There are far worse places to spend the holidays than the islands of Hawaii, which is where the San Jose State Spartans and Coastal Carolina Chanticleers will meet in the Hawaii Bowl on Saturday. It’s a matchup of two 7-5 teams looking to end their seasons on a high note.
As you might expect from two schools located on opposite coasts, this will mark the first meeting between the programs. However, bowl games are nothing new for either team. San Jose State will be playing in a bowl for the second consecutive season and for the third time in the last four. It will be the Spartans first appearance in the Hawaii Bowl.
As for Coastal Carolina, the Chanticleers joined the FBS for the 2017 season but have quickly adapted. The Hawaii Bowl will be the program’s fourth-straight postseason appearance but first west of the Mississippi River.
Coastal Carolina vs. San Jose State: Need to know
San Jose State finished the season strong: San Jose State started the season 1-5, but the record was misleading. The losses came to USC, Oregon State, Toledo, Air Force and Boise State. USC and Oregon State are Pac-12 teams, Toledo reached the MAC Championship Game, Boise won the Mountain West and Air Force was one of the best teams in the country to start the season. The back half of the schedule was much kinder, and as a result the Spartans come into the Hawaii Bowl winners of six straight. That streak includes a 37-31 win over the UNLV team that played for a Mountain West title.
Coastal Carolina will not have QB Grayson McCall: It will be something of a skeleton crew for Coastal Carolina as Tim Beck’s Chanticleers have a lot of players in the transfer portal. McCall is the one with the most name recognition. McCall has been the face of the program the last few…