Norfolk State Spartans at Coastal Carolina Chanticleers Pick

September 14, 2:00 PM EDT

Betting Odds

Point Spread: 
Coastal Carolina -27

The Coastal Carolina Chanticleers (1-1) will host the Norfolk State Spartans (1-1) at the Smurf Turf on Saturday, September 14th, 2019. Kick-off is at 2:00 PM and will be televised live from Conway, North Carolina on ESPN+. The Spartans and Chanticleers have not crossed paths previously.

Norfolk State Spartans at Coastal Carolina Chanticleers Key Injury Concerns

Heading into this clash between the Spartans and the Chanticleers neither squad has any injuries to report.

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Norfolk State Spartans at Coastal Carolina Chanticleers Overview

Norfolk State Spartans

The Spartans come into this collision off the heels of a 44-21 win on Saturday when they hosted FCS Virginia State. No line was posted for this game, but Norfolk State remains 1-0 ATS on the year when it covered as a 25.5-point underdog opening its season at Old Dominion on August 31st. The Spartans battled the Monarchs and took them the distance in a 24-21 final.

Coastal Carolina Chanticleers

The Chanticleers come into this contest off an upset of the Rock-Chalk Kansas Jayhawks on Saturday in Lawrence, Kansas. The Chants closed as a seven-point underdog, but that didn't stop them from going onto pull a 12-7 shocker of KU who had a lot of optimism heading into their 2019 campaign with their hiring of legendary Head Coach Les Miles.

Reasons To Back Norfolk State Spartans

The Spartans will not be afraid of the Chanticleers by any means. After all, they were in a similar position just two weeks ago when they traveled to ODU. The Spartans will be hungry and looking to make a statement against a Coastal Carolina team that just made a splash of their own. The Spartans are in prime position to submarine the Chanticleers who could very well take these Spartans lightly as a result of all of the fanfare from the KU upset. The best news of all is that takers get to back Norfolk State likely with an enhanced allotment of points due to the previous week’s events.

Reasons To Avoid Coastal Carolina Chanticleers

This line is a direct bi-product of Coastal Carolina's upset, and it has overreaction written all over it. The Chanticleers have been priced in this range just once over its betting history. That came against Campbell in 2018 when CC closed as a 30.5-point favorite. This also occurred the week after CC staged a 47-24 blowout upset of Conference-USA power UAB in Conway. The Chants were successful in this endeavor as they ripped the Camels on their own turf by a score of 58-31. However, the ingredients are far contrasting. First, UAB had recently re-instated their program with little expectations. Secondly, the upset happened at home, and their follow up was on the road. The reverse holds true here, and the assailed was a Power Five opponent and likely the biggest win in the program's history. Moreover, Coastal Carolina can easily be distracted by a lot of the rah-rah that will undoubtedly be going on in Conway as a result of the upset. Adding in the hard-fought and emotional aspect of the upset, the let-down potential in CC's follow up is significant here.

Norfolk State at Coastal Carolina Prediction 09/14/2019

Do I think Norfolk State can actually win this game? I wouldn't suggest that, but stranger things have happened. Here is what will happen. The Spartans will hang around in this game for longer than Coastal Carolina hopes for. Even if Coastal Carolina were to jump out to a lead, I don't see the Monarchs going away so easily. After all, NSU trailed ODU by 14, and they still managed to claw their way back into the game where it was too close for comfort for the Monarchs. There is little question that Coastal Carolina will have their eye off the ball heading into this game as there will be a slew of parties and celebrations throughout the week and all the more makes them susceptible to come in flat on Saturday. I see this game being settled by one possession. Grab the inflated points.

Free Pick: 
Take Norfolk State +27
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