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South Alabama vs. Coastal Carolina 11/7/2020 College Football Picks, Prediction, and Preview

The South Alabama visits Coastal Carolina on 11/7/2020 at 8:00PM.

South Alabama and Coastal Carolina face off in an important game for both teams as every game in this shortened season with limited or no fans in attendance means more. South Alabama has a record of 3-3 this season. Coastal Carolina is 6-0 this season. Both have players to meet and know.

South Alabama Team Defense Preview

South Alabama has had 66 total defensive drives this season and they yield 5.56 plays per drive. There is not much to take away here when it comes to how many plays per drive opponents run, but they are a team that falls in the average window when it comes to plays per drive. South Alabama has a generally average defense. Nothing too special about it, but they are capable of rising up when needed. Passing plays make up 44.96% of their opponents’ play calls.Their opponents favor running the ball as opposed airing it out.

South Alabama is not doing anything particularly special as far as their ability to create negative yardage plays on the ground. Opponent rushing yards attributed to their offensive line this season comes out to 2.52 yards per carry. Opponent offensive lines have been simply unable to support their running games against this defense. This is also a team that is allowing running backs and quarterbacks to get to the second-level in an average fashion. Opponents have shown a relatively average level of explosiveness in the running game, maybe there will be a breakout rushing play against them.

This is not a disruptive Defense and they get pushed over way too easily. Perhaps they are too vanilla with playcalling. This front seven is simply unable to make an impact, something must change or else the problems will repeat. South Alabama is better at stopping the run than the pass this season.

South Alabama Team Offense Preview

South Alabama has had 65 drives in non-garbage time minutes and they average 5.95 plays per drive. South Alabama runs a lot of plays per drive and this could wear an opposing defense down. South Alabama is an average offense when it comes to staying ahead of the chains, getting into 3rd and Short scenarios, and converting on 3rd and 4th Down. Passing plays make up 47.80% of their play calls.Relatively speaking, this is a team that favors run/pass balance.

South Alabama struggles with running the ball, getting zero or negative yard plays is disspiriting and the offensive line is not effectively making a good push. Poor playcalling, pre-snap adjustments or post-snap reads may be responsible and this could fall on the Quarterback, Offensive Coordinator, and Head Coach. How effective is the offensive line given what we know about their ability to prevent negative yards on rushing plays? More than you think, thanks to the Adjusted Line Yards metric. South Alabama can take credit for 2.29 yards per carry. So what does this mean? It means that the offensive line has been incredibly disappointing in their contribution to the ground game. When it comes to getting to that second level where linebackers have not crashed down on the line of scrimmage, they are getting stopped with ease. They feature a relatively average explosiveness in the running game, maybe there will be a breakout rushing play, but it is not something to count on from them.

Defenses have been able to impose their will on the South Alabama Offense this season. Front sevens of opposing defenses are causing a lot of problems. South Alabama is a better passing team than running team this season.

Coastal Carolina Team Defense Preview

Coastal Carolina has had 61 total defensive drives this season and they yield 5.07 plays per drive. Relatively speaking, Coastal Carolina is not a team that allows many plays per drive. This defense either gives up big plays quickly or induces a lot of three-and-outs, we shall find out more. Coastal Carolina has a generally average defense. Nothing too special about it, but they are capable of rising up when needed. Coastal Carolina opponents pass the football 50.49% of the time.Opponents typically have some form of run/pass balance against them.

Coastal Carolina is not doing anything particularly special as far as their ability to create negative yardage plays on the ground. How effective are opposing offensive lines given what we know about their ability to force negative yardage rushing plays? Coastal Carolina can take credit for holding the offensive line of their opponent to 3.0 yards per carry. Generally speaking, this is an average defense when it comes to how offensive lines control or fail to control them on the ground. This is a team that is getting gashed too much for the tastes of their base. Linebackers are not stopping the bleeding well enough. They are capable of giving up a long run, which is really demoralizing when the opposing team has the ball deep in their own territory.

