Temple vs. Villanova - 9/9/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Villanova Wildcats (1-0) at Temple Owls (0-1)
College Football: Saturday, September 9, 2017 at 3:30 pm (Lincoln Financial Field)
The Line: Temple Owls -14.5 -- Over/Under: 40.5 See the Latest Odds
The Villanova Wildcats and Temple Owls meet Saturday in college football action at Lincoln Financial Field.
The Villanova Wildcats look for a quick 2-0 start after beating Lehigh, 38-35, in their season opener. The Villanova Wildcats have won four of their last six road games. Zach Bednarczyk is completing 73.9 percent of his passes for 209 yards, two touchdowns and zero interceptions. Bednarczyk enters this game with 31 touchdown passes for his career. Ryan Bell and Taurus Phillips have combined for 175 receiving yards and two touchdowns while Jarrett McClenton has three receptions. The Villanova Wildcats ground game is averaging 266 yards per contest, and Matt Gudzak leads the way with 142 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, Villanova is allowing 35 points and 484 yards per game. Ed Shockley leads the Villanova Wildcats with 14 tackles, Drew Wiley has one sack and Trey Johnson has two pass deflections.
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The Temple Owls could use a bounce back performance after losing to Notre Dame, 49-16, in their season opener. The Temple Owls have won six straight home gams. Logan Marchi is completing 54.3 percent of his passes for 245 yards, two touchdowns and zero interceptions. Marchi has two touchdown passes on 41 career pass attempts. Isaiah Wright and Keith Kirkwood have combined for 139 receiving yards and one touchdown while Adonis Jennings has two receptions. The Temple Owls ground game is averaging 85 yards per contest, and Ryquell Armstead leads the way with 67 yards on 19 carries. Defensively, Temple is allowing 49 points and 606 yards per game. Delvon Randall leads the Temple Owls with 11 tackles, Quincy Roche has one sack and Mike Jones has one interception.
The Owls are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 home games, 13-3 ATS in their last 16 games on grass and the under is 5-1 in Owls last 6 games overall. The Wildcats are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games on grass and the under is 4-0 in Wildcats last 4 games overall.
Villanova barely made it out of its opener against Lehigh, which doesn't provide much confidence when making the short trip to play a physical and well coached Temple squad. Ignore the Owls opener, as a blowout loss to the Irish was expected. Against lesser comp, Temple won't look nearly as bad and should have a far better showing on the defensive side. This is a game the Owls should be able to cruise to victory by double digits.