Temple at Charlotte - 10/2/15 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Temple Owls (3-0) at Charlotte 49ers (2-2)
College Football: Friday, October 2, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Jerry Richardson Stadium)
The Line: Charlotte 49ers +23.5 -- Over/Under: 48 See the Latest Odds
TV: CBS Sports Network
The Temple Owls and Charlotte 49ers meet Friday night at Jerry Richardson Stadium.
The Temple Owls look to remain undefeated as they play their third straight road game. P.J. Walker is completing 63.6 percent of his passes for 615 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions. Walker has a touchdown pass in four of his last six games. Robby Anderson and Ventell Bryant have combined for 211 receiving yards and one touchdown while John Christopher has eight receptions. The Temple Owls ground game is averaging 143.6 yards per contest, and Jahad Thomas leads the way with 394 yards and four touchdowns. Defensively, Temple is allowing 19.7 points and 392.7 yards per game. Tyler Matakevich leads the owls with 29 tackles, Nate D. Smith has four sacks and Jarred Alwan has two forced fumbles. Brodrick Yancy is questionable.
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The Charlotte 49ers need a victory here in order to get a game above a .500 record. Matt Johnson is completing 54.2 percent of his passes for 491 yards, three touchdowns and six interceptions. Johnson and Lee McNeill have produced 11 interceptions. Austin Duke and Trent Bostick have combined for 371 receiving yards and three touchdowns while T.L. Ford II has eight receptions. The Charlotte 49ers ground game is averaging 147.5 yards per contest, and Kalif Phillips leads the way with 380 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, Charlotte is allowing 30 points and 336.8 yards per game. Larry Ogunjobi leads the 49ers with 25 tackles, Zach Duncan has three sacks and Desmond Floyd has two forced fumbles.
The Owls are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 Friday games and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games on turf. The under is 6-2 in Owls last 8 non-conference games.
Charlotte scored just seven points aganst FAU last week. Charlotte also scored just 14 points against Middle Tennesse. With Temple's defense, this could be a shutout and the Owls rare blowout victory. I've been very high on the Temple Owls from the beginning and even picked them to win the AAC before the season. Charlotte is in over its head in this matchup, as Temple is a physical team that won't hold any punches.