The 2020 college football season continues to be a wild ride.
The craziness continues this week, as it was just announced that BYU will head to Conway, South Carolina to take on the Chanticleers of Coastal Carolina on Saturday. Keep in mind, this was announced today, Thursday morning, and the game is taking place in two days.
In a sport where games are often scheduled years in advance, having two days notice for a game of this magnitude is pretty wild, but that is the 2020 college football season for you.
Coastal Carolina was originally supposed to host No. 25 Liberty (9-1) this week, which I think would have been a great game in itself, but covid issues prevented the Flames from playing.
Both BYU and Coastal are undefeated teams sitting at 9-0, with hopes of impressing the country with a statement win on Saturday.
BYU entered the preliminary College Football Playoff rankings at No. 14, and only advanced one spot to No. 13 this week. Coastal Carolina is ranked No. 18 in the rankings.
BYU is coming off a 66-14 stomping of North Alabama, and this will be their first game since that game on Nov. 21. They were originally not scheduled to play another game until Dec. 12 against San Diego State. After a possibility of playing Washington last week fell through, the Cougars are now ready to face a very good Coastal Carolina team. Their “Any Team, Any Time, Any Place” mantra will be put to the test in this one.
This is going to be a great quarterback matchup.
Junior BYU quarterback Zach Wilson is a potential first-round draft pick, and is in the Heisman conversation. For the season, Wilson has completed 74.3% of his passes for 1,732 yards, 26 touchdowns, just two interceptions, and has rushed 51 times for 191 yards and 8 touchdowns.
On the other side, Coastal’s freshman quarterback Grayson McCall is having a tremendous season himself. He may not be in the Heisman race, but his numbers speak for themselves: 67.2 CMP, 1,747 yards, 20 TD, 1 INT, 74 rushing attempts, 365 yards, 5 TD.
The Chanticleers are coached by Jamey Chadwell, who has already been rumored for major job openings across college football, and are coming off a 49-14 win over Texas State. The week before that, they took down four-time defending Sun Belt champion Appalachian State in a crazy 34-23 win. The Chants were 0-6 all-time against App State before that victory. At the time, that was the Sun Belt Game of the Year, but I think this showdown with BYU will draw a lot more attention on a national level.
College GameDay will be in Conway broadcasting from the Coastal Carolina campus, and the game will be broadcast at 5:30 EST on ESPNU.
The bright lights of the college football world will be on the teal turf at Brooks Stadium, and this is going to be a fascinating game. I can’t wait to watch. College football is the best.
Title Photo: Jason Lee
great article and insight.