The first ever FBS schedule has been released for CCU and Joe Moglia as the Chanticleers have the opportunity to get out to a fast start.
Coastal Carolina 2017 Football Schedule
|September 2nd||vs. UMass|
|September 16th||at UAB|
|September 23rd||vs. Western Illinois|
|September 30th||at ULM|
|October 7th||vs. Georgia State|
|October 14th||at Arkansas State|
|October 21st||at Appalachian State|
|October 28th||vs. Texas State|
|November 4th||at Arkansas|
|November 11th||vs. Troy|
|November 18th||at Idaho|
|December 2nd||vs. Georgia Southern|
Things look bright for Coastal early as their first five games are very winnable. The Chanticleers get three of their first five contests at home and a 5-0 start is not out of the realm of possibility. There’s a strong chance that CCU will be favored in every ballgame and could get off to an early 3-0 start in Sun Belt play. The bye in the second week is odd, but it should prepare the Chants for a very winnable football game in Birmingham.
Here Come the Rough Waters
In the next five contests, CCU will get the three best teams in the Sun Belt (Appalachian State, Troy, Arkansas State) with two of these contests coming on the road. Add in a November trip to Fayetteville to take on the Hogs and a stretch of 10 games without a bye will be a tall task for Coastal. This is going to be one tired football team come November. The match-up with Texas State on October 28th in Conway seems like a must win game to help the Chants tread these brutal waters.
The Chants, unfortunately, are ineligible for postseason play this fall but the opportunity to build some momentum going into the offseason will be there. Traveling all the way to Moscow and taking on Idaho in the Kibbie Dome playing your 10th game in 10 weeks seems a bit unfair. However, if you can win that and get to your bye you could make some things happen in the final week. Georgia Southern will travel to Brooks Stadium to play their 9th game in 9 weeks and the Eagles should be ripe for a loss. If Georgia Southern performs to their expectations, this could be a chance for Moglia to get his first statement win as an FBS head coach.
Looking at this schedule, the chance to build momentum is there for this FBS startup program. The Sun Belt did them a favor by putting winnable games in the front and back of their schedule so Coastal can get some positivity pumped into their program with no chance of a bowl in 2017. Take care of business in the first six weeks, survive the treacherous storm from mid-October to mid-November, and steal a game at the end and CCU will be in business in the Fun Belt.