In a typical football season,many ups and downs are to be expected. At this present time, the Charlotte 49ers are facing a little bit of a downturn, but look to get back on an upswing against the nationally ranked Coastal Carolina Chanticleers. This game has been billed as the “Battle of the Carolinas”.
Charlotte 49ers (4-4) vs. Coastal Carolina Chanticleers (8-0)
Saturday, November 2nd, 2013, 3:00 pm
Brooks Stadium, Conway, SC
Radio: Charlotte49ers.com, WGZV-AM 730 | TV: WCCB-TV
Who to watch for:
The Chanticleers are undefeated on the season and boast a high powered offense that averages 47.4 points per game. Senior running back Lorenzo Taliaferro has recently been added to the Walter Payton Award watch list which is annually awarded to the nation’s top offensive player. Taliaferro is having a record breaking season where he recently set the single season rushing record for Coastal Carolina with 1,112 yards. He also is three touchdowns shy of setting the Big South record of 23 touchdowns in a season. Linebacker Quinn Backus is also a big impact player on the defensive side of the ball as well. Backus has been named Big South Player of the week three times this season. He also was recently added to the Buck Buchanan Award watch list, annually given to the most outstanding defensive player in the FCS division.
Charlotte will win if:
–They stop the run: I know it has been stated here before ,but the Niners will need to stop the run if they hope to have any chance of victory. In their last game the 49ers were gashed for over 300 yards rushing. Completely stopping the run may be wishful thinking, but if they are able to contain the Chants’ rushing attack, it should lead to positive results.
–They remain composed: Facing their second game in a row on the road against a nationally ranked, high powered offense, it can be easy to try to force things in the hopes of making dynamic plays. It’s important that the 49ers remain composed and stick to their game plan and not get roped into a shootout which CCU may be better equipped for.
–They run the ball: The name of the game is ball control. The Chanticleers can’t score if they don’t have the ball so the 49ers will need to run the ball and be efficient on offense so that they can control the clock and ultimately the ball game.