Opponent Previews: Football vs Coastal Carolina (10/20)


The Record: 2-5
The Streak: L2
The 12-Game Pace: 39
The Spread: UMass3, O/U 73.5

 

UMass looks to rebound after coming off their bye in matchup with Coastal Carolina

 

UMass is coming off two consecutive 58-42 losses and a bye week heading into their matchup with Coastal Carolina. The team has held leads early in each game and even won the fourth quarter both times as well. The problem continues to be in sustaining their performance in the middle.

UMass had really figured it out on the offensive side of the field and continues to be an entertaining offense to watch. The Minutemen have put up more than 40 points in their past three contests and Andy Isabella has been a major threat for the team all season. Isabella has led all receivers with 839 yards and 8 TDs.

Unfortunately for the team the defense hasn’t been able to hold up on their end. The UMass defense has given up 272 yards per game on the ground on top of 224 through the air. The defense is giving up 50 more points in the second quarter than in any other quarter and have given up 202 points in the second and third as opposed to 102 in the first and fourth quarters.

The good news for the Minutemen is that most of their games have been on the road so far. After returning for the USF game and a bye week the team has had plenty of time to get comfortable back on campus where they’ve won 2 of their 3 games this year.

Coastal Carolina comes to Amherst after two straight losses of their own where they’ve allowed 45 points in each game while only putting up a combined 41 themselves. On the season, Coastal Carolina has a 3-3 record including a 2-2 record on the road.

The bad news for UMass is that Coastal Carolina is a team that relies on their rushing attack. The team averages 247 yards per game on the ground. However, they are outgained by their opponent on average by 14 yards and outscored by 4 points per game.

 

Game Prediction:
If anything, this is lining up to be a close game with both teams having their struggles to stop the other, especially on the ground. UMass does figure to have an advantage in this one though. Between the extra week of preparation and offensive dominance that they’ve been showing recently this is a great candidate for a game where UMass can win simply by outscoring their opponent. UMass 44 Coastal Carolina 35.

Patrick Arsenault

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