The Connecticut Huskies (2-9) head to the City of Brotherly Love this weekend for an American East showdown with the Temple Owls (7-4). Kickoff is set for 3:30 PM EST on November 30th at Lincoln Financial Field and the game will be broadcast on the CBS Sports Network.
Taking a look at the Week 14 college football odds, Temple opened as a 28-point home favorite earlier this week. The spread has come down by half a point after early betting, as the Owls are currently available at -27.5. The total for the game is sitting at 50 points.
Vegas Betting Preview & Game Odds: Temple vs UConn
Connecticut lost their third game in a row last weekend, falling 31-24 at home against East Carolina to drop to 2-9 on the season overall. The Huskies trailed 17-7 at the half and couldn’t find a way to pull off a comeback despite outscoring the Pirates 10-7 in the fourth quarter. QB Jack Zergiotis had an up and down game, going 21/37 for 418 passing yards and three touchdowns but also getting picked off twice as well. RB Kevin Mensah led the way on the ground, rushing for 75 yards on a team-high 20 carries. WR Cameron Ross absolutely torched the Pirates secondary, exploding for 169 receiving yards and two touchdowns on eight catches. Overall, Connecticut generated well over 500 total yards of offense and found the end zone three times in the loss.
The Huskies didn’t have a great outing on the other side of the ball against East Carolina, giving up over 500 total yards of offense and four touchdowns. UConn couldn’t find a way to slow down Pirates RB Darius Pinnix on the ground, allowing him to rack up 105 rushing yards and two touchdowns on a game-high 27 carries.
Temple saw their modest two game win streak come to an end last weekend after coming up just short on the road against #18 overall Cincinnati. The Owls outscored the Bearcats 13-2 in the fourth quarter but couldn’t find a way to convert on a critical two-point attempt that would have likely forced overtime. QB Anthony Russo went 24/43 for 228 passing yards and a touchdown through the air while RB Re’Mahn Davis rushed for 71 yards and a score on the ground. Jadan Blue led the way for the receiving corps, hauling in 13 receptions for 120 yards. As a whole, Temple gained over 300 total yards of offense and scored two touchdowns despite coming up just short on the scoreboard.
The Owls were very solid defensively against Cincinnati, surrendering just over 200 total yards of offense and only a single touchdown. Temple was especially impressive defending against the pass, holding the Bearcats to just 62 passing yards while also recording an interception.
NCAA Football Betting Predictions & Free Pick: Temple -27.5
I’m leaning just slightly towards laying the boatload of points and rolling with the massive home favorite against the spread in this spot, although a case could easily be made for avoiding this matchup altogether. The Owls offense certainly hasn’t shown they are capable of putting a lot of points on the board in a hurry, scoring 21 points or less in four out of their last five outings. However, their play on defense has been strong enough that I think they might have a shot at keeping the Huskies under ten points on Saturday afternoon. Therefore, I’d much rather take my chances with a Temple squad that is a respectable 7-4 against the spread through their first eleven games – especially since they have covered the number in five out of their last six outings at home as well.
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It is also important to note that the Owls have been dominant against the spread in this American East rivalry in recent history, covering the number in eight out of their last ten meetings with Connecticut overall. Temple has also performed well at home in conference games, going 2-1 against the spread through three games this season. On the other side, the Huskies are just 2-4 against the spread in their last six games away from Rentschler Field. I’ll lay the 27.5 points and eat the chalk with the home team on Saturday afternoon – give me the Owls to cover!