Arkansas will play no team with a more interesting coach than Coastal Carolina’s Joe Moglia this season. Coastal Carolina visits Fayetteville right smack in the middle of Arkansas’ SEC season.
Football-wise, the Chanticleers visit to Fayetteville comes at a perfect time for the Razorbacks. Right smack in the middle of SEC play, Arkansas will need a bit of a breather.
The timing could mean a couple things for the Razorbacks:
First, it may come at a time Arkansas could use a break from conference play. Perhaps the Hogs have been playing good football (as our Jason Kersey and Trent Shadid are predicting at this point). Or maybe they could use a reset button if they are struggling in SEC play (like I’m predicting thus far).
The matchup is intriguing either way. Coastal Carolina’s football program played its inaugural season in 2003 and has already climbed the ranks to FBS play — this being the first year at this level. The Chanticleers spent the last few seasons under Moglia being an excellent, perennial playoff team in the Football Championship Subdivision.
As for Moglia, well, he serves as the chairman of TD Ameritrade; you know, the online brokerage firm. You’ve seen the commercials. Moglia used to run the whole joint as CEO, too. A transition to FBS football isn’t going to faze him in the least.
This is the ninth game of the Razorbacks season:
Coastal Carolina Chanticleers
Conference: Sun Belt
Coach: Joe Moglia (sixth season, 51-15)
Last season: 10-2 (FCS Independent)
Plays Arkansas: Nov. 4 at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville
2016 by the numbers
- Scoring offense: 37.3 points per game
- Passing offense: 133.3 yards per game
- Rushing offense: 254.3 yards per game
- Scoring defense: 19.3 points per game
- Passing defense: 208.1 yards allowed per game
- Rushing defense: 123.7 yards allowed per game
Coastal Carolina offense
Consider those numbers above were against FCS teams, not FBS ones. So, if they look a bit higher than you expected, that’s why. But don’t kid yourself, either. Coastal Carolina has a potent offense. Or did, anyway.
The Chanticleers lost their top two rushers from a team that was better running the ball than passing. Marcus Outlow is in, though, to help. The Boston College transfer has FBS experience, even if it’s only a bit. Same is true at quarterback, where Austin Wilson comes in as a grad transfer from Syracuse. Tyler Keane is actually the returning starter and could keep his gig, too. Otherwise, it’s a struggle with experience. Coastal Carolina returns two starters on the offensive line and just one wide receiver. They’ll be down from last season.
Coastal Carolina defense
Coastal Carolina’s defense could actually be better, though. Five players are back in the front seven. Thing is, the two players missing from the group were their top defensive lineman and linebacker. Shane Johnson is good in the middle.
But good for a Sun Belt team isn’t likely to make much difference against Arkansas. This isn’t Louisiana-Monroe circa 2011. Coastal Carolina’s defense simply won’t have the chops to stop a Razorbacks offense that should be completely firing by this point of the season.
Coastal Carolina vs. Arkansas positional edges
- Quarterback — Arkansas
- Running back — Arkansas
- Receivers — Arkansas
- Offensive line — Arkansas
- Defensive line — Arkansas
- Linebackers — Arkansas
- Secondary — Arkansas
- Special teams — Arkansas
What SEC Country says about Coastal Carolina vs. Arkansas
Eric Bolin: If Arkansas’ season goes the way I’ve predicted so far, then the Razorbacks will badly need this game. If Arkansas’ season goes the way Kersey and Shadid are predicting, this is more of a take-a-breath game. Either way, however, it should be a relatively easy Hogs win.
Prediction: Razorbacks 42, Coastal Carolina 7
Jason Kersey: Coastal Carolina is gearing up for its first season as an FBS program and that is certainly exciting for the Chanticleers. Coastal was a very good FCS program and definitely isn’t a pushover, but Arkansas holds the talent edge and shouldn’t have too much trouble.
Prediction: Razorbacks 38, Coastal Carolina 17
Trent Shadid: The Chanticleers (what a great mascot) are probably better than you think. They finished 10-2 last season, their final campaign at the FCS level. The losses came by one point each to Jacksonville State and Charleston Southern, two of the better programs at the level formerly known as Division I-AA. So, Coastal may not be a pushover, but there’s still a significant talent gap the Hogs should easily exploit.
Prediction: Razorbacks 45, Coastal Carolina 24
Projected average final score of Coastal Carolina vs. Arkansas
Razorbacks 42, Coastal Carolina 16
Arkansas’ projected record so far
SEC Country: 5.3-3.6