Tulsa visits Temple this week after having a bye week, but they lost before that to Navy. Temple is also coming off a loss, but one where they gave up 70 points to UCF. This should be an interesting matchup because both teams need to rebound. Let’s take a look at the odds and make some picks and predictions for this game!
Tulsa vs. Temple Odds
Tulsa is a 13-point road favorite while also being at -490 on the money line. The over/under is at 52.5 too. Tulsa has not been great this year, but them being favored by that much of a point spread still makes a lot of sense because Temple is one of the worst teams in the country. The over/under actually makes a lot of sense too because Tulsa can score a lot of points, but also gives up a lot of points too. Temple has had issues on offense all year, but they might be able to score more here. This spread probably won’t move much even with Tulsa being a road favorite.
Tulsa vs. Temple Prediction & Pick
The Pick: Tulsa -13
This pick isn’t about Tulsa being that good, but that Temple is just very bad. They are only averaging 15 points and 285 total yards a game on offense. The defense has been a little more consistent than the offense but not by much. They are allowing 26 points and 356 total yards a game on average so far. However, last game the wheels completely came off when Temple gave up 70 points and 737 total yards to UCF. Temple is not good this year and seems to be in a complete rebuilding mode. Tulsa, on the other hand, has also not had a good year this year, but has been losing games relatively close, while still being able to score points. They are averaging 33 points and 437 total yards a game, but they are also giving up 35 points and 399 total yards on defense.
Tulsa has been in shootouts where they just couldn’t close the game out due to the defense letting them down. Tulsa has the ability to beat Temple by a lot in this spot, but there’s also a very high possibility of a lot of points too because of the lack of defense for both teams. There’s just more to like with Tulsa in this spot and they should cover and then some here.
Tulsa vs. Temple Key Matchups
Can Temple’s secondary do anything to contain Davis Brin and the Tulsa passing game? Will E.J. Warner be able to get anything going against the Tulsa secondary?
Davis Brin vs the Temple Secondary
Davis Brin has been very good in the Tulsa offense so far this year. He has 1,839 passing yards, 14 passing touchdowns, and five interceptions on the year so far. He also has a 61% completion percentage. Brin’s best game was against an FCS team where he threw for 424 yards and had four touchdowns through the air. Temple’s passing defense has actually been okay with them giving up 196 passing yards a game, but they haven’t played a passing attack like this yet. Their worst game was last week when they allowed 433 passing yards against UCF. Brin could have a very good game here, and if he does it’s going to be a long day for Temple.
E.J. Warner vs the Tulsa Secondary
E.J. Warner was thrust into the starting quarterback job for Temple and the results have been mixed at best. He came into the second game of the year and since then has 1,040 passing yards, six touchdowns, and six interceptions on the year. He also has a 56% completion percentage on the year. The Tulsa passing defense is what the difference potentially might be. Tulsa has allowed 160 passing yards a game, with the most being 259 yards through the air to Northern Illinois. If E.J. Warner can do anything against this secondary, then Temple has a chance in this game.