The #23 overall Memphis Tigers (5-0) travel to Philadelphia this weekend for an all-American Athletic Conference clash with the Temple Owls (4-1). Kickoff is set for 12:00 PM EST on Saturday, October 12th at Lincoln Financial Field and the game will be televised on ESPN2.
Taking a look at the Week 7 college football odds, Memphis opened as a 3.5-point road favorite earlier this week. That spread has yet to move at all after early betting, as the Tigers are currently listed at -3.5. The total for the game is sitting at 51.5 points.
Vegas Betting Preview & Game Odds: Temple vs Memphis
Memphis won their fifth consecutive game last weekend, beating LA-Monroe 52-33 on the road to remain undefeated so far this season. The Tigers led 29-17 in the second quarter and put the game out of reach down the stretch, outscoring the Warhawks 13-7 over the final 15 minutes of the game. QB Brady White played pretty well, going 15/23 for 249 passing yards and three touchdowns. Kenneth Gainwell lived up to his last name on the ground, rushing for 209 yards and two touchdowns on just 14 carries. WR Antonio Gibson led the way for receiving corps, finding the end zone on his only catch of his game on a 50-yard passing play. As a whole, Memphis generated well over 500 total yards of offense and scored six touchdowns in their double-digit victory.
The Tigers defense wasn’t at their best against LA-Monroe, giving up well over 500 total yards of offense and four touchdowns. Memphis got burned badly on the ground, as the duo of Josh Johnson and Caleb Evans combined for 221 rushing yards and two touchdowns.
Temple moved to 4-1 overall last Thursday after a hard fought 27-17 road victory over ECU. The Owls led by a single touchdown at the half but came out flying in the third quarter, scoring seven unanswered points en route to a double-digit win. QB Anthony Russo went 23/34 for 208 yards and a touchdown while Re’Mahn Davis exploded for 157 rushing yards and a score. Jager Gardner also had a solid outing, averaging 4.3 yards per carry and finding the end zone on the ground. The dynamic receiving duo of Branden Mack and Isaiah Wright had a big contribution on offense as well, combining for 211 yards and a touchdown on 18 catches. Overall, Temple racked up close to 500 total yards of offense and three touchdowns against a below average Pirates defense.
The Owls were fairly solid on the other side of the ball against East Carolina, holding the offense to just over 325 total yards and two touchdowns. Temple was especially solid defending against the run, holding Pirates rushers to only 99 net rushing yards.
NCAA Football Betting Predictions & Free Pick: Memphis -3.5
I’m not sure there is really a ton of value to be found picking against the spread or even the total in this matchup, as both numbers look pretty efficient to me overall. However, I think I would much rather take a shot with the Tigers on the road here in Week 7, especially since they are a perfect 5-0 straight up to start the season. While they certainly haven’t had the toughest schedule up to this point in the year, Memphis has still looked quite solid on both sides of the ball. Of course, the same can also be said of Temple, as the Owls have only lost one game through their first five outings and have given up less than 18 points in three out of their last four games. However, they did have a pretty rocky outing against Buffalo back in Week 4, losing by over two touchdowns on the road.
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The Tigers have also been very good against the spread so far this year, going 4-1 ATS in five games overall. They are also 4-1 ATS over their last five road games and 7-1 against the spread in their last eight matchups with an opponent from the American Athletic Conference. Temple also has a fairly decent track record against the spread recently, going 11-5 ATS over their last 16 games overall. Still, I’ll take a stab with an undefeated Memphis team in what should be a close, tightly-contested AAC showdown.