A couple of schools that like running the football, Head Coach Randy Edsall and the Connecticut Huskies (+28) are taking on their AAC foe Temple Owls at Lincoln Financial Field. This Saturday afternoon game is scheduled to kick off at 3:30 p.m. ET and CBS Sports Network will televise the action.
Connecticut vs. Temple Betting Odds 11/30/2019
Temple has been tabbed as heavily favored in this one and is currently giving up 28 points to Connecticut. The over/under has been set at 51 points, and there will probably be some good live betting scenarios for this game.
The Huskies are 2-9 straight up (SU), including 0-7 SU against AAC opponents. The Owls are 7-4 SU overall and 4-3 SU in conference play. The Huskies are 5-6 against the spread (ATS) and are down 1.0 unit so far. They’ve been a good under bet and have recorded an Over-Under mark of 4-7.
The Owls are down 1.8 units this season. The team is 7-4 ATS and has an O/U record of 5-6.
The Huskies are most-recently reeling from a 31-24 defeat to East Carolina last week. The passing game wasn’t where it needed to be as Jack Zergiotis completed just 21 passes on 37 attempts for 418 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions. Kevin Mensah (75 yards on 20 rush attempts) led the ground attack in the loss. Cameron Ross (eight receptions, 169 yards, two TDs) and Matt Drayton (three catches, 99 yards) shared the receiving duties.
Temple narrowly suffered a 15-13 loss to Cincinnati. The team’s defense let the Bearcats run for 148 yards on 44 rush attempts, along with one rushing TD. Michael Warren II had a solid showing in the win, posting 106 rushing yards and a score on 24 attempts for Cincinnati. For Temple, Anthony Russo completed 24-of-43 passes for 228 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Re’Mahn Davis (71 yards on 13 rush attempts, one TD) and Jager Gardner (24 yards on 10 carries) handled the ground game in the defeat as Jadan Blue (13 receptions, 120 yards) and Isaiah Wright (three catches, 12 yards) led the receiving corps.
Connecticut has run the ball on 53.4 percent of its offensive possessions this year while Temple has a rush percentage of 50.1 percent. The Huskies have run for 133 yards per game (including 121 per game versus American Athletic Conference opponents) and have 12 scores via handoffs this year. The Owls are logging 131 rushing yards per contest (126 in conference) and have 12 total rush TDs.
If the numbers so far this season are any indication, then it seems like the Owls could hold an advantage when it comes to quarterback protection. Their offensive line has allowed only 18 sacks while the D-line has registered 35 sacks. The Huskies O-line has allowed 29 sacks and their defense has generated only 18 sacks.
The Huskies have averaged 213 yards in the air overall (229 per game against conference opposition) and have 13 passing TDs so far. The Owls have produced 255 pass yards per outing (233.9 against AAC competition) and have 22 total pass scores.
On the defensive side of the ball, Connecticut has allowed 220 rush yards and 237 pass yards per game. Temple has been a bit better than that, giving up 159.3 yards per game on the ground and 209.1 to opponents in the air. The Owls are allowing an adjusted net yards per pass attempt (ANY/A) of only 4.96 to opponents, while the Huskies have given up an 8.02 ANY/A.
Zergiotis has amassed 1,497 passing yards on the year. He’s connected on 122-of-211 attempts with eight passing touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Zergiotis has a 5.00 adjusted net yards per pass attempt, including 6.23 over the last two outings.
Kevin Mensah, Cameron Ross and Matt Drayton have collectively accounted for 522 yards from scrimmage and two touchdowns over the last two outings.
In the home locker room, Anthony Russo has tallied 2,265 yards, 17 TDs and 10 INTs. Russo’s ANY/A sits at 5.87 for the season and 5.07 over his past two outings.
We also expect the Temple offense to spread things out this Saturday. Jadan Blue, Re’Mahn Davis and Kenny Yeboah have combined for 497 total yards and five touchdowns over the last two games.
These two teams met last year with the final result being a 57-7 victory for Temple.
Connecticut Huskies at Temple Owls Betting Pick
SU Winner – Temple, ATS Winner – Connecticut, O/U – Over
Team Betting Trends
Both teams have produced six pass plays of 40 or more yards. The Huskies have have made 11 pass plays of 30+ yards while the Owls have created 16 such plays.
The Connecticut defense has allowed nine pass plays of 40 or more yards, while Temple has given up eight such plays.
The Connecticut offense has created 12 rushing plays of 20 or more yards, while Temple has created seven such runs.
The Huskies defense has allowed 16 rushing plays of 20 yards or more, while the Owls have given up 12 such runs.
The Temple D has created 35 sacks on the year while Connecticut has just 18.
As a team, Connecticut has rushed for 3.2 yards per attempt across its last three games and 3.5 over its last two.
Temple has averaged 3.6 yards per carry over its last three contests and 3.3 over its past two.
In its last three matchups, Temple is 3-0 ATS and the under cashed in each of those three.
The O/U for Connecticut’s last game was set at 64.5. The under cashed in the team’s 31-24 loss to East Carolina.
In its last three games, Connecticut is 1-2 ATS and the under cashed in two of those three.
The O/U for Temple’s last outing was set at 46. The under cashed in the 15-13 loss to Cincinnati.
Connecticut has lost 10 of its last 11 games SU, with a 21-point victory over Massachusetts on October 26th representing the only win over that span.