Tulsa Golden Hurricane (1-2) at Temple Owls (1-2)
College Football: Thursday, September 20, 2018 at 7:30 pm (Lincoln Financial Field)
The Line: Temple Owls -7 -- Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Tulsa Golden Hurricane and Temple Owls meet Thursday in college football action at Lincoln Financial Field.
The Tulsa Golden Hurricane look for their first road win of the season to get back to a .500 record. The Tulsa Golden Hurricane haven’t won a road game since November of 2016. Luke Skipper is completing 61.3 percent of his passes for 521 yards, four touchdowns and three interceptions. Skipper has five pass completions of at least 25 yards this season. Keenen Johnson and Keylon Stokes have combined for 274 receiving yards and one touchdown while Justin Hobbs has six receptions. The Tulsa Golden Hurricane ground game is averaging 210 yards per contest, and Shamari Brooks leads the way with 310 yards and four touchdowns. Defensively, Tulsa is allowing 28 points and 376.7 yards per game. Cooper Edmiston leads the Tulsa Golden Hurricane with 25 tackles, Diamon Cannon has one sack and Akayleb Evans has two pass deflections.
The Temple Owls look for their first home win of the season to get back to a .500 record. The Temple Owls have lost five of their last six home games. Frank Nutile is completing 52.4 percent of his passes for 401 yards, four touchdowns and four interceptions. Nutile and Anthony Russo have combined for five touchdown passes and five interceptions. Branden Mack and Ventell Bryant have combined for 286 receiving yards and two touchdowns while Freddie Johnson has four receptions. The Temple Owls ground game is averaging 108.6 yards per contest, and Ryquell Armstead leads the way with 256 yards on 54 carries. Defensively, Temple is allowing 23 points and 342.3 yards per game. Shaun Bradley leads the Temple Owls with 18 tackles, Michael Dogbe has 3.5 sacks and Sam Franklin has one interception.
The Golden Hurricane are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games on grass, 16-5 ATS in their last 21 road games and 1-4 ATS vs. a team with a losing record. The Owls are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 Thursday games, 21-6 ATS in their last 27 conference games and 20-9 ATS in their last 29 games overall. The under is 7-3 in Owls last 10 home games and the under is 7-2 in Golden Hurricane last 9 games overall.
The Temple Owls beat Maryland as big underdogs and now all of a sudden are laying a touchdown on a quick turnaround. I'm not sure I buy it. Temple is also 1-5 ATS in its last six games when favored by at least five points. However, the Tulsa Golden Hurricane have been gashed defensively and haven't looked good when playing FBS competition, as their only victory came against Central Arkansas. Temple should be able to control this game in the trenches and did beat Tulsa on the road last year by 21 points. I don't like laying big numbers with Temple due to its grind out it syle of play, but I don't trust Tulsa on the road. I'll take the Owls and the chalk if forced to pick this game.