CFB PREVIEW: TEMPLE @ E.CAROLINA (10-3-19)
TEMPLE OWLS GO ON ROAD TO FACE EAST CAROLINA IN THURSDAY NIGHT ESPN SPECIAL!
VEGAS BETTING ODDS: TEMPLE (-12) —-over E. CAROLINA ~ TOTAL: (47 1/2)
This game has been bet hard so far by the Sharps who have loaded up on the UNDER in this game, as we will see one of the better Defenses in the Nation, #19 TEMPLE, face off vs. a weak #94 East Carolina Offense and a team in the EC Pirates that play at the slowest pace of any team in CFB. The EC Pirates Defense has greatly improved from last season, and is the #46 Defense in the nation, so no longer are they allowing 50+ points a game like they had done for years.
Temple relies on the Defense to really slow it’s opponents and so far this year the Owls Defense has held it’s opponents to a rock solid 115 total yards below their season averages. Now they face a below average QB (AHLERS) of East Carolina, who is completing only 54% of his passes and has thrown more Interceptions (5) than he has thrown TD Passes (4). The Pirates Offense hasn’t been able to close once inside the Red Zone, scoring only 9 TD’s in 20 Red Zone trips. Temple has been good stopping teams in the Red Zone and forcing turnovers, so the ECU Offense may need to play a perfect game to pull of the big Upset.
Temple’s Offense, led by QB Russo, has the #49 Offense and has some speed at the skill positions, but they have only been inside the Red Zone 16x so far this season, scoring 10 TD’s and kicking 2 FG’s. They will go against the ECU #46 Defense, allowing 151 Rush and 191 passing yards so far per game. They have allowed 10 TD’s in the Red Zone and 4 FG’s in 15 opponents trips there.
East Carolina has always been a very bad Road team, but at Home has usually been more competitive, but they are just (3-8) ATS their last 11x at Home as a Dog, and they are a nearly impossible horrible (1-22-1) ATS vs. Conference foes that have a winning record. Temple is (17-8-1) ATS as a Road Favorite it’s last 26x in that situation.
Game time temps around 80 degrees with no rain in the forecast, but with 64% humidity.
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