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Marmot Boca Raton Bowl - Toledo Rockets vs. Temple Owls - 12/22/15 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Temple Owls (10-3) at Toledo Rockets (9-2)
Date & Time Tuesday December 22, 2015, 7:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Toledo Rockets +1 -- Over/Under: 55
TV Channel
ESPN
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CFB | Temple Owls (10-3) at Toledo Rockets (9-2)
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The Toledo Rockets will play the Temple Owls in the Marmot Boca Raton Bowl Game.

The Temple Owls were 10-3 this season and lost in the American Conference Championship game against Houston. The Temple offense is averaging 30.8 points per game with 215.5 passing yards per game and 153.6 rushing yards per game. P.J. Walker is the Temple quarterback who is completing 57% of his passes for 2737 yards, 19 touchdowns, and 7 interceptions. Jahad Thomas has 1257 rushing yards and 17 touchdowns for Temple. Robby Anderson has 873 receiving yards and 7 touchdowns for Temple. Ventell Bryant has 521 receiving yards and 3 touchdowns for the Owls. The Temple defense is giving up 19.2 points per game with 203.3 passing yards per game and 125.8 rushing yards per game. Tyler Matakevich has 126 tackles and 5 interceptions, while Haason Reddick has 5 sacks. Temple is +4 in turnover margin this season.

The Toledo Rockets were 9-2 this season and finished tied for first in the MAC West Division. The Toledo offense is averaging 34.7 points per game with 250.1 passing yards per game and 213.2 rushing yards per game. Phillip Ely is the Toledo quarterback who is completing 54.9% of his passes for 2680 yards, 21 touchdowns, and 10 interceptions. Kareem Hunt has 894 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns for Toledo. Terry Swanson has 870 rushing yards and 7 touchdowns for the Rockets. Cody Thompson has 706 receiving yards and 4 touchdowns for Toledo. The Toledo defense is giving up 21.1 points per game with 263.3 passing yards per game and 115.5 rushing yards per game. Chase Murdock has 78 tackles, Orion Jones has 6 sacks, and Cheatham Norrils has 3 interceptions for Toledo. Toledo is +7 in turnover margin this season.

This game is a very even matchup with two teams that have very good running backs. Jahad Thomas is the best offensive player for Temple and will need to have a good game for them to have success. Kareem Hunt is an electrifying player for Toledo and they will look to give him touches early and often. Toledo had a very good season, behind their very balanced offensive attack. Toledo was one win away from going to the MAC championship game, but they lost to Western Michigan in the last game of the season. Temple also had a very good season, behind their tough defense that was able win a lot of games for them. This will be a very good game, but I am going to take Temple because of their defense.

Pick:
Temple Owls -1.5

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