Coastal Football faces "must win" game against Presbyterian

Coastal Carolina wide receiver Matt Hazel says the Chants must beat Presbyterian to make the FCS playoffs.

"If we lose, we're out." That's how Coastal Carolina wide receiver Matt Hazel summed up this week's game against the Presbyterian Blue Hose.

Coastal Carolina (9-1) will play Presbyterian (3-6) on Saturday, November 16 at Brooks Stadium in Conway. With a victory, Coastal Carolina is still in the hunt to earn a share of the Big South Conference Championship. Charleston Southern is 3-0, CCU is 3-1, and Liberty is 3-1 in Big South games heading into the final two weeks of the regular season.

If Coastal beats Presbyterian this week, the Chanticleers would likely secure an at large berth in the FCS Playoffs. CCU will finish the regular season with a game at South Carolina on November 23, and will be an overwhelming underdog. If they could somehow pull off a win against the Gamecocks, that would be a sure path to the post season for the Chants.

CCU lost at Charleston Southern 31-26 last weekend. If Charleston Southern wins their final two games, they will win the conference title outright.

If there is a tie for first place in the Big South Conference at the end of the regular season, the Big South will use a tie-breaking procedure. The tie-breakers for two-way ties are: 1. Head-to-head competition, 2. If a tie still exists, then the records of the tying teams against the next highest team shall be compared. 3. The process outlined in the above step shall continue through the last team if necessary.

If there are multiple ties for first place: Composite records between the tying teams shall be evaluated to determine if one team has won more games against the next highest team shall be compared. The process in step two shall continue through the last team, if necessary. If there is still a tie, a point system based on the complete schedule and wins using the latest available Sagarin rankings will determine the automatic bid for the Big South Conference into the FCS Playoffs.

Coastal is 5-1 lifetime against Presbyterian, winning the last five meetings. CCU beat Presbyterian 65-7 last year.

The Blue Hose have been horrible on the road. Since moving to Division I in 2007, they have a 4-39 record away from Bailey Memorial Stadium. Presbyterian has not won a road game this season. Their only three victories, against Brevard, VMI, and Point, were all at PC.

The Chanticleers fell to ninth in the latest FCS Coaches Poll, and 11th in the Sports Network Poll.

Kickoff for the Presbyterian at Coastal Carolina match-up is scheduled for 1 p.m. at Brooks Stadium in Conway.