Temple vs. UCF - 11/18/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
UCF Knights (9-0) at Temple Owls (5-5)
College Football: Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 12:00 pm (Lincoln Financial Field)
The Line: Temple Owls +14 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The UCF Knights and Temple Owls meet Saturday in college football action at Lincoln Financial Field.
The UCF Knights look to improve to 10-0 on the season to remain in the drivers seat for an AAC title. The UCF Knights have won seven of their last nine road games. McKenzie Milton is completing 69.6 percent of his passes for 2,720 yards, 22 touchdowns and five interceptions. Milton has two or more touchdown passes in five of his last seven games. Tre'Quan Smith and Dredrick Snelson have combined for 1,190 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns while Jordan Akins has 22 receptions. The UCF Knights ground game is averaging 210.2 yards per contest, and Adrian Killins, Jr. leads the way with 599 yards and eight touchdowns. Defensively, Central Florida is allowing 20.7 points and 371.1 yards per game. Pat Jasinski leads the UCF Knights with 69 tackles, Shaquem Griffin has three sacks and Kyle Gibson has three interceptions.
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The Temple Owls look for a third straight victory to become bowl eligible for a third straight season. The Temple Owls have won nine of their last 11 home games. Frank Nutile is completing 65 percent of his passes for 883 yards, six touchdowns and three interceptions. Nutile and Logan Marchi have combined for 15 touchdown passes and 11 interceptions. Isaiah Wright and Adonis Jennings have combined for 1,055 receiving yards and eight touchdowns while Keith Kirkwood has 32 receptions. The Temple Owls ground game is averaging 124.3 yards per contest, and Ryquell Armstead leads the way with 482 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, Temple is allowing 26.5 points and 394.9 yards per game. Chapelle Russell leads the Temple Owls with 70 tackles, Jacob Martin has six sacks and Delvon Randall has four interceptions.
The Knights are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games following a ATS loss, 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games in November and 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Owls are 7-0 ATS in their last 7 games in November, 8-3 ATS in their last 11 home games and 39-19 ATS in their last 58 games overall. The under is 11-5 in Owls last 16 games overall and the under is 4-1 in Knights last 5 road games.
UCF has obviously been the most consistent team in the AAC this season, but don't overlook what Temple has done over the last month. The Temple Owls have looked a lot like the Temple Owls of past years, as they've won two straight with wins over Navy and Cincinnati, and their losses to UConn and Army came by a combined seven points. Temple could very easily be riding a five-game winning streak. Either way, I like the way the Owls have looked as of late, and this is a chance for them to become bowl eligible while it being their last home game of the season. This is a very dangerous game for the UCF Knights. Give me my free touchdowns.