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Temple vs. UMass - 9/15/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Massachusetts Minutemen (0-3) at Temple Owls (1-1)

College Football: Friday, September 15, 2017 at 7:00 pm (Lincoln Financial Field)

The Line: Temple Owls -12 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPNU

The Umass Minutemen and Temple Owls meet Friday in college football action at Lincoln Financial Field on ESPNU.

The Umass Minutemen would love a victory here to snap a rough 0-3 start to the season. The Umass Minutemen haven’t won a road game since November of 2015. Andrew Ford is completing 65 percent of his passes for 827 yards, four touchdowns and one interception. Ford has at least one touchdown pass in 13 straight games. Adam Breneman and Andy Isabella have combined for 569 receiving yards and three touchdowns while Sadiq Palmer has five receptions. The Umass Minutemen ground game is averaging 91 yards per contest, and Marquis Young leads the way with 148 yards and four touchdowns. Defensively, Umass is allowing 31 points and 423.3 yards per game. Bryton Barr leads the Umass Minutemen with 32 tackles, Da'Sean Downey has two sacks and Isaiah Rodgers has one interception.

Temple vs. UMass - 9/15/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Temple Owls look for another victory to get a game above a .500 record. The Temple Owls have won seven straight home games. Logan Marchi is completing 56.5 percent of his passes for 519 yards, two touchdowns and zero interceptions. Marchi has two touchdown passes on 75 career pass attempts. Keith Kirkwood and Isaiah Wright have combined for 232 receiving yards and one touchdown while Adonis Jennings has five receptions. The Temple Owls ground game is averaging 82 yards per contest, and Ryquell Armstead leads the way with 86 yards on 31 carries. Defensively, Temple is allowing 31 points and 504 yards per game. Delvon Randall leads the Temple Owls with 19 tackles, Quincy Roche has one sack and Mike Jones has one interception.

The Minutemen are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games on grass, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Friday games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Owls are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 home games, 5-1 ATS in their last 6 Friday games and 12-3 ATS in their last 15 games overall. The under is 6-2 in Owls last 8 games overall and the over is 5-1 in Minutemen last 6 games overall.

The Temple Owls haven't been that impressive in their first couple of games, as they barely beat Villanova and that once strong defense is getting gashed. However, UMass has been even worse in their first few games and that's with playing a soft schedule. You also have to look at the fact the Minutemen have had zero road success dating back to last season and haven't been any better when it comes to covering numbers. I'm not confident in Temple winning any game by two touchdowns given their current form, but I have even less confidence in UMass. Give me the home team in more of a fade from UMass. 

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