Tulsa Golden Hurricane (1-2) vs Temple Owls (1-2)Date : 09/20/2018
Time : 7:30 pm EST
Location : Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Tulsa Golden Hurricane vs Temple Owls
The Tulsa Golden Hurricane will visit Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on Thursday night to battle the Temple Owls in week four college football action beginning at 7:30 pm EST. the last time these two teams would meet would be on November 25, 2017 where the Owls would get the 43-22 road win as they would also cover the 4.5 point spread as road favorites while the over was the play with the total being set at 46.5 points for the game. Temple would halt a two-game losing streak last Saturday by picking up a 35-14 road win versus the Maryland Terrapins to where they would cash in on the 15.5 point spread while the over was the play as the total was set at 56.5 points. The Tulsa Golden Hurricane would drop their week three contest to the Arkansas State Red Wolves at home by a 29-20 score. They would not cover the small spread as two-point favorites while the under was the play as the total was set at 71.5 points for the game.
Tulsa Golden Hurricane's Latest Performance :
Tulsa would go down 13-7 to the Red Wolves on last Saturday and were outscored 16-13 in the second as they would be pounded on the ground for a total of 218 yards in a week three loss. In fact, Tulsa would go down 27-7 at one point on the strength of two rushing TD’s for Arkansas State along with a 53-yard interception return for a touchdown before the home team would begin to battle back with two field goals from Nate Walker along with a touchdown pass from Luke Skipper (172 yards, TD, INT) to Cole Neph to tighten the lead to 27-20. Nonetheless, the Red Wolves would seal the win with Keylon Stokes being tackled in the end zone for a safety. With the loss, the defense for Tulsa would allow teams 180 yards per game on the ground thus far in 2018 while its pass defense, which gave up 191 pass yards to the Red Wolves, would allow 198 yards per game, good for 55th nationally. Linebacker Robert Revels III will be questionable to the Tulsa defensive unit for Thursday’s game due to an unspecified injury.
Temple Owls's Latest Performance :
The Owls would pick up a huge road victory over the Maryland Terrapins last Saturday as Anthony Russo would pass for 228 yards total in the win along with a touchdown and an interception while Ryquell Armstead would lead the rushing attack with 118 yards on 26 carries. Freddie Johnson would lead the receiving corps with three receptions for 86 yards and a score while Ventell Bryant would have five receptions for 45 yards in the win. The rushing attack for the Owls is average in ranking 118th in the nation while its passing attack is averaging 236 yards per outing. The 50th ranked Owls defense would shut down the offense for the Terps in their win as they were only able to rack up a total of 195 yards while they look to neutralize an offense for the Golden Hurricane that ranks 90th in total yards, yet, are averaging 210 yards on the ground. Temple will certainly be up to the challenge as they are allowing 145 yards per game to their opponents in 2018. Quincy Roche is questionable to play for the Temple defense as he is questionable with an undisclosed injury.
How Tulsa Golden Hurricane & Temple Owls Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Tulsa is 1-2 ATS while the O/U is 1-2
Temple is 1-2 ATS while the O/U is 1-2
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
The Owls must be on a high at this point with their win over Maryland. For this matchup, they will look to get their running game going versus a Golden Hurricane squad that has struggled to stop the ground attack for their opponents. The real matchup will be how/if Temple, with the passing game being its strength, can matchup with a stingy pass defense for Tulsa. In all, this will be an up and down game as both teams are averaging around 26 points per game while Tulsa has an edge in offense capability.
Against The Spread Selection: Pick: Tulsa Golden Hurricane +7.5
My reason for the pick :
Tulsa would pick up a terrible loss last weekend as they would be exposed in the run game; However, they look to shore up their vulnerabilities versus a run game that is only averaging 109 yards per game on the ground. Furthermore, they are more than capable of challenging the Tulsa passing attack in this contest as I believe that the road team will play a great game versus a team brewing with confidence. In all, Tulsa matches up well versus this Temple team which allows me to take the road team and the points for this contest on Saturday.
Totals Selection: Pick: Under 57
My reason for the prediction :
I will back the under in this contest as I feel as though both offenses will be less than stellar on Saturday as they will be matched up with very solid defenses. Of course, there may be one of two pivotal pieces missing for Saturday’s contest, however, both units will be looking to step up both in the rush and the pass to either continue their solid defensive play, or, make up for a less than stellar outing in the week prior.
Betting trends for Tulsa Golden Hurricane:
- Under is 4-0 in Golden Hurricane last 4 games following an ATS loss
- Under is 4-0 in Golden Hurricane last 4 games on grass
- Under is 4-0 in Golden Hurricane last 4 road games.
Betting trends for Temple Owls:
- Over is 4-0 in Owls last 4 conference games
- Owls are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games after allowing less than 20 points in their previous game
- Under is 7-1 in Owls last 8 games following a straight up win of more than 20 points.