The season couldn't be going better for No. 16 Coastal Carolina after a monumental victory last week.
But the Chanticleers' next opponent is coming off a much-awaited outcome and is trying to create a final good memory for the 2020 season.
Coastal Carolina visits Texas State for Saturday afternoon's Sun Belt Conference game at Bobcat Stadium in San Marcos, Texas.
"For us to be 8-0, one step closer to clinching the Eastern Division," said Chanticleers coach Jamey Chadwell. "At the beginning of the season nobody would believe that. I'm proud of our young men and our fight."
Coastal Carolina (8-0, 6-0 Sun Belt) is the first team in conference history to hold an 8-0 record. In its latest game, a come-from-behind effort against Appalachian State gave Coastal a 34-23 win.
"When we needed to make some plays, we found a way to make them," Chadwell said.
By toppling Appalachian State, the Chanticleers beat the team that had ruled the league. But the success can't stop there if they're going to meet more of their goals.
"Hopefully, this is not the top moment of the year," Chadwell said. "Hopefully, we've got more. Hopefully, our guys continue to earn the respect that we have and an opportunity to build a great program here in the Sun Belt."
Texas State (2-9, 2-5) hasn't had nearly that success this season. By defeating Arkansas State 47-45 last week, the Bobcats notched their first victory since Sept. 19.
"The thing that I've always talked about is that our kids fight," Texas State coach Jake Spavital said. "They compete. They just compete. They keep showing up and they keep doing the right thing. They keep fighting."
The Bobcats followed their Sept. 19 victory with a near-upset at Boston College the following week. They also were blowout losers to then-No. 12 Brigham Young, the most recent ranked foe they faced.
Sophomore quarterback Brady McBride of Texas State was the Offensive Player of the Week in the Sun Belt after his first start in three weeks produced 443 passing yards and five touchdowns without an interception in the Arkansas State game.
"There's so much improvement with where he is at," Spavital said. "I think that's just the maturity of this system. He still has got a lot of things to go through. ... Now you can kind of say he got over the hump a little bit."
Texas State receiver/return specialist Jeremiah Haydel had 193 yards of total offense and a touchdown for the Bobcats in their latest victory.
Coastal Carolina had the conference's top defensive player last week in C.J. Brewer, who had 14 tackles.
This will be the final game of the season for Texas State.
"There's still a lot that we can clean up. There's a lot of good and bad you go through," Spavital said. "We've got one week left as a program for this year, and let's see if we can put it together. ... You're not getting the results that you want. We're all in this together as a family. You're counting on everybody."
Coastal Carolina has more ahead. The Chanticleers are pleased they've overcome any glitches that arose en route to their perfect record.
"You get adversity, you keep striking," Chadwell said. "(Our players) are tough-minded. You're playing for a common purpose. Things aren't always going to go your way, but they won't waver if they believe ... in each other."
--Field Level Media