Temple vs. Toledo - 12/22/15 Boca Raton Bowl College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Toledo Rockets (9-2) vs. Temple Owls (10-3)
College Football: Tuesday, December 22, 2015 at 7:00 pm (FAU Stadium)
The Line: Toledo Rockets +1 -- Over/Under: 55 See the Latest Odds
The Temple Owls and the Toledo Rockets face off on Tuesday in college football’s Boca Raton Bowl.
The Temple Owls went 10-3 this season including losing in their conference championship game. Temple got off to a strong start to the season winning their first seven games but then went 3-3 in their last six. The Temple offense is averaging 30.8 points and 369.2 yards per game and they have turned the ball over 18 times. Owls QB P.J. Walker has completed 57 percent of his passes with 19 touchdowns and seven interceptions and he has rushed for two touchdowns. Jahad Thomas is Temple’s leading rusher with 1,257 yards and 17 touchdowns and Robby Anderson is the top receiver with 64 catches and seven touchdowns. The Temple defense is allowing 19.2 points and 329.5 yards per game with 16 interceptions, six fumble recoveries, and 32 sacks. Tyler Matakevich leads the Owls with 126 tackles, 4.5 sacks, and five interceptions, Jarred Alwan has 68 tackles, and Sean Chandler has 61 tackles. Temple has had a big year despite the late season stumbles.
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The Toledo Rockets finished the season at 9-2 and missed the MAC Championship by losing two of their last four games. Toledo had big wins like beating Bowling Green and Arkansas but when they needed the win against Western Michigan they couldn’t get it. The Toledo offense is averaging 35.3 points and 463.3 yards per game and they have turned the ball over 14 times. Rockets QB Phillip Ely has completed 54.9 percent of his passes with 21 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Kareem Hunt leads the Toledo rushing attack with 894 yards and 10 touchdowns in eight games and Corey Jones is their top receiver with 52 catches and four touchdowns. The Toledo defense is allowing 21.1 points and 378.8 yards per game with 11 interceptions, 10 fumble recoveries, and 25 sacks. Chase Murdock is the Rockets top tackler with 78, DeJuan Rogers has 61 tackles, and Orion Jones has 6.0 sacks. We have seen two sides of Toledo and how they fare in this game depends on which side shows up.
Temple is 4-0 against the spread following a game that they didn’t cover the point spread, 10-4 against the spread in their last 14 games, and 1-4 against the spread against the MAC. Toledo is 3-0-1 against the spread in their last four non-conference games, 5-2-1 against the spread against a team with a winning record, and 1-4-1 against the spread following a loss.
We have two good defenses but we have two teams that can efficiently move the football and I see this one going over this reasonable total.