Temple vs. Army - 9/2/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Army Black Knights (2-10) at Temple Owls (10-4)
College Football: Friday, September 2, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Lincoln Financial Field)
The Line: Temple Owls -16.5 -- Over/Under: 46.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: CBS Sports Network
The Army West Point Black Knights will travel to Lincoln Financial Field to take on the Temple Owls in College Football action.
The Army West Point Black Knights might have finished last season with just a 2-10 record however, their overall record is a bit misleading as 7 of their losses last year came by just 7 points or less. Head coach Jeff Monken will look to improve the Black Knights triple-option offense this season as although Army West Point averaged 244.3 rushing yds/game, their overall numbers weren’t that impressive as the Black Knights averaged just 94.0 passing yds/game (ranked 126th) and 22.1 ppg/game (ranked 109th). Army West Point does return 16 starters from last year team and will be led by QB Chris Carter who looked solid at the end of last season as in his two starts, Carter averaged 174 passing yds/game and 64.50 rushing yds/game. Although the Black Knights will run the ball a lot they do have a dangerous receiver in Edgar Poe who averaged over 27 yards/catch last season and had 6 TD’s. Defensively, Army West Point was solid in 2015 as they allowed their opponents to average 27.8 ppg (ranked 75th) on 375.6 total yards (165.2 rushing yds/game; 210.4 passing yds/game). Leading the way for the defense will be the strong LB duo of Andrew King and Keremy Timpf who each led the team with 92 tackles last season.
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Temple was one of the best stories last season and although they lost in the AAC Championship Game and lost 32-17 to the Toledo Rockets in the Boca Raton Bowl, the Owls still finished the season with a respectable 10-4 overall record. Head Coach Matt Rhule only returns 12 starters from last year’s team but will have some of the best offensive weapons in the conference led by RB Jahad Thomas who averaged 90.14 rushing yds/game and had 17 rushing TD’s on the season. Temple will also be returning QB P.J. Walker (56.8 comp %; 212.4 yds/game; 19 TD, 8 INT) and will welcome Florida transfer TE, Colin Thompson. Temple was outstanding on the defensive end last season as they held their opponents to an average of just 20.1 ppg (ranked 17th) on 337.0 total yds/game (127.9 rushing yds/game; 209.1 passing yds/game). The Owls will have to find a way to replace LB Tyler Matakevich who led the Owls with an incredible 138 tackles and defensive lineman Nate Smith and Matt Ioannidis who combined for 10.5 sacks in 2015. Temple’s strength on defensive this season should be its experienced secondary led by Sean Chandler who had 66 tackles and 4 interceptions.
The Black Knights are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games on grass however, are 1-5-1 ATS in their last 7 non-conference games. The Owls are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Friday games and 16-5 ATS in their last 21 games vs. Independent opponents.
Temple clearly has the more talented team in this one however, I don’t believe they are not going to be the same team on defensive side that we saw last year. Army West Point should be able to win a few more games this season and as I like how QB Chris Carter was able to do some damage though the air in his limited action last season, I think the Black Knights will be able to do enough to keep this one within the large spread. Take Army West Point and the points.