Temple Owls vs Houston Cougars NCAAF Odds and Game Preview
The Temple Owls travel to Houston’s TDECU Stadium to take on the Cougars this Saturday afternoon in the American Athletic Conference’s championship game. Houston is 2-0 against Temple in the past two seasons, having covered NCAAF odds both times. The Cougars are favored to make it three in a row by 7 points.
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Why should you bet on the Temple Owls?
Temple was upset by South Florida in a road loss that gave the Bulls a chance to win the AAC East if Temple had faltered in any of their other games, but the Owls held serve, winning against Memphis and Connecticut to carry the division. The Owls had been three-point underdogs when they hosted Memphis but ended up delivering a 31-12 whipping, outgaining the Tigers by 229 yards. Temple then shut down Connecticut 27-3 last week, covering a 13-point spread. Temple was up 10-0 in that game late in the third period but then scored three times in the next 13 minutes to salt away the result. The Owl rushing attack outgained Connecticut 161-9, and Temple won the time of possession battle by over 13 minutes. Temple averages 32 points per game and permits about 19 points per game. Their defense is #17 in the nation overall. This is one reason why the Owls have gone 9-3 against the spread.
Why should you bet on the Houston Cougars?
Houston should be in the conversation for the College Football Playoff. However, their 10-0 season suffered what Roscoe P. Coltraine would have termed a “horrendous crash” when they lost at lowly Connecticut two weeks ago. However, the Cougars recovered enough to rout Navy 52-31 last week, in a game that was tied at 14 in the second period before Houston scored 24 of the next 27 points to seal the victory and their AAC West championship. In that game, Houston gained 555 total yards. Quarterback Greg Ward Jr. hurled the ball for 308 yards and three scores. The Cougars converted an eye-popping 16 of 19 third downs. The defense held the vaunted Navy triple option, which had averaged about 350 yards a game, to less than half that (147). Houston has the nation’s #12 defense against the run, and they outgain their opponents by about 120 yards a game on the ground.
Houston has some key offensive line injuries that could cause some major issues. Temple has taken three of their last four opponents to the woodshed. Given that seven-point spread, I am taking the Owls here. After all, they are 5-1 against the spread in their last six tilts.