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Grayson McCall of the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers throws a pass against the Buffalo Bulls.
Grayson McCall of the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers throws a pass against the Buffalo Bulls. Photo by Timothy T Ludwig/Getty Images via AFP.

Coastal Carolina and Georgia State both play their first Sun Belt Conference matchup of the 2022 season when they college Thursday. Here are our top Coastal Carolina-Georgia State picks.

Both teams are starting at 0-0 in conference play for the season. The fresh slate is likely welcomed by Georgia State, which lost games to South Carolina, North Carolina, and Charlotte by margins of 21, 7, and 1 point, respectively.

Coastal Carolina has defeated Army, Gardner-Webb, and Buffalo by no fewer than four points and by as many as 12. However, Georgia State won last year's conference showdown by a 42-40 score on the road.

Here are our top picks for Coastal Carolina-Georgia State (odds via DraftKings Sportsbook, PointsBet, and FanDuel Sportsbook; pick confidence based on a 1-to-5-star scale).

Coastal Carolina vs. Georgia State Game Info

Date: Thursday, Sept. 22, 7:30 p.m. ET
TV: ESPN2
Location: Center Parc Stadium, Atlanta, GA
Weather: 65 degrees, 2% chance of precipitation, 20-mph winds

Coastal Carolina vs. Georgia State Odds Analysis

There has been very little line movement in this matchup despite fairly lopsided betting action.

The spread remains at the opening number of CCU -2 even with 78% of the tickets and 77% of the cash on the Chanticleers. The total has fallen from 62.5 at open to 62 despite 69% of the tickets accounting for 61% of the cash on the Over.

Coastal Carolina vs. Georgia State Picks

Coastal Carolina vs. Georgia State ATS Pick

Georgia State +2.5 (-105) ★★★

Throw records out, and look at the matchups these two teams have had in the first three weeks. The Panthers have played two Power 5 schools, while the Chanticleers have played Army, Buffalo, and Gardner-Webb. The Chanticleers’ contests have all been at home, yet they won by modest margins of 10, 12, and four points, respectively.

The difference in this game is going to be the Panthers’ defense. Both offenses will score, but the Panthers played pretty well defensively against UNC and South Carolina. There won’t be many punts in this game, but if the Panthers can force one or two, that may be all they need to secure a win.

The Panthers are at home and battle-tested. The Chanticleers have been cruising. Take Georgia State, and maybe even sprinkle a little on the moneyline.

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Coastal Carolina vs. Georgia State O/U Pick

Over 62 (-110 via PointsBet) ★★★

There is no number too high for this game. Quarterbacks Grayson McCall and Darren Grainger of CCU and Georgia State, respectively, are two of the best quarterbacks in the Group of 5 conferences. They will light it up in Thursday's head-to-head meeting. 

That being said, this is one of three college football games being played on Thursday. That means there will be more betting action on this one than usual. Any causal bettors who do a quick look and throw down some money will take the Over. Oddsmakers know that.

This Over should hit without a problem, but be wary of playing into the house's hand.

Coastal Carolina vs. Georgia State Prop Pick

First half Over 30.5 (-110) ★★★

The first half total discrepancy is real across sportsbooks. On DraftKings, the number is at 30.5, while at FanDuel, it is all the way up at 33. This gives you an excellent middle opportunity, if you are feeling brave.

However, for the best play, find the lowest line you can and take the Over. The Chanticleers have been more of a second-half scoring team so far this season, but they have also rarely played from behind. Georgia State, meanwhile, has been better in the first half. The Panthers should score enough to keep the pace of this game moving, and the Chanticleers should be able to answer to send this first-half total over.

Where to Bet on Coastal Carolina vs. Georgia State

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Coastal Carolina-Georgia State picks made 9/20/2022 at 10 a.m. ET