Temple Owls (6-3) at UCONN Huskies (3-6)
College Football: Friday, November 4, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Rentschler Field)
The Line: UCONN Huskies +10.5 -- Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Temple Owls will travel to Rentschler Field to take on the UConn Huskies this Friday night in College Football action.
The Temple Owls won their 3rd straight game and improved to 6-3 (4-1 AAC) on the season after defeating the Cincinnati Bearcats, 34-13, this past Saturday. Temple went into halftime with a 17-13 lead and used a strong defensive 2nd half to pull away from the Bearcats and secure the victory. Temple outgained Cincinnati by a 474-186 margin and won the turnover battle by a 2-1 margin. Leading the way for Temple was QB Phillip Walker who completed 12 of 19 passes for 199 yards and 2 TD’s. On the season, Temple is averaging 33.8 ppg on 405.3 total yards per game (224.3 passing, 181.0 rushing). Offensively, Temple has been led by the RB duo of Ryquell Armstead (12.1 att/g, 74.9 yds/g, 11 TD) and Jahad Thomas (16.9 att/g, 80.6 yds/g, 9 TD). QB Phillip Walker has completed 57.6% of his passes for 13 TD and 10 INT while averaging 221.1 passing yds/game. Keith Kirkwood (3.0 rec/g, 46.7 yds/g, 3 TD), Ventell Bryant (3.8 rec/g, 68.7 yds/g, 2 TD), Jahad Thomas (3.3 rec/g, 40.1 yds/g, 3 TD), and Brodrick Yancy (2.4 rec/g, 27.8 yds/g, 2 TD) have been the leading receivers for the Owls. Defensively, Temple is holding their opponents to an average of 22.7 ppg on 306.0 total yards per game (163.7 passing, 142.3 rushing). Temple has forced their opponents into committing 17 turnovers on the season and has an overall turnover margin of +3.
The UConn Huskies lost their 3rd straight game and dropped to 3-6 (1-5 AAC) on the season after being defeated by the East Carolina Pirates, 41-3, this past Saturday. The Huskies had no answers in stopping WR Zay Jones and couldn’t fight back into the game after fall behind 21-3 early in the 3rd quarter. UConn was outgained by East Carolina by a 430-295 margin and lost the turnover battle by a 3-0 margin. Leading the way for the Huskies was WR Noel Thomas who had 7 receptions for 135 yards. On the season, UConn is averaging 18.3 ppg on 361.2 total yards per game (234.7 passing, 126.6 rushing). Offensively, UConn has been led by WR Noel Thomas who has 3 TD’s on the season while averaging 9.2 rec/g and 117.6 yds/g. QB Bryant Shirreffs has completed 58.7% of his passes for 7 TD and 6 INT while averaging 223.3 passing yds/game. Leading the UConn rushing attack has been Arkeel Newsome (13.11 att/g, 58.67 yds/g, 4 TD) and Ron Johnson (7.56 att/g, 25.4 yds/g, 4 TD). Outside of Noel Thomas, the Huskies receivers have been led by Hergy Mayala (2.4 rec/g, 35.9 yds/g), Arkeel Newsome (2.0 rec/g, 23.6 yds/g, TD), and Alec Bloom (1.3 rec/g, 14.1 yds/g, TD). Defensively, UConn is allowing their opponents to average 27.6 ppg on 415.6 total yards per game (290.2 passing, 125.3 rushing). UConn has forced only 7 turnovers on the season and has an overall turnover ratio of -4.
The Owls are 7-0 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS win and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 road games. The Huskies are 16-37-2 ATS in their last 55 games overall and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 conference games.
Temple was able to follow up their big win at home against South Florida with their win against Cincinnati and has shown over the past few weeks that their offense can get it done both on the ground and through the air. UConn continues to struggle to find ways to put points on their board and their usually strong defense has had trouble stopping the pass as they rank just 118th in the country in passing defense. UConn generally plays well at home but these are two teams headed in different directions and as long as Phillip Walker protects the football, I think the Owls can cover this double-digit spread on the road. Take Temple to cover.