Free Week 1 Prediction: Wildcats vs Owls Odds
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College Football Handicapping: Week 1
(0-0) Villanova Wildcats vs. Temple Owls (0-0)
Date: Saturday, September 1st 2018
Time: 12:00 pm EST
Venue: Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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The Villanova Wildcats and Temple Owls will open up the season at Lincoln Financial Field. This is an intriguing week 1 matchup although it will likely will be a low scoring affair.
These two teams met last season and the Owls came away with a 16-13 win after kicking a field goal with a minute left in the 4th quarter. Who will win the Philadelphia Mayor’s Cup this season?
The Wildcats went 5-6 last season in FCS play. They had one of the top defenses, allowing just 16.1 PPG (9th). On defense the Wildcats allowed 258.3 PYPG (107th) and 76.2 RYPG (4th).
The team has lost several of their top contributors in the defensive end and I expect them to regress a bit. The defense caused 22 turnovers last season, which is why they didn’t allow many points.
Villanova was weak against the pass and Temple will expose that. Offensively, Villanova struggled, but they suffered a lot of injuries. The offense averaged 290.2 YPG (100th) and 21 PPG (84th).
They bring back most offensive starters, including QB Zach Bednarczyk. While the skill players have more experience, they’re going to struggle to score points on a strong Temple defensive unit.
The Owls went 6-6 last season and then won the Gasparilla Bowl against FIU (28-3). Temple brings back QB Frank Nutile and their leading WR from last season (Isaiah Wright).
Temple averaged 251.8 PYPG (45th), 136.4 RYPG (98th) and 25.1 PPG (93rd) on offense last season. They bring back a lot of key contributors so the offense should be better with more experience.
This week 1 game will be a great test for Temple. Defensively, the Owls allowed 206.8 PYPG (40th), 174.6 RYPG (76th) and 25.8 PPG (58th). They should have little problem shutting down the Villanova offense.
The question is whether or not Temple can cover the big point spread that they’ll be favored by.. Last season they required a last minute FG to win. Temple is a team that plays ugly and rarely dominate a team.
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- Villanova is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games.
- Villanova is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Temple.
- Temple is 11-5 ATS in its last 16 games at home.
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Temple will be big favorites in week 1. There’s no doubt the team is more talented than Villanova, but will they be able to win by more than two TDs? That’s a tough ask in a big rivalry game.
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These two schools no each other extremely well and Villanova was close to winning straight up last season. With this being week 1, I expect the Wildcats to keep this one closer than the bookies expect.
Week 1 Free Score Prediction: Villanova 14 – Temple 24
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