Free Independence Bowl Prediction: Owls vs Blue Devils Odds
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College Football Handicapping: 2018 Independence Bowl
(8-4) Temple Owls vs. Duke Blue Devils (7-5)
Date: Saturday, September 3rd 2018
Time: 10:30 pm EST
Venue: Independence Stadium, Shreveport, Louisiana
NCAA Football Spread: Owls -3
NCAA Betting Total: 56
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The AAC is always looking for more respect. They can get some during bowl season by wining games like this. Temple is a tough out.
Duke got absolutely hammered in their last game of the season. It was the kind of performance that a good coach could use to have them breathing fire for this game.
When Temple lost against Villanova to start the season it was not a good look. Since then only Buffalo, Boston College and UCF have tripped up the Owls who are quietly becoming a very steady program.
Temple might not be the most explosive team on offense but they have good balance and make the most of their opportunities – 35ppg (24th in the nation). RB Ryquell Armstead is having his best season as a senior.
The Owls are a stout defensive group. They might have been roughed up in their losses but in their eight wins the opposition scored more than 17 points only once.
Duke Blue Devils
Duke closed the year on a down note with back to back losses. Losing to Clemson 35-6 was very understandable but getting beat 59-7 at home by a .500 Wake Forest team is not a good look.
Quarterback Daniel Jones failed to put it all together as a junior. He had his moment for sure but game to game his performance was too inconsistent. He is questionable for the bowl game at the moment with a lower body injury.
The Duke secondary put up good numbers but the Blue Devils are easy to run on. Temple is not going to crank up the pace and go but Duke is going to have to find a way to get the Owls off the field.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- TEM are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 Thu. games.
- Under is 14-5 in TEM last 19 games on grass.
- Under is 19-7 in TEM last 26 games as a favorite.
- DUKE are 7-2 ATS vs. a team with a winning record.
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Temple has posted an 8-4 SUATS record making them one of the better bets in the game. At first glance I can’t see backing Duke in this spot.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: Temple -3
Look for the Temple defense to be more than ready for whatever Duke throws at them. This game might be a little sluggish but eventually the Owls pull away.
There is not going to be a lot of flash in this one, just a professional win by a blue collar group.
Independence Bowl Free Score Prediction: Temple 30 – Duke 24
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