Disruptive plays are a part of the fabric of this team’s defensive effort. Game changing plays that drive Offensive Coordinators and Quarterbacks crazy, they find ways to deliver. Getting more specific, this front seven is a cause of a lot of headaches for offenses. They may be good enough to cause trouble in pass rush with just four rushers!Coastal Carolina has shown themselves to be better at stopping the pass than the run this season.

Coastal Carolina Team Offense Preview

Coastal Carolina has had 62 total drives this season and they generate 5.76 plays per drive. Coastal Carolina runs a lot of plays per drive and this could wear an opposing defense down. Coastal Carolina has shown a capability to be explosive on first and second down to avoid third downs and has converted well (relatively) on 3rd and 4th Down situations. Passing plays make up 38.10% of their play calls.They favor running the ball as opposed airing it out.

Coastal Carolina is not doing anything particularly special as far as their ability to avoid negative yardage plays on the ground. Based on the Adjusted Line Yards metric, which measures the amount of credit that should be ascribed to the offensive line for a rushing play, they average 2.97 yards per carry. Generally speaking, this is an average offensive line as far as their ability to set up the running game. This is a team that is rather above-average when it comes to gashing defenses. The threat of the run should force opposing to play more honest and assignment defensive football is a must. The breakout rushing plays are simply not happening, it is a massive reach to expect this team to bust out big rushing plays.

Defenses have had trouble making big, disruptive plays against Coastal Carolina this season. There has been a relatively good job done by this Offensive Line to prevent opposing front sevens from causing problems consistently. Coastal Carolina is a better passing team than running team this season.

The South Alabama Roster

The Players to Watch for South Alabama

Desmond Trotter QB 6-3 200

This season, Desmond Trotter has put up 944 yards and 8 touchdowns. He has thrown 2 interceptions. He has a QB Rating of 174.7thus far this season. Desmond Trotter has thrown 2 interceptions this season.As a rusher, Desmond Trotter has 77.0 rushing yards, which puts him in the 77.25 percentile among Quarterbacks. He ran the ball as opposed to throwing the ball 39.0 times this season, which puts him in the 84.9 percentile. Has he hit paydirt as a runner? He has 1.0 rushing touchdowns this season.

Carlos Davis RB 5-10 205

This season, Carlos Davis has 513 rushing yards on 117 carries. Was he able to get to the end zone on the ground? He has 2 rushing touchdowns.As a receiver in the backfield, Carlos Davis picked up 72 yards. He caught the ball as opposed to taking handoffs or catching laterals 7 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 0 receiving touchdowns this season.

Jalen Tolbert WR 6-3 195

This season, Jalen Tolbert picked up 524 yards. He caught the ball 32 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 5 receiving touchdowns this season.

Jeremiah Littles DL 6-2 290

The leading tackler among Defensive Tackles for South Alabama, Jeremiah Littles has 18 tackles this season. He was able to keep rushers back and penetrate the offensive line with 3 tackles for loss, which puts him in the 86.16 percentile among Defensive Tackles. When it came to rushing the Quarterback, he has been able to take them down 2 times this season, which put him in the 87.42 percentile among all Defensive Tackles in College Football. He has forced 0 fumbles this season.

Keith Gallmon S 5-9 205

He is the leading tackler among non-exclusive Defensive Backs (meaning he can play either Safety Position, Nickel Back, Star or even play as a Cornerback in coverage) for South Alabama, Keith Gallmon had 46 tackles which puts him in the 99.0 percentile among returning non-exclusive Defensive Backs. He was able to keep rushers and receivers back on screens with 1 tackles for loss last season, which puts him in the 79.41 percentile among Secondary position players. When it came to blitzing the Quarterback, last season he was able to take them down 0 times last season. Keith Gallmon as a ball hawker was able to pick off 1 passes last season, which puts him in the 88.29 percentile among returning secondary position players last season.

Darrell Luter Jr. CB 6-0 175

Considered the leading tackler among non-exclusive Defensive Backs (meaning he can play either Safety Position, Nickel Back, Star or even play as a Cornerback in coverage) for South Alabama, Darrell Luter Jr. had 18 tackles which puts him in the 87.17 percentile among returning non-exclusive Defensive Backs. He was able to keep rushers and receivers back on screens with 0 tackles for loss last season, which puts him in the 37.55 percentile among Secondary position players. When it came to blitzing the Quarterback, last season he was able to take them down 0 times last season. Darrell Luter Jr. as a ball hawker was able to pick off 0 passes last season, which puts him in the 38.66 percentile among returning secondary position players last season.

