UCF Won't Stop Temple's Running Game So Back the Owls -21.5 With Your College Football Picks

Joe Catalano

Thursday, October 15, 2015 6:23 PM GMT

The Temple Owls (5-0, 2-0) face the UCF Knights (0-6). See who we like for our college football picks in this inter-conference matchup.

Kickoff is scheduled for Saturday, October 17th, 7:30 p.m. ET at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. According to 5Dimes, the Owls are a 21.5 point betting favorite and the total for the game is listed at 44. In my opinion, the line should be higher, but this isn't a top-rated conference such as the SEC and college football odds makers tend to keep the spread a bit lower. Nontheless, this is certainly a one-sided matchup and just a matter of how much Temple wins by. With really nothing to gain as far as being a top AP 25 team, the Owls must show no mercy and blow out UCF and attempt to make an impression on the pollsters. This game should get ugly. 

 

Still Looking For That First Win
This is a team that even lost to the hall of fame retired South Carolina, Florida, and Washington Redskins coach, Steve Spurrier, therefore you know that this will be an uphill climb. The Knights are coming off of a 40-13 loss to the Connecticut Huskies last week. 

Turrnovers always make the difference and UCF quarterback, Justin Holman, managed 250 yards with  1 TD on short passes to 9 different receivers, led by Michael Willett (5 receptions, 65 yards ) and Nick Patti (6  receptions, 58 yards ,1 TD) , but he threw 3 interceptions. Connecticut quarterback, Bryant Shirreffs, threw for 256 yards and 1 TD, but was turnover-free and these and this is an example of why UConn is 3-3 and UCF is 0-6.

Obviously, when facing a top-level team such as Temple, Holman can't afford to throw a pick. In this case, as a large underdog, I don't think that it will make a difference, but UCF would be able to make a game of this if Justin Holman does his part and finds the open receivers and trying to get some type of ground game going. Running back, C.J. Jones has had a limited amount of carries with liited results. UCF is mostly behind and forced to throw the football. 

 

Playing Smart
Don't let the conference fool you, Temple is a team that opened up the season with a win over Penn State. This is a team with the 27th rated defense in the nation and rank 10th against the run, allowing 96.2 yards per game. There should be no problem as UCF isn't a running team and we should see a lot of passing in this game.

Temple quarterback, P.J. Walker, is not one to force the football in tight situations. For the season he has 914 yards with 7 TD and 2 INT. Robbie Anderson is the go to guy as he's had a 3 touchdown receptions in his last 2 games and is coming off of a solid 73 yard game on 4 receptions along with 1 trip to the end zone. Walker has many targets to throw the ball to, but when in need of a 1st down, Anderson is his 1st option,

 

Jahad Thomas
The main source of offense on this team comes from running back, Jahad Thomas. Thomas leads the Owls as the key back with 605 yards and 7 TD's. He averages 111 yards per game and it will be more after this game as UCF doesn't have the defense to stop this stud. Thomas has had at least a touchdown each game this season and his weakest game came last week against Tulane. Expect for the junior to explode on Saturday,

UCF has no running game to speak of and creates their own mistakes. I look for Temple to crush them in this matchup and cover the spread, so take them with your college football picks.

College Football Picks: Temple Owls -21.5 at 5Dimes

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