Temple Owls (5-6) at Tulane Green Wave (3-8)
|Date & Time||Saturday December 6, 2014, 7:30 PM (EST)|
The Line: Tulane Green Wave +4 -- Over/Under:
The Temple Owls and Tulane Green Wave play Saturday night at Yulman Stadium.
The Temple Owls have lost five of their last six games but are still one win away from becoming bowl eligible. P.J. Walker is completing 53.4 percent of his passes for 12 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. Walker has one touchdown and four picks in his last two games, and Temple has 20 passing plays of 25 or more yards. Jalen Fitzpatrick and Jahad Thomas have combined for more than 900 receiving yards and seven touchdowns while Brandon Shippen has three of his 10 receptions in his last three games. Temple’s ground game is averaging 3.5 yards per carry, as Jahad Thomas leads the way with 384 rushing yards and zero touchdowns. Defensively, the Temple Owls are allowing 18.8 points, 354.5 yards, and they’ve forced 23 sacks and 29 turnovers. Tyler Matakevich leads Temple with 101 tackles and Matt Ioannidis has 11 tackles for loss.
The Tulane Green Wave have lost four of their last five games and just hope to play spoiler in this matchup. Tanner Lee is completing 55.8 percent of his passes for 12 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. Lee has zero touchdowns and four picks in his last two games, and Tulane has 16 passing plays of 25 or more yards. Justyn Shackleford and Teddy Veal have combined for more than 800 receiving yards and three touchdowns while Terren Encalade has seven of his 18 catches in his last two games. Tulane’s ground attack is averaging 4.2 yards per carry, as Sherman Badie leads the way with 659 rushing yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, the Tulane Green Wave are allowing 30.1 points, 391.5 yards, and the’ve forced 21 sacks and 27 turnovers. Sam Scofield leads Tulane with 89 tackles and Nico Marley has 12 tackles for loss.
The Owls are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games on fieldturf and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Green Wave are 11-4 ATS in their last 15 home games and 4-1 ATS vs. a team with a losing record.
While Tulane has been money ATS all season long, this is a big game for the Temple Owls if they want to play in a bowl game for the first time since 2011. Look for Temple's defense to make the difference in this game. Give me the Owls and the small chalk.