Chants in guarantee game mode with trip to Arkansas

ccufoot-Jah'Maine Martin at PCThe Coastal Carolina football team is getting back into the “guarantee game” business, but this time the Chants hope a loss to a major power program isn’t such a guarantee.

For the first time since a 70-10 beat-down by South Carolina in 2013, Coastal will take the field against a Power 5 Conference foe this fall when the Chants visit the SEC’s Arkansas Razorbacks on Nov. 4 in Fayetteville, AR.

Coastal previously took part in the so-called guarantee games, which involves a major program paying a smaller school big money to pay a visit and deliver an easy victory.

The arrangement can be a win-win even for the losers, who receive much-needed funds for their football programs while the big school cashes in on ticket sales and an important win toward bowl eligibility.

Coastal put an end to the practice after the regular season-ending, lopsided loss to the Gamecocks, but Coastal’s ascent to the FBS level and the Sun Belt Conference next season gives the Chants a better chance against the giants of college football.

Coastal’s full 2017 schedule awaits the addition of Sun Belt matchups, but the non-conference schedule includes a home game against UMass on Sept. 2, a trip to Birmingham against UAB on Sept. 9, and a Sept. 23 visit from Western Illinois.

Photo by Johnny Gasque/CCU Athletics

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