Coaching Changes Stirring Up The Point Spread In Military Bowl - Update

Temple Owls Players

Jay Pryce

Wednesday, December 21, 2016 4:29 PM UTC

Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016 4:29 PM UTC

Don't expect coaching changes at Temple and Wake Forest it to affect the result much in the 2016 Military Bowl. Check out why here, including updated line movement and pick.

Personnel changes within Temple and Wake Forest have the betting line dancing all over the board for the 2016 Military Bowl. Oddsmakers opened the Owls as 12-point favorites on Dec. 5. The spread jumped to -13.5 within 24 hours, but leveled off at -13 when then-Temple head coach Matt Rhule announced he accepted the same position at Baylor effective immediately.

Longtime assistant Ed Foley was named interim head coach, but just last week the program announced the hire of Florida defensive coordinator Geoff Collins to fill the position permanently. The line dipped to -12 a day later and went on a brief rollercoaster ride. When school officials confirmed Foley will remain in charge through the Wake Forest matchup, it jumped to -13.5, but adjusted within minutes to its current offering of -11.5.

Additional staff changes include Rhule poaching defensive backs and linebackers coaches Francis Brown and Mike Siravo from his former employer. They will continue at Temple through the postseason.

Wake Forest is not without it’s own locker-room drama entering the matchup. In addition to the Tommy Elrod scandal, in which the former assistant turned radio broadcaster is accused of leaking proprietary game information to opponents, school officials confirmed rumors of defensive coordinator Mike Elko’s departure to Notre Dame just yesterday. Like Temple, defense is the Demon Deacons’ strength, ranking in the FBS top 20 in points allowed, takeaways, and sacks. Elko is expected to coach Wake through the Military Bowl.

How much of an impact staff turnover is causing in game preparations has to concern bettors, particularly with the over-under. The total opened at 41 points. It has dipped to 40.5 on several occasions, only to push back to its original offering each time. Don’t be surprised if the number rises in coming days.

Temple lit up the scoreboard for 31 points or more in five of its last six games. It outperformed the betting market consistently, scoring greater than the opposing defense's points per game allowed in 9 of the last 11 matchups. Can it take advantage of a departing D-coordinator? Our expert handicapper believes so. Temple’s defense may not have to be at its best to slow down a Demon Deacons team that scored 14 points or less in five of their final six games to close out the regular season.

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