Pressure up for No. 20 Coastal Carolina vs. Georgia State

Attention is nice for No. 20 Coastal Carolina, but it doesn’t make it any easier for the Chanticleers.Now residing for a second week in the national rankings in college football’s top level, Coastal Carolina heads on the road for a Sun Belt Conference matchup against Georgia State on Saturday afternoon at Center Parc Stadium in Atlanta.”When you get ranked, all the eyes are on you,” Chanticleers coach Jamey Chadwell said. “You never want to be that team that gets their one shot (and falters), and you don’t want to be a flash in the pan.”Coastal Carolina (5-0, 3-0 Sun Belt) passed its first test as a ranked team behind a backup quarterback and a solid defense to defeat visiting Georgia Southern 28-14 last week.Fred Payton filled in for injured quarterback Grayson McCall and got things going at the right times. Chadwell said it might be unclear until the end of the week if McCall will play against Georgia State.The coach said it’s not worth using McCall if he’s operating at only 70 or 80 percent. “We don’t even know if he’ll be ready,” Chadwell said.Payton, a junior, holds experience as a starter in six 2019 games before last week’s assignment. Payton threw for three touchdowns and two interceptions in the Georgia Southern game.”Fred has won some games for us,” Chadwell said. “When you have a new guy back there (compared to earlier in the season), maybe he does some things a little bit differently. … Calling plays, I’ve got to make sure I’m calling plays that make Fred the most comfortable.”The Chanticleers, who already have matched win totals from each of the past two seasons, have their most consecutive victories in the same season in the program’s brief Football Bowl Subdivision history. This is the first time they’ve won more than two league games in their four seasons in the Sun Belt.Coastal Carolina has picked up road victories this season against Kansas and No. 21 Louisiana.

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