2017 Prespring Rankings: No. 129 Coastal Carolina Chantlicleers
The 2017 prespring college football rankings, taking the first look at the Coastal Carolina Chantlicleers
No. 129: Coastal Carolina Chantlicleers
Coastal Carolina Chantlicleers Prespring Status
After a fantastic 10-2 season at the lower level, Coastal Carolina is stepping up to the big leagues in its first year as an FBS program. The South Carolina school won’t be bowl eligible in its transitional year, but it’ll be able to win the Sun Belt in a dream scenario. That’s not going to happen, but it’s a veteran team starting the year on a seven-game winning streak – it’s going to be more than just a speed bump.
Coastal Carolina Chantlicleers Biggest Issue
Just how quickly can CCU adjust to the better competition? Yeah, going 10-2 was nice – and the two losses game by a grand total of two points – but there weren’t any FBS teams on the slate. It was a relatively easy run of okay FCS teams, and now the program has to get used to the upgrade in a hurry. This might be a tremendously successful program, but the last time it played an FBS team was in 2013 – South Carolina 70, Coastal Carolina 10.
Coastal Carolina Chantlicleers Biggest Positive
This is a terrific team coming into the Sun Belt fun. Instantly, De’Angelo Henderson should be one of the Sun Belt’s best running backs, there are a few quarterbacks to choose from – Tyler Keane and Josh Stilley have starting experience – and five starters on the defensive front seven are back from a group that allowed fewer than 19 points per game. This is a veteran team that knows what it’s doing, which is why …
Really, Why Are The Coastal Carolina Chantlicleers Ranked Here?
This is probably as low as CCU will be all season long. The overall talent isn’t in place to make a massive first year splash, but it’s good enough to beat UMass in the opener in Brooks Stadium, and it’ll be absolutely strong enough to beat UAB. There will be moments when the team is simply outclassed, and the jump to the next level will be a problem at times, but yeah, after winning 43 games in the last four years, this is a wait-and-see prespring ranking. The new guy should be able to shine right away.