The Army Black Knights have a chance to become bowl eligible when they host the Temple Owls this weekend. Kickoff is set for noon on Saturday, October 21 at Michie Stadium in West Point, New York. Fans can watch the game on CBS Sports Network.
Oddsmakers list the Black Knights as 5.5-point favorites at home. The over/under for the game is 47 points. Click here for a full list of Week 8 betting odds and links to game previews.
Temple vs Army Vegas Game Preview & Betting Odds
With a win over Temple, Army can become bowl eligible for the second year in a row. It would be the first time the Cadets go to bowls in back-to-back years since 1985. Army is coming off a close 28-27 win over Eastern Michigan last week. The Army defense stopped a 2-point conversion try by EMU with less than a minute left on the clock to secure the win. The Black Knights also have wins over UTEP and Rice during their current three-game winning streak.
Temple, meanwhile, is coming off a disappointing loss to UConn last week. Despite out-gaining the Huskies by over 200 yards, the Owls dug themselves a deep hole with turnovers and couldn’t overcome a 14-point 4th quarter deficit. The loss dropped Temple to 3-4 on the season. The Owls will be desperate for a win against Army; otherwise, they may be sitting home during bowl season.
Free College Football Betting Selection: Army -5.5
No one’s going to confuse Army with one of the nation’s elite teams, but they know how to play to their strengths. Meanwhile, Temple hasn’t had many positives this season. Temple’s only wins are against some of the worst teams in the country, and last week they couldn’t even beat UConn. I’ll lean toward Army in this matchup to win by at least a touchdown and cover the spread.
Like any good triple-option team, the Black Knights excel at controlling time of possession. They trail only Navy in rushing yards per game, and with senior Ahmad Bradshaw at quarterback, they run the triple-option with great precision. Bradshaw is 0 for 5 on pass attempts over the past two games, but it hasn’t stopped Army from winning.
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With Army’s ability to run the ball with the triple-option and dominate the time-of-possession battle, one has to be worried about Temple’s lack of offensive efficiency this season. Temple quarterback Logan Marchi has completed just 55% of his passes this year, with nearly as many interceptions as touchdowns. He’s not thrown the ball well, and the Owls are averaging just three yards per carry running the ball. Those are troubling statistics, to say the least.
Meanwhile, the Army defense is only giving up 20 points per game, and that includes a 38-7 loss to Ohio State. A couple weeks ago, the Black Knights forced six turnovers against Rice in a lopsided win. With turnovers being Temple’s downfall last week, that’s something to look out for in this week’s game.
With the confidence Army has with three-straight wins and the precision with which they run the triple-option, they’re going to be a tough team for the Owls to stop. If Temple plays its best game, they have a chance to win. But right now, I have a lot more faith in Army. I expect the Black Knights to win by a touchdown, and possibly a lot more than that.