The Coastal Carolina Roster

The Players to Watch for Coastal Carolina

Grayson McCall QB 6-3 200

This season, Grayson McCall has put up 1184 yards and 15 touchdowns. He has thrown 1 interceptions. He has a QB Rating of 201.8thus far this season. Grayson McCall has thrown 1 interceptions this season.As a rusher, Grayson McCall has 199.0 rushing yards, which puts him in the 91.76 percentile among Quarterbacks. He ran the ball as opposed to throwing the ball 48.0 times this season, which puts him in the 89.02 percentile. Has he hit paydirt as a runner? He has 4.0 rushing touchdowns this season.

Torrance Marable RB 5-10 200

This season, Torrance Marable has 353 rushing yards on 93 carries. Was he able to get to the end zone on the ground? He has 5 rushing touchdowns.As a receiver in the backfield, Torrance Marable picked up 133 yards. He caught the ball as opposed to taking handoffs or catching laterals 17 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 4 receiving touchdowns this season.

Jaivon Heiligh WR 6-2 190

This season, Jaivon Heiligh picked up 515 yards. He caught the ball 30 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 6 receiving touchdowns this season.

C.J. Brewer DT 6-2 280

The leading tackler among Defensive Tackles for Coastal Carolina, C.J. Brewer has 26 tackles this season. He was able to keep rushers back and penetrate the offensive line with 6 tackles for loss, which puts him in the 98.09 percentile among Defensive Tackles. When it came to rushing the Quarterback, he has been able to take them down 4 times this season, which put him in the 99.45 percentile among all Defensive Tackles in College Football. He has forced 1 fumbles this season.

Tarron Jackson DE 6-2 260

The leading tackler among Defensive Tackles for Coastal Carolina, Tarron Jackson has 23 tackles this season. He was able to keep rushers back and penetrate the offensive line with 7 tackles for loss, which puts him in the 98.3 percentile among Defensive Tackles. When it came to rushing the Quarterback, he has been able to take them down 4 times this season, which put him in the 97.48 percentile among all Defensive Tackles in College Football. He has forced 2 fumbles this season.

Alex Spillum S 6-2 190

He is the leading tackler among non-exclusive Defensive Backs (meaning he can play either Safety Position, Nickel Back, Star or even play as a Cornerback in coverage) for Coastal Carolina, Alex Spillum had 24 tackles which puts him in the 84.66 percentile among returning non-exclusive Defensive Backs. He was able to keep rushers and receivers back on screens with 0 tackles for loss last season, which puts him in the 35.61 percentile among Secondary position players. When it came to blitzing the Quarterback, last season he was able to take them down 0 times last season. Alex Spillum as a ball hawker was able to pick off 1 passes last season, which puts him in the 88.29 percentile among returning secondary position players last season.

Derrick Bush CB 6-1 190

Considered the leading tackler among non-exclusive Defensive Backs (meaning he can play either Safety Position, Nickel Back, Star or even play as a Cornerback in coverage) for Coastal Carolina, Derrick Bush had 16 tackles which puts him in the 81.78 percentile among returning non-exclusive Defensive Backs. He was able to keep rushers and receivers back on screens with 2 tackles for loss last season, which puts him in the 93.49 percentile among Secondary position players. When it came to blitzing the Quarterback, last season he was able to take them down 0 times last season. Derrick Bush as a ball hawker was able to pick off 1 passes last season, which puts him in the 85.32 percentile among returning secondary position players last season.

South Alabama vs. Coastal Carolina Prediction, Picks, and Odds


Prediction: South Alabama 26 Coastal Carolina 36

Spread Pick: South Alabama +18 -110 JazzSports
Moneyline Pick: Coastal Carolina -800 JazzSports
Total Pick: Over 55 -113 Pinnacle Sports