Linebacker Taiwan Berryhill #28 in the Kansas Jayhawks. Peter Aiken/Getty Images/AFP
Not often a Power 5 school is a huge underdog at a Group of 5 program, but that’s the case Friday in Week 2 of the college football season as Kansas visits No. 22 Coastal Carolina on Friday. Which way to lean at SBR’s top-rated sportsbooks?
Kansas Jayhawks vs. Coastal Carolina Chanticleers
Friday, September 10, 2021 – 07:30 PM EDT at Brooks Stadium
There are four games around college football on Friday in Week 2 – no Thursday games, which is unusual, but likely the NCAA wanted to steer clear of the NFL Kickoff Game between the Cowboys and Bucs that night – and the lone ranked team in action is No. 22 Coastal Carolina. However, this ranking could change with the new polls. CCU will remain ranked.
Linebacker Enock Makonzo 43 of the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers. Brian Davidson/Getty Images/AFP
Coastal Carolina, of the Sun Belt Conference, is only in its fifth season as an FBS program yet this will be the third straight season it faces Kansas of the Big 12. Due to the pandemic, most Power 5 schools didn’t play conference games last year. The Jayhawks however played one and lost to Kansas 38-23 at home. Grayson McCall, CCU’s star quarterback, threw for three points and ran for two. The Chants were up 28-3 by the half. KU would flip the ball three times. The NCAAF oddsmakers sure got that one wrong as Kansas was a 4.5-point favorite. In 2019, Coastal won 12-7 at Kansas as a 7-point underdog.
Week 1: Jayhawks Nearly embarrassed
Kansas tied for the lowest over-under win total in the nation this year at SBR’s top-rated books at just 1.5 – and the under was solidly favored. It was expected that the Jayhawks win their season opener against FCS school South Dakota, and then lose. They were 11 points favorites in the NCAAF odds against South Dakota, and they only managed 17-14 victories last Friday under Lance Leipold’s KU head coaching debut. Jason Bean hit Lawrence Arnold with a two-minute delay, and the Coyotes lead was 14-10.On a 16-yard TD pass with 1:0 remaining.
Pretty funny that students stormed the field after winning against an FCS school, but Kansas had lost 13 straight. Bean, a transfer from North Texas, was 17-for-26 for 163 yards and two scores and led KU with 54 yards rushing (Kansas totaled only 82 yards on 41 carries). Bean won the starting job over Jalon Daniels, an incumbent starter.
Arnold caught both of Bean’s TD throws. Right before Friday’s game, KU announced that running back Daniel Hishaw Jr. would undergo season-ending surgery. Hishaw ran for 229 yards, two touchdowns and averaged 4.4 yards per carries last year as a true freshman. He also appeared in eight games. Defensively in the opener, Kansas allowed only 98 yards passing but South Dakota did rush for 165.
Jayhawks starting D-Lineman Sam Burt left with an injury in the first quarter and didn’t return. His status is still unknown.. As for this matchup, Kansas is 6-4 against the spread on NCAAF odds in its past 10 on the road as at least a 24-point underdog.
Chants Cruise and Cover In Home Opener
We previewed Coastal Carolina’s game last Thursday vs. The Citadel recommended the Chants take the FCS opponent at -32. CCU won a late victory with a Braydon Bennett 4-yard touchdown run in the 52-14 win. Coastal Carolina rolled up 610 yards on the Bulldogs – second-most yardage for the program since moving up to the FBS — and scored on eight of its 10 offensive possessions.
Grayson McCall, QB. He was named the preseason Sun Belt Offensive Play of the Year in 2020.He was 16-for-19 passing 262 yards and a touchdown. After six possessions, the game was out of control and he was removed. “Obviously you want to have him for a 14-game season, so we’re going to try to be smart with him,”Jameychadwell is the head coach of CCU. “If we have to run him to win the game, then we’re going to run him to win the game.”
McCall was very mobile and only ran twice. Shermari Jones ran for a record-breaking 100 yards on nine runs, including two touchdowns.. The Chanticleers had 266 more yards of rushing than The Citadel’s total yards (237).. Jaivon Heiligh of CCU was the recipient for his third consecutive 100-yard receiving match. He had six receptions totaling 133 yards and a touchdown.
Quarterback Grayson McCall #10 for the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers. Brian Davidson/Getty Images/AFP
“I think they are better than they were last year,” Citadel coach Brent Thompson said of Coastal. “They are definitely worthy of the accolades, probably the best Group of Five team I’ve seen in a long time.” It appears that CCU got out of its opener without any major injuries. CCU is now 2-1 ATS in the NCAAF future odds as a home favourite of at least 24. Obviously, Coastal will win this game, but that spread is a bit too high.
NCAAF Pick: Kansas +27.5 (-110) with BetOnline (visit our BetOnline Review)
Kansas +27.5 (-110)
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