Temple Owls (5-4) at Houston Cougars (7-1)
|Date & Time||Saturday November 10, 2018, 7:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Houston Cougars -4 -- Over/Under:
The Temple Owls and Houston Cougars meet Saturday in college football action at TDECU Stadium.
The Temple Owls look for their third road victory of the season to become bowl eligible for a fourth straight year. The Temple Owls have won five of their last eight road games. Anthony Russo is completing 57.2 percent of his passes for 1,854 yards, 13 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. Frank Nutile and Russo have combined for 17 touchdown passes and 16 interceptions this season. Ventell Bryant and Branden Mack have combined for 885 receiving yards and eight touchdowns while Randle Jones has 18 receptions. The Temple Owls ground game is averaging 144 yards per contest, and Ryquell Armstead leads the way with 768 yards and six touchdowns. Defensively, Temple is allowing 24.8 points and 363.8 yards per game. Shaun Bradley leads the Temple Owls with 58 tackles, Michael Dogbe has six sacks and Rock Ya-Sin has two interceptions.
The Houston Cougars look to remain undefeated at home to keep pace in the competitive AAC. The Houston Cougars have won six straight home games. D’Eriq King is completing 63.4 percent of his passes for 2,578 yards, 30 touchdowns and five interceptions. King has three or more touchdown passes in seven of his last nine games. Marquez Stevenson and Keith Corbin have combined for 1,359 receiving yards and 17 touchdowns while Courtney Lark has 32 receptions. The Houston Cougars ground game is averaging 232.3 yards per contest, and Patrick Carr leads the way with 550 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, Houston is allowing 31.7 points and 484.6 yards per game. Austin Robinson leads the Houston Cougars with 88 tackles, Isaiah Chambers has 4.5 sacks and Garrett Davis has two interceptions.
The Owls are 22-6 ATS in their last 28 conference games, 41-19 ATS in their last 60 road games and 35-16 ATS in their last 51 games overall. The Cougars are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games on turf, 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS loss and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 home games. The under is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings. The over is 5-0 in Owls last 5 games in November and the over is 5-2 in Cougars last 7 games overall.
The Temple Owls have been playing some really good football since they started the season 0-2, and they were close to giving UCF its first loss in nearly two years. The Houston Cougars are coming off a surprise loss to SMU on the road, and they're now allowing 39 points per game in their last three games. The Temple Owls have covered five of their last seven games when an underdog of at least three points. The Houston Cougars have covered five of their last seven games when a favorite of at least three points. The good news for Houston is that it hasn't lost back-to-back games since October of last year and has the offensive firepower to give Temple issues. We saw the Owls struggle defensively against UCF, and the Cougars can do similair things. I'll eat the chalk.