching the Sun Belt East title.
They haven’t been quite as explosive as BYU, but the Chanticleers are giving up just 16.8 points per game. And though quarterback Grayson McCall might not have quite the same numbers as Wilson, he still has a stunning 20-1 touchdown-to-interception ratio and has rushed for five TDs.
How to make BYU vs. Coastal Carolina picks
The model has simulated Coastal Carolina vs. BYU 10,000 times and the results are in. It is leaning under on the total, and it has also generated a point-spread pick that is hitting in almost 60 percent of simulations. You can only see the pick at SportsLine. The BYU Cougars have had a week off and are no doubt ready to get back on the field. They will square off against the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers at 5:30 p.m. ET on Saturday at Brooks Stadium. Both teams have allowed few points on average (the Cougars 13.89, Coastal Carolina 16.78), so any points scored will be well earned.
You can’t lose the game if you win every quarter, and that was precisely BYU’s strategy against the North Alabama Lions two weeks ago. BYU took their contest at home with ease, bagging a 66-14 victory over North Alabama. The matchup was pretty much decided by the half, when the score had already reached 42-7. BYU’s success was spearheaded by the efforts of QB Zach Wilson, who passed for four TDs and 212 yards on 16 attempts in addition to picking up 33 yards on the ground, and LB Tyler Allgeier, who rushed for two TDs and 141 yards on 13 carries.
Meanwhile, when you finish with 254 more yards than your opponent like the Chanticleers did last week, a favorable outcome is almost sure to follow. They were totally in charge, breezing past the Texas State Bobcats 49-14 on the road. With Coastal Carolina ahead 35-7 at the half, the game was all but over already. RB CJ Marable continued his habit of dropping crazy stat lines, rushing for three TDs and 157 yards on 16 carries. That nimble footwork stands out as the first time Marable has hit the 100-yard rushing mark this season. Marable’s sharp performance also set his single-game rushing touchdown high for the season.
The Cougars are the favorite in this one, with an expected 10-point margin of victory. They have been consistent moneymakers against the spread when favored (5-1-1), so they might be worth a quick bet.
The wins brought both teams up to an identical 9-0. A couple offensive numbers to keep in mind before kickoff: BYU ranks first in the nation when it comes to overall offensive touchdowns, with 56 on the season. The Chanticleers are not quite as good, but they are no chumps, either: they come into the game boasting the eighth most overall offensive touchdowns in the nation at 46.
How To Watch
When: Saturday at 5:30 p.m. ET
Where: Brooks Stadium — Conway, South Carolina
TV: ESPN University
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