Penn State vs. Temple - 9/17/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Temple Owls (1-1) at Penn State Nittany Lions (1-0)
College Football: Saturday, September 17, 2016 at 12:00 pm (Beaver Stadium)
The Line: Penn State Nittany Lions -9 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Temple Owls and Penn State Nittany Lions meet early Saturday afternoon at Beaver Stadium.
The Temple Owls look for a big road victory after a shaky 1-1 start with both games coming at home. Phillip Walker is completing 46.9 percent of his passes for 292 yards, three touchdowns and four interceptions. Walker has thrown five interceptions in his last three games. Keith Kirkwood and Adonis Jennings have combined for 138 receiving yards and two touchdowns while Marshall Ellick has four receptions. The Temple Owls ground game is averaging 130 yards per contest, and Ryquell Armstead leads the way with 125 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, Temple is allowing 14 points and 238.5 yards per game. Avery Williams leads the Owls with 14 tackles, Dana Levine has one sack and Benny Walls has one interception.
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The Penn State Nittany Lions look to get a game above .500 after losing a heartbreaker to Pittsburgh. Trace McSorley is completing 60.6 percent of his passes for 541 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. McSorley has five touchdown passes with 106 career pass attempts. DeAndre Thompkins and Chris Godwin have combined for 233 receiving yards on 15 catches while Mike Gesicki has seven receptions. The Penn State Nittany Lions ground game is averaging 109.5 yards per contest, and Saquon Barkley leads the way with 190 yards and five touchdowns. Defensively, PSU is allowing 27.5 points and 355.5 yards per game. Brandon Bell leads the Nittany Lions with 17 tackles, Shareef Miller has two sacks and Amani Oruwariye has one interception.
The Owls are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games in September and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games following a straight up win of more than 20 points. The Nittany Lions are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 non-conference games and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The home team is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 meetings.
Penn State's offensive line or offense overall isn't good enough to lay a big number, especially when going up against a great defense. Temple can't score much in its own right, but it gets after it defensively and should have a field day against a PSU OL that's swiss cheese. After all, the Owls dominated the Nittany Lions last season and have already forced four turnovers this season.
Give me the Owls and the points.