Free Week 8 Prediction: Owls vs. Pirates Odds
Week 8 College football betting sees the Temple Owls taking on the East Carolina Pirates Thursday October 22nd at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium, Greenville, North Carolina. Cappers Picks provides complimentary handicapping picks all NCAA football season long so stay tuned for more FREE college football predictions.
#22 Temple Owls (6-0) vs. East Carolina Pirates (4-3)
Venue: Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium, Greenville, North Carolina
NCAA Football Spread: East Carolina -3
NCAA Betting Total: 53.5
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No. 22 Temple looks to remain unbeaten as they bring their 6-0 record into East Carolina for a Thursday night showdown.
Both teams come into this matchup off a victory and look to use that momentum to propel themselves here in Week 8.
East Carolina comes in off a 30-17 win over Tulsa.
Temple held on to knock off the UCF Knights 30-16 as they rolled over the Knights with their ground game.
The Owls are off to arguably their best start in school history as they sit at 6-0 and have cracked the Top 25 as they sit at #22.
Temple comes in off a 30-16 win over the UCF Knights and it wasn’t easy by any means. UCF led 16-14 heading into the 4th quarter, but Temple battle back for 16 unanswered in the 4th quarter as they came from behind to grab a win.
The Owls offense was rolling again as they racked up 363 yards with 199 of those coming from RB Jahad Thomas. The Owls offense shot themselves in the foot a lot with 4 turnovers with one of those being a pick six.
The Owls run game is averaging 3.9 yards per rush on the season. They should have plenty of success against a Pirates team that is allowing 4.1 per rush.
Temple’s defense has also been a major reason for success this season as they’re allowing just 14.7 points per game.
The Pirates survived a bit of a scare in their 30-17 win over Tulsa on Saturday.
Tulsa out gained the Pirates 463-382, but the defense never broke down as they allowed the high powering offense to score just 17 points. The defense also forced QB James Summers into a pick six that went back for 100 yards.
The Pirates use a 2 QB system with James Summers and Blake Kemp. The duo went 19 for 25 last game 205 yards. QB Blake Kemp has been the better of the two as he’s thrown for 1556 yards with 10 touchdowns.
RB Chris Hairston went for 82 yards on 18 carries. With Hairston leading the way, East Carolina averages 4.2 yards per rush. They’ll have a tough task against a Temple front 7 that allows just 3.0 yards per rush.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Owls are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games after allowing less than 20 points in their previous game.
- Owls are 16-5 ATS in their last 21 games after allowing less than 275 total yards in their previous game.
- Owls are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 conference games
- Pirates are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.
- Pirates are 5-11 ATS in their last 16 games overall.
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The Pirates are no pushover and it says a lot as they are listed as a 3 point favorite over a Top 25 team. However, Temple’s rush defense and rush offense are just too much for this matchup.
They should be able to build off of that and use that momentum here on Tuesday.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: Temple ATS
The Owls use their run game to grab an outright win on the road on Friday night.
Week 8 Free Score Prediction: Temple 24- East Carolina 17
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