Temple Owls (2-0) at Massachusetts Minutemen (0-1)
|Date & Time||Saturday September 19, 2015, 3:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Massachusetts Minutemen +9 -- Over/Under: 49
The Temple Owls will travel to Gillette Stadium to take on the UMass Minutemen this Saturday afternoon in College Football action.
Temple Owls (2-0, 1-0 AAC) followed up their big opening weekend win against the Penn State with another huge win defeating one of the AAC preseason favorites in the Cincinnati Bearcats 34-26 this past Saturday. The Owls used a big 21 point third quarter to take a 31-12 lead and was able to hang on for the win although they were outgained by a 557-296 margin. The Owls used a strong rushing attacked that compiled 215 yards agianst the Bearcats and were led by RB Jahad Thomas who had 193 yards and a TD on 26 carries. QB P.J. Walker did a solid job as although he only threw for 81 yards, he was able to connect for 2 TD and committed no TO’s. The Temple defense allowed the Bearcats to get 34 first downs but did come up with the big plays as they were able to force Cincinnati into making 5 turnovers (4 INT, 1 Fumble). Temple’s defense is currently allowing 370 ypg and holding teams to just 18.0 ppg.
The UMass Minutemen (0-1, 0-0 MAC) dropped their first game of the season as they were defeated by the Colorado Buffaloes 48-14 this past Saturday afternoon. UMass was able to hang around with the Buffaloes early in this one as the game was tied at 14-14 in the second quarter however, couldn’t find the scoreboard in the 2nd half. The Minutemen were outgained by the Buffaloes by a 558-397 margin and loss the turnover battle by a 2-0 margin. Leading the way for the Minutemen was QB Blake Frohnapfel who completed 20 of 34 passes for 225 yards with a TD and INT. UMass was able to get 147 yards on the ground and were led by RB Marquis Young (7 carries, 62 yds) and Shadrach Abrokawh (9 carries, 56 yards). WR Tajae Sharpe had a big day as he finished the game with 11 receptions for 138 yards.
The Owls are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games in September and 8-3 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Minutemen are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games in September.
UMass has a decent offense that has the ability to put up some points however, their defense is still a major question mark as outside of LB Jovan Santos-Knox and CB Randall Jette, they don’t have much on the defensive end. Temple is one of the most experienced college football teams in the country and as I feel that their defense will cause UMass trouble, I think Temple will be able to easily score enough points to cover in this one. Take Temple to cover!