No. 21 Coastal faces rare top-25 matchup with EKU

After a 35-28 victory over Furman this past weekend to start 2013 2-0, the Coastal Carolina football team moved up three spots to 21st in the Sports Network FCS media poll, while jumping one spot to 21st in the FCS Coaches poll.

Coastal will put its ranking on the line this Saturday with a trip to Eastern Kentucky, ranked 25th in the FCS Coaches poll. Kickoff at Roy Kidd Stadium is set for 6 pm.

Coastal Carolina and Eastern Kentucky have only met on the gridiron once. Last season the then 20th-ranked Colonels handed the Chanticleers a 35-17 setback in Brooks Stadium.

“Last year in the 13 games we played, I think Eastern Kentucky was probably the most physical team we played against,” Coastal coach Joe Moglia said. “I think most of our guys would agree with that.”

This will only be the second time Coastal and its opponent were ranked among the nation’s top 25 heading into a contest.

The only other occurrence was CCU’s final game of the 2006 season when then #13 Coastal fell 45-28 to then #1 and eventual national champion Appalachian State in the first round of the NCAA FCS playoffs.

 

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