The Temple Owls (2-0) travel to Amherst this weekend to battle the Buffalo Bulls (1-2). Kickoff is set for 3:30 PM EST on Saturday, September 21st at UB Stadium and the game will be televised on ESPNU.
Taking a look at the Week 4 college football odds, Buffalo opened as a 11.5-point home underdog earlier this week. That line has moved substantially after early betting, as the Bulls are currently listed at +14. The total for the game is sitting at 55 points.
Vegas Betting Preview & Game Odds: Buffalo vs Temple
Temple improved to 2-0 on the season last weekend after slipping by Maryland 20-17 at home. The Owls actually trailed 15-13 at the end of the third quarter before rallying back over the final fifteen minutes to secure the victory. QB Anthony Russo was pretty solid, going 20/37 for 277 yards and three touchdowns. RB Re’Mahn Davis led the way on the ground, rushing for 92 yards on 15 carries. Jager Gardner also had a decent outing, averaging 5.1 yards per carry on a team-high 16 rushing attempts. WR Jadan Blue had a monster game through the air, hauling in five passes for 132 yards and a touchdown. As a whole, the Temple offense gained over 450 total yards and scored three touchdowns against a pretty tough Terrapins defense.
The Owls defense came through when it mattered most, holding Maryland to only two points in the fourth quarter. Temple did a great job shutting down the Terps through the air, but really struggled to contain RB Anthony McFarland Jr. who rushed for a game-high 132 yards and one touchdown.
Buffalo is now back below .500 on the season after a disappointing 35-17 road loss to Liberty in Week 3. The Bulls were favored by more than a field goal but played poorly on both sides of the ball, falling behind 28-7 after two quarters and never recovering. QB Matt Myers was just 15/33 for 167 yards and two touchdowns, while no Buffalo running backs found the end zone all game long. It was a similar story for the large majority of the receiving corps, although Dylan McDuffie and Cole Burniston both scored touchdowns despite combining for only 22 yards. Overall, the offense managed to gain just over 350 total yards against a Flames defense that gave up almost 30 points per game through the first two weeks of the season.
The Bulls defense also had a rough outing in Week 3, as Liberty scored five touchdowns on more than 400 yards of total offense. Buffalo got torched through the air by Flames QB Stephen Calvert, who was 23/30 for 325 yards and four touchdowns.
NCAA Football Betting Predictions & Free Pick: Temple -14
I got burned by siding with Buffalo in Week 3 against a below average Liberty team, but I’m not going to make the same mistake two weekends in a row. Temple has really competed hard in both their games this season and should be extremely confident after winning as an eight point underdog against Maryland last Saturday. The Owls defense is very tough, while their offense demonstrated what they can do against a below average defense in Week 1 by scoring 56 points against Bucknell. While the Bulls might be able to hang around for a couple of quarters, I think Temple should put this game out of reach well before the midway point of the fourth quarter.
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It is also worth noting that the Owls are a perfect 2-0 against the spread so far this season, while Buffalo is a horrendous 0-3 ATS over their first three games. Temple is also a very impressive 9-1 ATS over their last ten road games overall, and has a rock solid 4-1 record against the spread in their past five meetings with the Bulls. I’m fully expecting all of those trends to continue here in Week 4, as Buffalo is clearly outmatched on both sides of the ball. Even though this spread has already jumped up 2.5 points, I still think there is some value here with Temple as long as they stay below -15 or so. Give me the Owls to cover!