Bowl Wins Hard to Come by for East Carolina
This first meeting between the Coast Carolina Chanticleers and East Carolina Pirates will come in the Birmingham Bowl.
Coastal Carolina is looking for its second straight bowl victory after outscoring Northern Illinois 47-41 with a stop at the goal line as time expired in the 2021 Cure Bowl. East Carolina has dropped four of its last five bowls.
Coastal Carolina head coach Jamey Chadwell accepted the job at Liberty. North Carolina offensive coordinator Tim Beck has been hired as the Chanticleers’ head coach. However, he won’t coach in the Birmingham Bowl.
Four of the last five Birmingham Bowls have finished as one-score games, with American Athletic Conference teams winning four four of those contests.
The NCAA football odds list East Carolina as the 7½-point favorite.
Let’s check the latest college football odds, stats, injury reports and college football lines for Coastal Carolina vs East Carolina. We’ve plenty of NCAA football odds for you to consider.
One Last Outing for McCall
Grayson McCall, who had seven touchdown passes and just one interception in two bowl games for Coastal Carolina, was thought to be lost for the season when was injured in early November. He returned for the regular-season finale against Troy.
McCall is in the transfer portal, but is expected to play in the bowl game. He won’t have center Willie Lampkin, who is also in the transfer portal.
McCall has 24 touchdown passes and two interceptions this season. McCall has 78 TD passes and eight interceptions during his career.
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Sam Pinckney needs 83 receiving yards to hit the 1,000-yard mark.
The defense will be without top passer rusher Josaiah Stewart as he has transferred to Michigan. Stewart had 12½ sacks as a freshman before that number dropped to 3½ this season. Cornerback Manny Stokes is also sitting this game out.
Coastal Carolina has covered against the Las Vegas odds in just two of its last six games.
Ready to Hit the Ground Running
Is there a player with back-to-back 1,000-yard rushing seasons who has received less attention than East Carolina‘s Keaton Mitchell?
He ended the regular season with 222 yards in a win over Temple. He has six straight 100-yard games for the Pirates.
East Carolina is 11-3 over the last three seasons when Mitchell rushed for more than 100 yards, but the Pirates are 4-13 when he has less than 100 yards.
Mitchell is also a factor in the passing game with 47 catches over the last two seasons.
Center Avery Jones is in the transfer portal and that could hurt the running game for the Pirates. Tight end Ryan Jones is opting out of the bowl game.
East Carolina has covered against the college football predictions in 13 of its last 20 games.
Coastal Carolina vs East Carolina Game Injuries
Coastal Carolina vs East Carolina Head-to-Head
This is the first meeting between the Chanticleers and Pirates.
East Carolina’s 39-21 win against Old Dominion snapped a three-game losing streak against Sun Belt teams.
This is the first matchup for Coastal Carolina against a team from the American Athletic Conference since 2010.
Coastal Carolina vs East Carolina Information
- Game: Coastal Carolina (9-3) vs East Carolina (7-5)
- When: Tuesday, Dec. 27, 6:45 p.m. ET
- Location: Protective Stadium, Birmingham, AL
- Coastal Carolina vs East Carolina Live Stream: ESPN
Coastal Carolina vs East Carolina Betting Lines
Coastal Carolina vs East Carolina Picks & Prediction
There are some talented offensive players set to take part in the Birmingham Bowl so perhaps there will be a return to the game featuring more than 40 points. That was the case in the previous eight contests before last year’s 17-13 affair won by Houston.
East Carolina has allowed 6.17 yards per offensive play, the second-highest total in the American Athletic Conference, while Coastal Carolina has allowed 6.41 yards per play.
Coastal Carolina has covered in eight of its last 10 games when listed as the underdog. East Carolina has won 15 of its last 18 games as the favorite.
The Coastal Carolina Chanticleers are listed at +250 in our Vegas college football lines. This means that if you wager $100 on the Chanticleers, you have a chance to win $250. The East Carolina Pirates are -300, offering a chance to win $33 on a $100 wager.
The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives Coastal Carolina a 28.57% chance to win, with East Carolina at 75.00%.