SMU Mustangs vs. Temple Owls - 11/6/15 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Temple Owls (7-1) at Southern Methodist Mustangs (1-7)
College Football: Friday, November 6, 2015 at 8:00 pm (Gerald J. Ford Stadium)
The Line: Southern Methodist Mustangs +11.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Temple Owls look to get back in the win column at the Southern Methodist Mustangs in week ten.
The Temple Owls might be one of the bigger surprises in the game as they are off to the best start in school history. The Owls had won seven straight to begin the season and crack the top 25 before a last minute 24-20 loss to visiting Notre Dame. The Irish had the better offensive showing 467-295 but the Owls recorded a pair of picks near the end zone. Quarterback PJ Walker struggled with accuracy with a 13-30 effort producing 188 yards and a touchdown and pick with Ventell Bryant snagging six balls for 91 yards. The Owls were little more then a four yard per carry team on the ground with Jahad Thomas totaling 82 yards on 21 carries and a score.
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Although the Southern Methodist Mustangs haven’t been real competitive on the scoreboard I am absolutely sure the team has taken a positive step forward even though the room to improve is huge. SMU's biggest issues have been defensively and that trend continued in a 40-31 loss to Tulsa for defeat number six in a row. With each team accumulating over 400 yards SMU's two turnovers and lack of a rushing attack decisive. SMU averaged around three yards per carry and became a one dimensional passing squad. Quarterback Matt Davis carried the Mustangs offense with 236 yards and three touchdowns with an interception with Courtland Sutton leading all receivers with eight catches for 165 yards and a pair of scores.
The under is 5-0 in Owls last 5 games after allowing more than 280 yards passing in their previous game and the Owls are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games on fieldturf while going 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games after allowing more than 450 total yards in their previous game. The over is 7-1 in Mustangs last 8 vs. a team with a winning record and is 9-2 in Mustangs last 11 games following a ATS loss while going 4-1 in Mustangs last 5 games after accumulating less than 100 yards rushing in their previous game. My worry here is Temple has a letdown….