Temple at East Carolina - 10/22/15 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Temple Owls (6-0) at East Carolina Pirates (4-3)
College Football: Thursday, October 22, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium)
The Line: East Carolina Pirates -3 -- Over/Under: 53.5 See the Latest Odds
The Temple Owls and East Carolina Pirates play Thursday night at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium.
The Temple Owls look to remain undefeated by picking up their fourth road victory. P.J. Walker is completing 60.8 percent of his passes for 1,063 yards, eight touchdowns and three interceptions. Walker has five touchdown passes in his last three games. Robby Anderson and Jahad Thomas have combined for 443 receiving yards and five touchdowns while Ventell Bryant has 18 receptions. The Temple Owls ground game is averaging 161.8 yards per contest, and Thomas leads the way with 756 yards and 10 touchdowns. Defensively, Temple is allowing 14.7 points and 296 yards per game. Tyler Matakevich leads the Owls with 52 tackles, Sean Chandler has two interceptions and Nate D. Smith has 5.5 sacks. Jager Gardner and Will Hayes are questionable.
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The East Carolina Pirates have split their last six games and are looking for their first win over a ranked team. Blake Kemp is completing 71.3 percent of his passes for 1,556 yards, 10 touchdowns and six interceptions. Kemp has three touchdown passes in his last three games. Isaiah Jones and Bryce Williams have combined for 990 receiving yards and six touchdowns while Davon Grayson has 21 receptions. The East Carolina Pirates ground game is averaging 146.1 yards per contest, and Chris Hairston leads the way with 460 yards and six touchdowns. Defensively, ECU is allowing 29.9 points and 426.3 yards per game. Zeek Bigger leads the Pirates with 58 tackles, Josh Hawkins has two interceptions and Montese Overton has 7.5 sacks. DaQuan Barnes, Mike Myers and Dontae Levingston are questionable.
The Owls are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 conference games and 9-4 ATS in their last 13 road games. The Pirates are 2-9 ATS in their last 11 conference games and 5-11 ATS in their last 16 games overall.
I'm not sure what Temple has to do to prove its the best team in the AAC. The picked the Owls to win the AAC before the season started and they're making me look quite good. Temple is legit and East Carolina simply isn't good enough to deserve being favored in this matchup. I expect Temple to win this game outright.