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EagleBank Bowl: UCLA Vs Temple

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Last Years Pick: Wake Forest -3, Win

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This game took awhile to materialize because we had to wait for the winner of the Army/Navy game. If Army would have won then they would have played in this owl game. Since they lost UCLA at 6-6 now gets the call to be in this bowl game. Once it was announced that UCLA was going to be playing in this game the odds makers made them a 4.5 point favorites. This is odd for a team that finished 6-6 and better yet the opponent, the Temple owls finished 9-3.  

Temple as always been known as a doormat football team but this year has been different as they grabbed nine wins and a very impressive record against the number. They match up in most numbers against UCLA and this line has been posted on reputation alone. 

Eaglebank bowl director Steven Beck knows who the best team was for this game. "UCLA is the one we identified," Beck said on a conference call. "We really wanted Temple-UCLA. Temple really wanted UCLA. They didn't want a rematch with Army, although they didn't have a choice. They just would have loved a shot at a BCS program like UCLA." Temple did want UCLA and they will be ready for them. 

The Owls are 12-3-1 ATS in their last 16 games after scoring less than 20 points in their previous game and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 non-conference games. The Bruins are 1-5 ATS vs. a team with a winning record and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up loss. The owls are the better team and this line is on the wrong side, take the Owls. 

Eagle Bank Bowl Pick: Temple +4.5



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History and past results of the EagleBank Bowl.

EagleBank Bowl Results
Date
Won
Pts.
Lost
Pts.
12/20/08
Wake Forest
29
Navy
19
The bowl first received certification from the NCAA to begin in 2008.
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