In its second season in the Sun Belt Conference, Coastal Carolina will host Louisiana-Monroe, Appalachian State, Arkansas State and Georgia Southern in football games this upcoming season.
The conference announced its football schedule for 2018 on Tuesday, allowing the Chanticleers to fill out their slate.
The Chants will travel to Louisiana-Lafayette, Troy, Georgia State and South Alabama. Texas State is the team they will not play in the 10-team conference.
Coastal will start its season at South Carolina on Sept. 1, host Alabama-Birmingham on Sept. 8 and Football Championship Subdivision foe Campbell on Sept. 15, and travel to Massachusetts on Oct. 20 to close out its non-conference schedule. The Chants will have an open date the weekend of Oct. 6-7 following its first five games.
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In conference, the Chants travel to Louisiana and Troy in late September, host ULM on Oct. 13, travel to Georgia State on Oct. 27, host Appalachian State, Arkansas State and Georgia Southern in successive weeks from Nov. 3-17, and end the regular season at South Alabama on Nov. 24.
The Chants are coming off a 3-9 season in their first year after stepping up to the Football Bowl Subdivision level, winning their final two games to end a nine-game losing streak.
Head coach Joe Moglia expects the team to be competitive in its 2018 schedule. “Our program, as we develop and get a little bit more experience, I believe we’re going to continue to get better,” Moglia said. “But I expect us to compete now.”
Among its opponents, South Carolina, UAB, Troy, Georgia State, Appalachian State and Arkansas State all played in bowl games last season, going a combined 4-2.
Coastal will be eligible for a Sun Belt title, and for the first time a bowl game in 2018.
The 2018 season is the first in which the Sun Belt will have divisional play. A championship game between division winners will be played on Dec. 1 at the team with the best overall conference winning percentage and will air on ABC, ESPN or ESPN2.
CCU is in the East Division along with Appalachian State, Georgia Southern, Georgia State and Troy.
At least six head-to-head conference games will be broadcast to national television audiences, as two Tuesday night games will be on ESPN2 and four Thursday night games will be on ESPNU, though CCU is not involved in the games.
The Sun Belt is guaranteed a minimum of five spots in postseason bowl games, as it maintains partnerships with the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl, the Dollar General Bowl, the Raycom Media Camellia Bowl, the AutoNation Cure Bowl, and the NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl. The Sun Belt is 8-3 in bowl games over the past two seasons, including 5-1 last season.
CCU 2018 football schedule
Sept. 1, at South Carolina
Sept. 8, vs. Alabama-Birmingham
Sept. 15, vs. Campbell
Sept. 22, at Louisiana-Lafayette
Sept. 29, at Troy
Oct. 6, Open
Oct. 13, vs. Louisiana-Monroe
Oct. 20, at Massachusetts
Oct. 27, at Georgia State
Nov. 3, vs. Appalachian State
Nov. 10, vs. Arkansas State
Nov. 17, vs. Georgia Southern
Nov. 24, at South Alabama
Dec. 1, Sun Belt Championship Game