Coastal Carolina Chanticleers (7-5) vs. San José State Spartans (7-5)
In an exciting NCAAF Hawai’i Bowl matchup, the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers and the San José State Spartans, both holding a 7-5 record, are set to collide on Saturday. This game is not only a test of strength and strategy but also a focal point for NCAAF bowl picks and predictions. Slated for a 10:30 PM ET start at Clarence T.C. Ching Complex, and broadcasted on ESPN, this encounter promises to be a thrilling affair for college football enthusiasts.
The Chanticleers have shown tremendous determination this season, led by Braydon Bennett and Sam Pinckney’s performances. Bennett is a versatile running back who has amassed 381 yards rushing at an average 4.4 yard per carry average and scored five touchdowns; wide receiver Sam Pinckney has proven reliable as an outlet in passing game by amassing 904 receiving yards and 7 touchdowns, showing his ability to make key plays downfield.
On the opposite side, San Jose State Spartans feature two talented stars in Kairee Robinson and Nick Nash. Robinson has amassed 1127 rushing yards at an average of 7.1 yards per attempt with 18 touchdowns; his explosive running could prove decisive. Wide receiver Nick Nash has also played an instrumental role in their aerial attack with 704 receiving yards and 8 touchdowns to his name; known for making crucial plays when needed most.
Coastal Carolina Chanticleers vs. San José State Spartans Game Info
|Saturday, December 23, 2023, at 10:30 PM ET
|Clarence T.C. Ching Complex
Grayson McCall QB vs. Chevan Cordeiro QB
Grayson McCall endured an up and down season but still put up solid numbers with 1919 passing yards, 10 touchdowns and 6 interceptions while completing 67.4% of his throws. At his best, McCall is a precise pocket passer who excels at finding receivers in stride. However, he struggled with turnover issues at times this season. The Spartans defense is vulnerable against the pass, ranking just 98th nationally. If McCall can avoid mistakes, Coastal has the aerial weapons to exploit San José’s secondary.
On the other side, Chevan Cordeiro catalyzed San José State’s midseason turnaround with his dual-threat playmaking. Cordeiro threw for 2558 yards and 19 touchdowns while adding another 309 rushing yards and 2 scores on the ground. He excels at extending plays with his legs to create big gains. Cordeiro will look to stretch the field to big-play receivers like Nick Nash. The Chanticleers defense has struggled recently so Cordeiro could be poised for a big outing.
NCAAF Odds/Point Spread: San José State Spartans -370, Total Odds: 53.5
The betting odds favor the San José State Spartans, reflecting their strong season finish. The total odds at 53.5 suggest a high-scoring game, aligning with both teams’ offensive capabilities.
Coastal Carolina Chanticleers Betting Trends
Coastal Carolina has been strong against the spread recently, covering in 5 of their last 7 games. However, totals have mostly gone under in their games during the full season. This contrasts with their December contests which have all had high scoring shootouts hitting the over.
San José State Spartans Betting Trends
As for San Jose State, they have been reliable, covering the spread in 5 of their last 6 matchups. The over has been the dominant trend in their recent games, going over the total in 9 of their last 13. Yet in December bowl games specifically, low scoring unders have been the norm for the Spartans. Though the over trend this season suggests we could see an exception to that on Saturday.
Coastal Carolina Chanticleers vs. San José State Spartans 12/23/23 Betting Picks
This matchup presents a classic underdog versus favorite scenario. The Chanticleers, despite being underdogs, have the potential to cover the spread given their ATS trend. The Spartans, on the other hand, have the momentum and home-field advantage, making them the safer pick for a straight win.
For those looking for action on the best live betting website, considering the Spartans for a win and the Chanticleers to cover the spread seems a balanced approach. The over on the total points is also appealing, given both teams’ offensive firepower.