Southern Methodist Mustangs vs. Temple Owls Pick-Odds-Prediction 10/26/13
Temple Owls (1-6) at Southern Methodist Mustangs (2-4)
NCAAF Football: Saturday, October 26, 2013 at 3:00 pm (Gerald J. Ford Stadium)
The Line: Southern Methodist Mustangs -10.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The 1-6 Temple Owls visit the 2-4 Southern Methodist Mustangs in a battle for the bottom of the barrell in the AAC Saturday at 3PM on ESPN3.
Temple stepped out of conference this past weekend and the result as their first win of the season as they did a great job containing Army’s rushing attack en route to a 33-14 win at the Linc. Temple forced four turnovers in this contest and routinely got Army off the field early as the Owls built a 33-0 lead shortly after the half and never were threatened. PJ Walker had his best game of the season throwing for 203 yards and 2 TDs and Jalen Fitzpatrick led all receivers iwth 128 yards and a TD as well. Both teams compiled roughly 350 yards but the Owls defense was the difference and Army’s offense features zero ability to pass so once the Black Knights fell behind there was not any way for them to get back into the game through the air. Despite the win, the Owls still remain winless in conference play and will need to carry this momentum into Saturday’s contest.
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SMU got their first win in conference play this past weekend in a tale of two halves at Memphis 34-29. SMU was hot out of the gate in this one as they built a 31-3 lead against a stout Memphis secondary. Garrett Gilbert threw for 2 TD’s and Traylon Shead rushed for 2 in the early going as the Mustangs blew the game wide open. Once the lead was built, SMU played conservatively and the Tigers chipped away at the lead throughout the second half and went on a 26-3 run that fell just short. SMU was -7 in time of possession and were aided very much by Memphis’s inability to play clean football -- the Tigers racked up 110 penalty yards on the game. SMU receivers Holman and Johnson combined for 226 yards and a TD and Gilbert finished with 321 yards passing for the day.
Some trends to consider -- Temple is 20-8-1 against the spread in their last 29 October games and SMU is 4-0 against the spread in their last 4 October contests.
Temple really stepped things up defensively this past weekend but unfortunately for them, they were facing arguably the most one-dimensional offense in all of college football in Army. SMU provides a much stiffer challenge, on the road, against a pass happy offense. I like the Mustangs to break this one open by the 3rd quarter and roll on to their second straight conference win with the cover at home.