This Thursday the Memphis Tigers will host the Temple Owls. Kickoff for this ACC matchup is set for 8:00 EST at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium. The game will be televised on ESPN. Oddsmakers have Memphis listed as a 10-point favorite with the total set at 59.5 points. Click here for more previews and Week 6 betting odds.
Temple vs Memphis Vegas Betting Preview
The Owls (3-2) enter off back-to-back blowout wins over Charlotte (48-20) and SMU (45-20). Temple’s two blemishes on the schedule both came in non-conference play. They lost 13-28 at home to Army and 27-34 at Penn State. After failing to cover their opener, the Owls have beat the number in 4 straight games.
The Tigers (3-1) will be looking to bounce back from their first loss of the season. Memphis benefited from an easy schedule to start out 3-0, but were no match for Ole Miss on the road. The Tigers fell 28-48 to the Rebels as a 16-point dog. Dropping them to 2-2 against the spread on the season.
Last year the Owls defeated Memphis 31-13 as a 3.5-point home dog. Getting revenge from a 13-16 home loss to the Tigers in 2014. The only previous meeting in Memphis was in 2013. Temple won that matchup outright 41-21 as a 8-point dog.
Free Point Spread Pick & Predictions: Temple +10
I think the value here is with the Owls as a double-digit dog against the Tigers. Even though Temple has covered each of their last 4 games, they aren’t getting a ton of respect. A lot of that stems from their opening week 15-point loss at home to Army. A game in which they were favored to win by 14-points.
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Memphis on the other hand is 3-1 with their only loss coming this past week at Ole Miss by 20-points. The public isn’t going to jump off the Tigers bandwagon after losing to a team like the Rebels on the road.
As expected, the public is all over Memphis in this game, with close to 60% of the bets on the Tigers.
Not only do I think this is too many points, but it’s not a great spot for Memphis. While the Tigers are playing with revenge, they are also in a big letdown spot. They just played a physical and up-tempo game against one of the best teams in the country. Asking this team to blowout Temple on 4 days of rest is a lot.
The Owls are also playing on 4-days of rest, but come in off two easy wins. They had a 31-7 lead at intermission against Charlotte and 35-14 edge at the half last week versus SMU.
This is also a statement game for Temple. They are still searching for their signature win of 2016. What better place to do it, than on the road in a nationally televised game. I also don’t think it’s going to sit well with the Owls that Vegas doesn’t even think they are the same level as Memphis. A team from their conference, who they beat by 18-points last year.
Temple’s offense doesn’t look good on paper. Through 4 games they rank 106th in total offense at just 350.2 yards/game. It looks even worse going up against a Memphis team that ranks 48th in total defense.
However, the Tigers aren’t as good on defense as the numbers suggest. They benefited from playing 3 horrible offenses in Southeast Missouri, Kansas and Bowling Green. Not to mention they have been hit hard with injuries of late. Starting linebacker Jackson Dillon was lost for the season prior to the Ole Miss game. Starting corner Dontrell Nelson and starting safety Chris Morley are both questionable. Each suffering injuries against the Rebels.
I think Temple’s physical defense is going to keep them in this game. At the same time I think the offense is going to play better than most people expect. I really like their chances of keeping this game close and an outright win isn’t out of the question.