No. 16 Coastal Carolina hasn't seen the shine from its 11-1 season wear off so far in 2021, as the Chanticleers are 2-0 heading into their Week 3 college football matchup against Buffalo. Coastal is coming off its third straight win over Kansas, and this year's victory was even more convincing, though it did come against a rebuilding Jayhawks team. The Buffalo Bulls, meanwhile, are 1-1 under new coach Maurice Linguist after Lance Leipold took his talents — and several transfers from Buffalo — to Kansas this offseason.
Kickoff is set for noon ET. Caesars Sportsbook lists the Chanticleers as 14-point favorites in the latest Buffalo vs. Coastal Carolina odds, up 3.5 points from the opening line. The over-under for total points is set at 58. Before entering any Coastal Carolina vs. Buffalo picks, you'll want to see the college football predictions from the model at SportsLine.
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- Buffalo vs. Coastal Carolina spread: Coastal Carolina -14
- Buffalo vs. Coastal Carolina over-under: 58 points
What you need to know about Buffalo
While Buffalo lost several key players to transfer once Leipold left for Kansas, the cupboard isn't bare for the Bulls and their new coach. With game-breaking running back Jarret Patterson off to the NFL, Kevin Marks Jr. has been a reliable option in the backfield with 72 yards against Wagner to open the season and 85 against Nebraska in Week 2. Against an explosive Coastal Carolina offense, controlling the game with a sustainable rushing attack will be key.
While the Bulls didn't measure up in their challenge against the Cornhuskers, they won't be facing the same kind of beef up front against Coastal Carolina. Buffalo should have an easier time creating offense and sustaining drives against the Chanticleers defense than it did in its 28-3 loss to Nebraska. That could keep this game close enough for Buffalo to cover, even if the Bulls can't keep up with quarterback Grayson McCall and Coastal's humming offense.
What you need to know about Coastal Carolina
Meanwhile, Coastal Carolina made easy work of the Kansas Jayhawks last Friday and carried off a 49-22 victory. The Chanticleers can attribute much of their success to running back Reese White, who rushed for three TDs and 102 yards on 14 carries. It was Coastal Carolina's third straight win over the Jayhawks as they swept the three-game series they signed with the Big 12 cellar dweller.
White leads the team with 164 rushing yards and five touchdowns on the ground. McCall is completing a whopping 82.5 percent of his passes for 507 yards and three scores. He's yet to be intercepted and has only taken one sack all season.
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