Temple vs. UConn
College Football Prediction: Temple -5.5 (September 27th 2014)
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Don’t think for a second that Temple has forgotten about this revenge battle. Last year, the Owls owned a 21-0 halftime advantage over the Huskies and lost outright 28-21. Matched up against a pedestrian UConn offensive attack, head coach Matt Rhule’s men will be in control from start-to-finish.
A quick look at the numbers involved in this American Athletic Conference game displays Temple’s huge advantage. Connecticut is having serious trouble moving the football. The Huskies are averaging only 16.0 points and 253.3 total yards per game including an average of just 64.3 yards per game on the ground. Defensively, the Owls are holding opponents to an average of 12.7 points and 296.0 yards per game (107.0 through the air). Talk about a major mismatch!
There are technical reasons to like the visitor in the AAC war too. UConn is a weak 14-27 SU and 13-22-3 ATS in its last 41 games including a woeful 2-15 SU and 4-12-1 ATS in this set tackling a foe that hits the field off a straight up win. On the flip side, Temple has been a solid investment on foreign soil posting a respectable 30-16 ATS record in its last 46 lined road games. In this role playing without rest and knocking helmets with a foe that arrives off a straight up loss, the Owls are definitely worth a hoot notching a nearly perfect 12-1 ATS record.
The Owls picked up the largest win in school history with their 59-0 whitewash of Delaware State last Saturday. With momentum on their side and revenge motivation present, Coach Rhule’s troops will ring up another impressive victory. Take Temple. Thank you and best of luck, Tom Stryker.