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Today’s Best Bet at FanDuel Sportsbook
Temple (-1.5) vs South Florida – 8:00 PM
The Temple Owls (5-3) head to Tampa to take on South Florida (4-4) in an AAC-East matchup. The Owls are coming off of an embarrassing loss to UCF by a score of 63-21. South Florida has won three of their last four games and is coming off of a win against East Carolina 45-20.
The Owls are known as a strong defensive team. While they haven’t been as tough defensively as expected this season they are still a solid unit. Temple is 43rd in points allowed this season and they have been better at stopping the rush (46th) than the pass (80th). One thing Temple has been good at is limiting big plays as they are 22nd in yards allowed per play. Their offense has been about average this season but they are a solid 37th in passing in the country. One thing Temple is good at is sustaining long drives and controlling the ball as they have run the eighth-most plays offensively in the country.
South Florida has been pretty bad on both sides of the ball for most of this season despite their 4-4 record. The Bulls are 98th in the country in points scored per game. They have one of the worst passing offenses in the country at 113th. Their rushing is their main focus but even there they are still just 78th in the country. They are not a big-play offense (98th in yards per play) and their offense doesn’t spend much time on the field (123rd). Defensively it doesn’t get much better for the Bulls. South Florida is 86th in points allowed, 116th against the rush and their defense spends a ton of time on the field (seventh-most in the country). The Bulls have the 17th-best pass defense in the country in terms of yards per game allowed but a lot of that has to do with how easy it is to run on them so opponents tend to focus more on the rush.
Temple is the better team in this game. Don’t let their 42-point blowout loss to UCF fool you. Both teams are coming off of a bye so they should both be refreshed and prepared. The Temple defense is worlds better than South Florida. That solid Owls’ passing attack should be able to have their way with the Bulls’ defense. Once in the lead, Temple should be able to run a lot of clock against this bad Bulls’ rush defense. Look for Temple’s defense to rebound with a big game tonight and keep South Florida (who has scored 10 points or less in three of their games this season) from getting anything consistent going on offense.