Temple vs. USF - 10/21/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
USF Bulls (6-1) at Temple Owls (4-3)
College Football: Friday, October 21, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Lincoln Financial Field)
The Line: Temple Owls +6.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN HD
The South Florida Bulls will travel to Lincoln Financial Field to take on the Temple Owls this Friday in College Football action.
The South Florida Bulls won their 3rd straight game and improved to 6-1 (3-0 AAC) on the season after defeating the UConn Huskies, 42-27, this past Saturday. South Florida was down by a 17-14 margin early in the 3rd quarter but used an explosive 21-point 4th quarter to help secure the victory. South Florida outgained UConn by a 529-378 margin however, did lose the turnover battle by a 4-0 margin. Leading the way for the Bulls was QB Quinton Flowers who completed who had 5 TD’s and 370 total yards (213 passing; 157 rushing). On the season, South Florida is averaging 44.1 ppg on 506.4 total yards per game (238.0 passing, 268.4 rushing). Offensively, the Bulls have been led by QB Quinton Flowers who had completed 58.6% of his passes for 13 TD and 5 INT while averaging 219.3 passing yds/game. Flowers is also the 2nd leading rusher for the Bulls as he has 7 rushing TD’s while averaging 93.57 rushing yds/game. South Florida has an outstanding backfield as besides Flowers, the Bulls are led by Marlon Mack (14.0 att/g, 98.67 yds/g, 9 TD) and D’Ernest Johnson (8.0 att/g, 43.57 yds/g, 4 TD). Rodney Adams (4.6 rec/g, 65.6 yds/g, 4 TD), Marquez Valdes-Scantling (2.1 rec/g, 35.9 yds/g, 2 TD), and D’Ernest Johnson (2.4 rec/g, 23.9 yds/g, 4 TD) are the leading receivers for the Bulls. Defensively, South Florida is holding their opponents to an average of 25.9 ppg on 436.1 total yards per game (246.0 passing, 190.1 rushing). The Bulls have forced 13 turnovers on the season and have an overall turnover margin of +3.
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The Temple Owls improved to 4-3 (2-1 AAC) on the season after defeating the UCF Knights, 26-25, this past Saturday. Temple had a sluggish start on the defensive end, however, was able to overcome a 25-14 halftime deficit to secure the win. Temple outgained UCF by a 364-296 margin however, lost the turnover battle by a 2-1 margin. Leading the way for Temple was RB Jahad Thomas who had a TD and 120 rushing yds/g. On the season, Temple is averaging 32.0 ppg on 378.0 total yards per game (230.1 passing, 147.9 rushing). Offensively, the Owls have been led by the backfield duo of Jahad Thomas (17.0 att/g, 71.4 yds/g, 7 TD) and Ryquell Armstead (10.1 att/g, 57.8 yds/g, 7 TD). QB Phillip Walker has completed 56.2% of his passes for 10 TD and 10 INT while averaging 226.0 passing yds/game. Keith Kirkwood (3.3 rec/g, 47.7 yds/g, 3 TD), Jahad Thomas (3.6 rec/g, 50.2 yds/g, 3 TD), Ventell Bryant (3.8 rec/g, 57.8 yds/g, TD), and Brodrick Yancy (2.7 rec/g, 30.0 yds/g, 2 TD) are the leading receivers for the Owls. Defensively, Temple is holding their opponents to an average of 23.0 ppg on 316.6 total yards per game (166.7 passing, 149.9 rushing). Temple has forced their opponents into committing 14 turnovers on the season however, have just a +1 turnover margin on the season.
The Bulls are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 games following a ATS loss and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games. The Owls are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games overall and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 conference games.
South Florida has one of the most explosive offenses in the country and come into this matchup with the 8th ranked scoring offense and 15th ranked total offense. Temple has a few playmakers on the offensive end in Jahad Thomas and Phillip Walker and although their defense lost a few key players from last year’s team, the Owls come into this matchup with the 38th ranked scoring defense. South Florida has one of the best offenses in the country which should be able to put up some points on the Owls and as I just don’t see Phillip Walker getting through this matchup without a few turnovers, I think the Bulls pull away in this one and cover this spread. Take South Florida to cover.