Saturday, December 5th, 2015
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The Temple Owls matchup against the Houston Cougars on Saturday at TDECU Stadium in the AAC Championship game. The opening line for this game has Houston as 7 point favorites and the over/under was set at 57.
P.J. Walker finished his last game with 160 yards through the air for Temple. He completed 19 passes out of 29 attempts for a 66% completion percentage. The Owls were led in rushing by Jahad Thomas, who finished with 119 yards on 20 rushes. He ended the contest with an average of 6 yards per carry. Brandon Shippen led the team in receiving with 4 receptions for 45 yards. He had an average of 11 yards per reception in the contest. As a team in that game Temple totaled 321 yards by way of 68 plays. They rushed the ball 39 times for a total of 161 yards on the game and the Owls totaled 18 first downs by getting 6 rushing, 9 passing and 3 by penalty.
Greg Ward finished his last game with 308 yards through the air for Houston. He completed 26 passes out of 35 attempts for a 74% completion percentage. The Cougars were led in rushing by Brandon Wilson, who finished with 111 yards on 22 rushes. He ended the contest with an average of 5 yards per carry. Demarcus Ayers led the team in receiving with 8 receptions for 161 yards. He had an average of 20 yards per reception in the contest. Houston totaled 555 yards by way of 80 plays. They rushed the ball 44 times for a total of 218 yards on the game and the Cougars totaled 27 first downs by getting 13 rushing, 14 passing and 0 by penalty.
Temple is scoring 32.3 points per game on offense this season. In the passing department, they are averaging 16.7 passes on 29.3 attempts for a 56.8 percent completion percentage this season. They throw for a total of 209.5 yards per game through the air as well. The Owls carry the ball for an average of 158.3 yards per game on 38.2 attempts for an average of 4.1 yards per carry this season. They run 67.5 plays per game and average 5.4 yards per play for an average of 367.8 total yards each outing. The Owls get 19.3 first downs per game and they average 60.7 penalty yards via 6.3 penalties each contest.
Temple gives up an average of 211 passing yards and 18.8 points per game on the defensive side of the ball. They allow 19.8 completions per game on 34.7 attempts for a completion percentage of 57. The Owls give up 117.4 rushing yards per contest on 33 carries for a 3.6 average per carry. Temple allows 328.4 total yards per game including 4.9 yards per play. They force 1.8 turnovers per contest and get flagged for 7.5 penalties for 72.7 yards per game.
Houston averages 42 points per game this season on offense. In the passing department, they complete 20.3 passes per game on 30.3 attempts for a 67 percent completion percentage. They are throwing for 259.1 yards through the air per game thus far. The Cougars carry the ball for an average of 240.7 yards per game on 48 attempts for an average of 5 yards per carry. They run 78.3 plays per game and average 6.4 yards per play for an average of 499.8 total yards per game. The Cougars are averaging 24.1 first downs per outing and accumulate 60.3 penalty yards via 6.3 penalties each game.
Houston gives up 263.5 passing yards per outing and 21.1 points per game on the defensive side of the ball. They allow an average of 19.1 completions on 34 attempts per game for a completion percentage of 56.1. The Cougars give up 117.5 rushing yards per game on 35.8 carries for an average of 3.3 yards per carry. Houston allows 381 total yards per game for an average of 5.5 yards per play. They force 2.3 turnovers per contest and 7.3 penalties for 57.9 yards in each contest.
Temple Betting Trends
Temple is 5-7-0 against the over/under so far this season
Temple has an ATS record of 9-3-0 this season
Houston Betting Trends
Houston is 5-6-1 against the over/under so far this season
Houston has an ATS record of 7-5-0 this season
Injuries to Watch
11/30/15 WR John Christopher Undisclosed "?" Saturday vs. Houston U
11/30/15 DB Tavon Young Undisclosed missed last game, probable Saturday vs. Houston U
11/19/15 RB T.J. Simmons Personal has left team
11/05/15 OL Kyle Friend Knee out indefinitely
09/08/15 DL Jullian Taylor Undisclosed out indefinitely
08/24/15 DL Josiah Bronson Ankle out for season
11/29/15 OL Colton Freeman Stinger "?" Saturday vs. Temple
11/29/15 DB Jeremy Winchester MCL "?" Saturday vs. Temple
11/29/15 RB Kenneth Farrow Foot "?" Saturday vs. Temple
11/29/15 QB Kyle Postma Knee "?" Saturday vs. Temple
11/26/15 RB Tyreik Gray Personal has left team
11/09/15 RB Ryan Jackson Collarbone out for season
10/13/15 OL Josh Thomas Ankle out indefinitely
10/12/15 OL Zach Johnson Knee out for season
09/28/15 QB Adam Schulz ACL out for season
09/22/15 OL Ben Dew Foot out for season
Guy's Pick: Take Houston
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