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Temple vs. Houston - 9/30/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Houston Cougars (2-1) at Temple Owls (2-2)

College Football: Saturday, September 30, 2017 at 12:00 pm (Lincoln Financial Field)

The Line: Temple Owls +13.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPNU

The Houston Cougars and Temple Owls meet Saturday in college football action at Lincoln Financial Field on ESPNU.

The Houston Cougars look for their second road victory of the season to build on their decent 2-1 start. The Houston Cougars have split their last eight road games. Kyle Allen is completing 76.9 percent of his passes for 751 yards, four touchdowns and four interceptions. Allen has at least one touchdown pass in six straight games. Linell Bonner and Steven Dunbar have combined for 469 receiving yards and two touchdowns while John Leday has 17 receptions. The Houston Cougars ground game is averaging 132.6 yards per contest, and Duke Catalon leads the way with 150 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Houston is allowing 15.3 points and 378 yards per game. Matthew Adams leads the Houston Cougars with 34 tackles, Khalil Williams has two sacks and Payton Turner has one interception. 

Temple vs. Houston - 9/30/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Temple Owls look to remain undefeated at home to get a game above a .500 record. The Temple Owls have won eight straight home games. Logan Marchi is completing 53.8 percent of his passes for 799 yards, five touchdowns and three interceptions. Marchi now has five touchdown passes on 125 career pass attempts. Isaiah Wright and Keith Kirkwood have combined for 379 receiving yards and three touchdowns while Adonis Jennings has 10 receptions. The Temple Owls ground game is averaging 69.7 yards per contest, and Ryquell Armstead leads the way with 180 yards on 59 carries. Defensively, Temple is allowing 31.5 points and 468.5 yards per game. Delvon Randall leads the Temple Owls with 35 tackles, Quincy Roche has four sacks and Mike Jones has one interception.

The Cougars are 20-5-1 ATS in their last 26 road games, 0-6 ATS in their last 6 conference games and 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The Owls are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 home games, 25-8 ATS in their last 33 conference games and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The under is 7-2 in Owls last 9 games overall and the under is 4-0 in Cougars last 4 games overall.

Houston has outscored Temple 55-23 in the last two meetings, and I think it's fair to say that those Owls were better than this years squad. Temple isn't the same defensively as it's been in years past and the ground game has really struggled, putting way too much pressure on a passing game that has issues as well. Take away two wins over basketball schools, and Temple has been outscored 92-23 in its two losses. Houston has lived up to expectations this season after beating Arizona on the road and going back-and-forth with Texas Tech last week despite a losing effort. The Cougars should dominate this game defensively and give the offense plenty of chances to open this thing up. I like Houston by two touchdowns.

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