The Coastal Carolina Chanticleers (10-1) football team will play the South Carolina Gamecocks (8-2) for the first time on Saturday, November 23 at Williams-Brice Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m.
Coastal Carolina is 0-6 lifetime in games against FBS schools. South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier is 47-0 lifetime against FCS teams.
The game will be played one week prior to South Carolina's annual showdown against Clemson. Coastal Carolina will prepare for the FCS Playoffs following the South Carolina game. CCU head coach Joe Moglia insists his squad will play to win, but he admits he will save some of his starters for the post-season if the game with the Gamecocks gets out of hand.
CCU has clinched a share of the Big South Championship. If Liberty wins this weekend at Charleston Southern, Coastal would earn an automatic berth in the FCS Playoffs. If Charleston Southern wins, CCU would need to rely on an at-large berth.
Like CCU, South Carolina has completed the conference portion of their schedule. The Gamecocks hold the tie-breaker over the SEC Eastern Division leading Missouri Tigers. If Missouri loses either at Ole Miss or at home against Texas A&M, South Carolina would represent the East in the SEC Championship game. The winner of Alabama and Auburn will represent the West in the SEC Championship.
At his weekly news conference prior to playing the Gamecocks, Coastal Carolina head coach Joe Moglia said, "It's a big game for our guys. We know that. It's a big game for the University. We know that. And we're excited because it's a big game."
Coastal Carolina left guard Jamey Cheatwood was asked if the Chanticleers can beat the Gamecocks, "I expect to win. I'm not, I mean, to just clear the air, I'm not going up there to make memories or get a moral victory. I'm going up there to win a game."
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