Temple Owls vs. Central Florida Knights Pick-Odds-Prediction 11/16/13
Central Florida Knights (7-1) at Temple Owls (1-8)
NCAAF Football: Saturday, November 16, 2013 at 12:00 pm (Lincoln Financial Field)
The Line: Temple Owls +17 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The 17th ranked Central Florida Knights look to remain unbeaten in conference play as they travel to Philly to battle the 1-8 Temple Owls.
UCF moved to 7-1 on the year this past weekend as they held on late to defeat visiting Houston 19-14. The Knights gave up a fourth quarter TD and needed an incomplete pass by Houston quarterback John O’Korn at the end of regulation to hold on. The Knights were able to compile an eleven minute advantage in time of possession and overcame three turnovers in the win. Blake Bortles had arguably his worst outing of the season, tossing for just 210 yards and 1 interception. Storm Johnson failed to reach the end zone for the first time in quite a few weeks, but was able to assist in controlling the clock -- racking up 127 yards on the ground. With Houston in the rear view, the Knights face a manageable schedule down the stretch as they try to take down the conference title.
Temple enters this contest 1-8 on the year and with zero conference wins. Despite falling in their past two contests, the Owls have been a much tougher out for opponents since handing the keys of the offense to dual threat quarterback PJ Walker. Walker was decent through the air in the Owls recent heartbreaker loss to Rutgers. Walker threw for 203 yards, 2 td’s and 2 picks and rushed for just 9 yards on 7 carries. The Owls overcame three turnovers and led with a minute left before allowing Rutgers quarterback Gary Nova to connect for a 33 yard touchdown with wideout Carroo. While the Owls offense has kept them in games in recent weeks, it has become clear that their defense is still a year away at the least.
Central Florida has been impressive all season long, but have been especially impressive on the road where they have beaten a top 10 team and won in Happy Valley. I expect this trip back to Pennsylvania to be much less strenuous as the Knights have the edge across the board and should run away with this contest fairly easily. Look for a mistake free game from Bortles and the Knights to get the cover on the road.