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Here is the 2021 CFB betting guide preview for the Sun Belt Conference.
With 19 of 22 starters back from last year’s stunning 11-1 breakthrough, with a double-digit number of seniors and graduates returning for an extra year of eligibility and, most importantly, with coach Jamey Chadwell resisting the temptation to cash in elsewhere and instead signing a contract extension, it would be a surprise if the Chanticleers failed to match last season’s win total. The 37-ppg offense returns sophomore QB Grayson McCall, earning mention as a Heisman Trophy long shot after tossing 26 TD passes as a freshman, and returns nearly all of his weapons in Coastal’s triple-option spread. One of the Sun Belt’s best defenses also returns nearly en masse, spearheading an opportunistic team that ranked ninth nationally in turnover margin at + 13. The real reason we like the Over is that we don’t see two losses on the schedule. Coastal has an even softer nonleague slate than a year ago, as BYU is replaced by Buffalo, whose coach bolted in late spring, and only two Sun Belt foes played Coastal within single digits a season ago. Now, can the Chanticleers improve on their No. 12 finish in the final College Football Playoff rankings?
Pick: Over 10
Maybe Chase Brice can blame COVID-19 and the oddities it caused for his failures last season at Duke, where he arrived with some ballyhoo as a transfer from Clemson only to fall flat on his face. Brice gets one more chance at QB, this time at Appalachian State. He’s still looking to match his career highlight at Clemson in 2018, when he came off the bench to bail out the Tigers in an early-season game against Syracuse that ended up as the closest call of an undefeated national title season.