The South Alabama Jaguars (2-9) host the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers (5-6) on Friday afternoon in Sun Belt Conference action. Kickoff is set for 3:00 PM EST at Ladd-Peebles Stadium and the game will be broadcast on ESPN+.

Taking a look at the Week 13 college football odds, Coastal Carolina opened as a 1.5-point road favorite earlier this week. That line has shifted by half a point after early betting, as the Chanticleers are currently listed at -2. The total for the game is sitting at 58.5 points.

Vegas Betting Preview & Game Odds: South Alabama vs Coastal Carolina

Coastal Carolina is still in search of their sixth win on the season after getting crushed 41-17 at home by Georgia Southern last weekend. The Chanticleers were badly outplayed on both sides of the ball, especially on the ground where they gave up a ridiculous 409 rushing yards and five touchdowns. Eagles QB Shai Werts only attempted six passes all game, as the Coastal Carolina run defense simply had no answers in Week 12. Things didn’t exactly go well on offense for the Chanticleers either, as both Fred Payton and Kilton Anderson saw action at quarterback but couldn’t find a way to pass for more than 100 yards. RB Torrance Marable led the way on the ground, rushing for only 45 yards. Ky’Jon Tyler was the leading receiver with just two catches for 38 yards. As a whole, Coastal Carolina is currently averaging 26.5 points per game (87th overall).

The Chanticleers have played well below average on the other side of the ball this year, as opponents are currently averaging 33.4 points per game (104th overall).Their performance against the run in Week 12 certainly wasn’t an outlier, as they are giving up an average 236.5 yards per game on the ground (119th overall).

South Alabama dropped to 2-9 on the season last weekend after a hard-fought 48-38 loss to Louisiana on the road. The Jaguars hung tough for four quarters, scoring 21 points in the second half to make things interesting heading down the stretch. QB Cole Garvin had a strong game against the Ragin’ Cajuns, throwing for 254 yards and two touchdowns. He had a ton of help from WR Kawaan Baker, who caught four passes for 80 yards and a touchdown. RB Tra Minter also had a solid performance, rushing for 87 yards and a touchdown. Overall, South Alabama is averaging just 23.5 points per game (108th overall).

The Jaguars have been one of the worst teams in the entire country defensively, giving up an average of 39.7 points per game to opponents (123rd overall). They have had the most trouble stopping the run, allowing 213.1 yards per game on the ground (111th overall) through their first eleven games of the year.

NCAA Football Betting Predictions & Free Pick: Coastal Carolina -2

There really isn’t a lot to get excited about in this particular matchup, as both of these teams have really struggled so far this season. However, Coastal Carolina can still become bowl-eligible if they can find a way to grind out a cover on the road here in Week 13. This spread is also still quite small, which makes me feel like the Chanticleers offer at least decent value on Friday afternoon. I know that they have lost three games in a row, but South Alabama is just 2-9 on the year and certainly not as good as Appalachian State, Arkansas State, or GA Southern.

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The Jaguars are just 18-37-1 ATS in their last 56 games overall. They are also only 8-20 ATS over their last 28 games following an against the spread win and 9-26-1 ATS in their last 36 conference games. Coast Carolina is a perfect 5-0 ATS in their last five games on turf. They are also a solid 4-1 ATS over their last five road games and 5-1 ATS in their last six games against teams with a losing record.

I know that things really haven’t gone well for the Chanticleers as of late, but I’m still extremely surprised that they are favored by less than a field goal against a team that has won just two games all season long. Coastal Carolina is definitely the better team on both sides of the ball, so I’m more than happy to lay the two points and take the road favorite in this matchup.