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Temple vs. UCONN - 10/14/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

UCONN Huskies (1-4) at Temple Owls (3-3)

College Football: Saturday, October 14, 2017 at 12:00 pm (Lincoln Financial Field)

The Line: Temple Owls -10 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPNEWS

The UConn Huskies and Temple Owls meet Saturday in college football action at Lincoln Financial Field.

The UConn Huskies are getting desperate for a nice conference victory in order to snap a four-game losing streak. The UConn Huskies haven’t won a road game since November of 2015. Bryant Shirreffs is completing 66.7 percent of his passes for 1,475 yards, nine touchdowns and three interceptions. Shirreffs has at least one touchdown pass in nine of his last 11 games. Arkeel Newsome and Keyion Dixon have combined for 558 receiving yards and two touchdowns while Aaron McLean has nine receptions. The UConn Huskies ground game is averaging 143.2 yards per contest, and Nate Hopkins leads the way with 246 yards and six touchdowns. Defensively, UConn is allowing 43.6 points and 575.6 yards per game. Junior Joseph leads the UConn Huskies with 45 tackles, Cole Ormsby has four sacks and Tyler Coyle has one interception. 

Temple vs. UCONN - 10/14/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Temple Owls look for a conference victory here to get a game above a .500 record. The Temple Owls have won eight of their last nine home games. Logan Marchi is completing 53.9 percent of his passes for 1,302 yards, eight touchdowns and seven interceptions. Marchi has three touchdown passes and seven interceptions in his last three games. Isaiah Wright and Keith Kirkwood have combined for 607 receiving yards and four touchdowns while Adonis Jennings has 17 receptions. The Temple Owls ground game is averaging 100 yards per contest, and Ryquell Armstead leads the way with 246 yards on 77 carries. Defensively, Temple is allowing 26 points and 424.8 yards per game. Delvon Randall leads the Temple Owls with 45 tackles, Quincy Roche has five sacks and Mike Jones has one interception.

The Huskies are 6-22-1 ATS in their last 29 road games, 7-20 ATS in their last 27 conference games and 14-40-1 ATS in their last 55 games overall. The Owls are 6-1 ATS vs. a team with a losing record, 7-2 ATS in their last 9 home games and 14-5 ATS in their last 19 games overall. The Huskies are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 meetings in Temple, 1-10 ATS in their last 11 meetings and the under is 8-0 in the last 8 meetings.

Temple isn't nearly as good as teams have been in the past, but the Owls showed they're capable of playing at that level last week with a win over East Carolina. Marchi had one of his better games at quarterback and the defense allowed just 10 points to an offense that can move the football. UConn is just awful defensively, allowing a combined 119 points in its last two games and its yards per game allowed average is 128th in the country. Only Tulsa and East Carolina are allowing more yards per game than the Huskies. Temple has also outscored UConn 84-13 in the last three meetings. I have to side with Temple by double digits.

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