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Toledo vs. Temple - 12/22/15 College Football Boca Raton Bowl Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Temple Owls (10-3) at Toledo Rockets (9-2)

College Football: Tuesday, December 22, 2015 at 7:00 pm (FAU Stadium)

The Line: Toledo Rockets +1 -- Over/Under: 55 See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN

The 24th ranked Temple Owls and the Toledo Rockets will face off in the Marmot Boca Raton Bowl on Monday, November 22nd, in College Football action.

The 24th ranked Temple Owls finished the season with an 7-1 AAC-East record and 10-3 overall record, but couldn’t secure the AAC Championship after falling to the 19th ranked Houston Cougars, 24-12. Temple has a great season highlighted with wins against Penn State and Memphis and gave the Notre Dame Fighting Irish all they couldn’t handle. Offensively, Temple is averaging 30.8 ppg on 369.2 total yards per game (215.5 passing, 153.6 rushing). Leading the way for the Owls has been RB Jahad Thomas who finished the season with 17 rushing TD’s while averaging 96.69 rushing yds/game. QB P.J. Walker completed 57.0% of his passes for 19 TD’s and 7 INT while averaging 210.5 yds/game. WR Robby Anderson (67.2 yds/game, 7 TD) and Ventell Bryant (40.1 yds/game, 3 TD) were the biggest threats at the receiver position for the Owls. Defensively, Temple held their opponents to an average of just 19.2 ppg on 329.5 total yards per game (203.3 passing, 126.2 rushing). The Owls had one of the best defensive units in all of college football this season led by LB Tyler Matakevich who finished the season with 126 total tackles, 4.5 sacks, and 5 INT. Temple forced 22 turnovers on the season and had a turnover margin of 4

Toledo  vs. Temple  - 12/22/15 College Football Boca Raton Bowl Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Toledo Rockets won their first 7 games of the season but finished the season with a 9-2 record and didn’t make it to the MAC Championship after being beaten out by Northern Illinois after their 35-30 loss to the Western Michigan Broncos to end the season. Toledo’s biggest wins of the season came against Arkansas, Arkansas State, and Bowling Green. Offensively, Toledo averaged 35.3 ppg on 463.3 total yards per game (250.1 passing, 213.2 rushing). Leading the way for the Rockets was a strong rushing attack led by Kareem Hunt (111.75 yds/game, 10 TD), Terry Swanson (87.00 yds/game, 7 TD), and Damion Jones-Moore (44.89 yds/game, 5 TD). QB Phillip Ely completed 54.9% of his passes for 21 TD’s & 10 INT while averaging 243.6 yds/game. Ely and the Rockets spread the ball around to their various receivers and have been led by Cody Thompson (64.2 yds/game, 4 TD), Alonzo Russell (53.3 yds/game, 5 TD), and Corey Jones (48.6 yds/game, 4 TD). Defensively, Toledo is allowing their opponents to average 21.1 ppg on 378.5 total yards per game (262.9 passing, 115.5 rushing). The Rockets forced their opponents into committing 21 turnovers and had a turnover margin of 7.

The Rockets are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 non-conference games and 11-2-2 ATS in their last 15 games overall. The Owls are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a ATS loss and 5-2 ATS vs. a team with a winning record.

Temple came into the season with high expectations and although they couldn’t win the AAC Championship, they have to be happy with the effort they left on the field this season, especially on the defensive side of the ball. Toledo had a great start to the season and although they struggled a bit down the stretch, the Rockets have a great rushing attack and underrated defensive team. This should be interesting game and I’m looking forward to the matchup of Kareem Hunt against the Temple’s front seven. I think this game is going to come down to the wire but I’m leaning towards the Temple’s defense making the difference here and going to go with the Owls covering this small spread.  

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