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Coastal Carolina 2017 Schedule Released

The Chants make their FBS debut in 2017.

Coastal Carolina v South Carolina
Joe Moglia and the Chanticleers will make their debut in the Sun Belt this fall.
Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

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 v South Carolina
Coastal Carolina will now look to hold their own against the big boys.
Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

Coastal Carolina 2017 Football Schedule

Date Opponent
Date Opponent
September 2nd vs. UMass
September 9th Bye
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
November 25th Bye
December 2nd vs. Georgia Southern

FBS Beginning

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.

Finish Strong

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.

Final Look

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.