Coastal Carolina vs. Georgia State Odds, Spread and Over/Under for College Football Week 4

Georgia State Panthers quarterback Darren Grainger.
Georgia State Panthers quarterback Darren Grainger. / Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Two teams with opposite records meet in their respective Sun Belt opener.

Coastal Carolina has been one of the darlings of the Sun Belt over the past few years with Grayson McCall under center and now open their conference slate against 0-3 Georgia State.

The Panthers were seen as a dark horse this season with a veteran and talented roster, but it's been tough sledding thus far. The team lost their first two games to Power 5 schools South and North Carolina as underdogs, but then lost as near three touchdown favorites to Charlotte at home.

Can the team get on track to start conference play against an undefeated opponent? Let's check out the odds from FanDuel Sportsbook and find the best bet:

Coastal Carolina vs. Georgia State Odds, Spread and Total

Coastal Carolina vs. Georgia State Betting Trends

  • Coastal Carolina is 5-4 against the spread (ATS) as a road favorite under Jamey Chadwell
  • Georgia State is 4-3-1 ATS as a home underdog since 2019
  • Georgia State is 13-15-1 ATS in Sun Belt play
  • Coastal Carolina is 13-16-3 ATS in Sun Belt play

Coastal Carolina vs. Georgia State Prediction and Pick

The Panthers need to turn the page quickly despite dropping a game as a massive favorite over the weekend to Charlotte, who got their quarterback Chris Reynolds back from injury. However, if we go back to last season, the Panthers won at Coastal 42-40, and I do lean towards the Panthers side yet again.

I was high on Georgia State before the season, and the 0-3 start doesn't dissuade me from this particular game. Coastal Carolina is off to a 3-0 start that includes a win over Army, a close win against FCS foe Gardner-Webb and double-digit win against rebuilding Buffalo. I simply haven't been impressed with the Coastal defense just yet against lowly competition.

The Chanticleers have one of the lowest returning productions from last season, so I don't hold that much weight in their prior success in the Sun Belt, and their defense has allowed nearly six yards per play against inferior competition.

Meanwhile, Georgia State competed with two P5 programs (despite what the South Carolina score line read as the Gamecocks had two blocked punts for touchdowns). While the Panthers' defensive numbers may be concerning, they have played the far tougher competition.

McCall is a game changer and can take over this game, but I don't trust his supporting cast, nor the defense to win in their first road game.

As I said earlier, Georgia State has a rush heavy offense, but quarterback Darren Grainger brings a ton of upside through the air as well. Grainer completed 64% of his passes for 343 yards and four touchdowns in the loss to Charlotte, and also held up nicely against North Carolina (16-of-24, 186 passing yards and three touchdowns).

I think Grainger has the goods at home to outduel McCall and get the Panthers their first victory of the season. Georgia State held down the likes of South Carolina on the road, and I'm not trusting the new-look Chanticleers just yet.