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No. 13 Coastal Carolina looks to remain unbeaten vs. Troy

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“It’s a great opportunity for us, and I know our guys are extremely excited to play these guys at home,” Troy coach Chip Lindsey said. “We’ll need to play really well in three phases.”

This is the third year in a row that Troy has played host to a ranked opponent.

The Chanticleers have won 11 consecutive games overall. They’re the only team in Sun Belt Conference history to hold a 10-0 record.

Quarterback Grayson McCall, who has thrown for 1,832 yards and 20 touchdowns this season, has been among the Chanticleers’ breakthrough players.

“Grayson don’t play like a (redshirt) freshman,” Carter said. “Grayson plays like a fifth-year senior. “He goes out there, takes charge. He’s running the show when he’s out there.”

Running back CJ Marable of Coastal Carolina has posted more than 100 rushing yards the past two games along with a team-high 16 touchdowns. He has scored in the past nine games.

While there are numerous Sun Belt results to compare the teams, there’s also another common opponent. Troy faced Brigham Young in September, losing 48-7 in Utah.

Troy quarterback Gunnar Watson went 35 of 41 passing for 297 yards and three touchdowns against South Alabama. The team has compiled more than 400 yards in six games this season.

Coastal Carolina provided a dramatic finishing touch against BYU. Troy’s second halves have been sprinkled with disappointments as the Trojans have led at halftime in seven games.

The Coastal Carolina-Troy game was rescheduled from mid-November, with the postponement stemming from coronavirus protocols at Troy.

This will be the fourth meeting between the teams. Coastal Carolina’s lone victory came 36-35 on Marable’s two-point conversion run with 30 seconds remaining last year at home. That outcome marked the fewest points Troy has scored in the series.

–Field Level Media

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