Thursday, October 6, 2016
Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium
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The Temple Owls take on the Memphis Tigers on Thursday, October 6, 2016 at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium. The opening line for this game has Memphis as 6.5 point favorites. This season the Owls are 4-1-0 against the spread and their over/under record is 3-2-0. The Tigers have an over/under record of 2-2-0 and they are 2-2-0 against the spread.
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P.J. Walker finished with 124 yards through the air for Temple last week. He completed 7 passes out of 18 attempts for a 39% completion percentage. The Owls were led in rushing by Ryquell Armstead, who finished with 159 yards on 15 rushes. He ended the contest with an average of 11 yards per carry. Ventell Bryant was the team leader in receiving with a total of 43 yards and 2 receptions. He finished the game with an average of 22 yards per reception. As a team in that game Temple got a total of 17 first downs. Of those first downs, 11 came on the ground while 5 came through the air. They ran 63 total plays for 368 yards for the game. The Owls ran for 244 yards on 45 attempts.
Riley Ferguson finished with 343 yards passing for Memphis last week. He went 30 for 46, resulting in a 65% completion percentage. The Tigers were led on the ground by Doroland Dorceus, who finished with 72 yards on 14 carries. He ended the game with an average of 5 yards per rush. Anthony Miller led the team in receiving with 132 yards and 10 catches. He finished the game with an average of 13 yards per reception. Memphis had 27 first downs total. 7 came from running the ball and 16 came from a pass. They ran 78 total plays for 474 yards for the contest. The Tigers ran for 119 yards on 31 carries as a team.
Temple scores 34.2 points per game on offense this season, which ranks 51st in Division 1. In the passing department, they average 14.4 passes on 27 attempts for a 53.3 percent completion percentage this season. They throw for a total of 199.8 yards per game through the air as well, which ranks them 92nd in college football. The Owls run for an average of 150.4 yards per game on 34.8 attempts for an average of 4.3 yards per carry. That ranks them 87th in the nation. They also run 61.8 plays per contest and average 5.7 yards per play for an average of 350.2 yards per game, ranking their offense 106th overall this season. The Owls average 17.2 first downs per game which ranks them 113th in the country. They accumulate 45.8 penalty yards per game via 5.6 penalties, which ranks 100th in the nation.
Temple allows 156.6 passing yards per game, ranking 13th in D-1, and they allow 20.4 points per contest on defense, which ranks 34th. They give up 13.4 completions on 27 attempts per game for a completion percentage of 49.6. The Owls allow 162.8 rushing yards per game on 42.4 carries for an average of 3.8 yards per carry, which ranks their rush defense 71st in the country. Temple allows 319.4 total yards per game including 4.6 yards per play, which ranks their overall defense 20th in terms of yards per game. They force 2.4 turnovers per contest and get flagged for 6 penalties for 46.4 yards per game, ranking them 33rd among D-1 teams.
Memphis averages 45.8 points per game this season on offense, which ranks them 5th in the country. In the passing department, they complete 23.8 passes per game on 36 attempts for a 66 percent completion percentage. They throw for 308.5 yards through the air per game, ranking them 20th in Division 1. The Tigers run for an average of 168.8 yards per game on 39 attempts for an average of 4.3 yards per carry this season, which ranks them 72nd on the ground. They also run 75 plays per game and average 6.4 yards per play for a total of 477.3 yards per game, ranking them 33rd in the country on offense. The Tigers get an average of 24.5 first downs per game, which ranks 30th in the nation. They average 66.5 penalty yards per game via 7 penalties, ranking them 29th in college football.
Memphis allows an average of 225 passing yards yards per game, which ranks 63rd in Division 1. Their defense overall allows 18.8 points per contest, which has them ranked 25th in the nation. They give up 24.8 completions on 41.8 attempts for a completion percentage of 59.3 per game. The Tigers allow 146.3 rushing yards per contest on 33 carries for a 4.4 average per rush, ranking their overall rush defense 54th in the country. Memphis allows 371.3 total yards per game for an average of 5 yards per play, which ranks 48th in D-1. They force 3 turnovers per contest and 6.5 penalties for 61.3 yards in each contest, ranking 91st in the nation.
Temple Betting Trends
Temple is 3-2-0 against the over/under this season
Temple has an ATS record of 4-1-0 this season
Memphis Betting Trends
Memphis is 2-2-0 against the over/under this season
Memphis has an ATS record of 2-2-0 this season
Injuries to Watch
10/02/16 LB Avery Williams Ankle "?" Thursday vs. Memphis
10/02/16 DL Jullian Taylor Undisclosed "?" Thursday vs. Memphis
10/02/16 DB Sean Chandler Knee "?" Thursday vs. Memphis
09/13/16 DB Kareem Ali Arm expected to miss 2-4 weeks
09/11/16 WR Ventell Bryant Undisclosed out indefinitely
08/22/16 LB Stephaun Marshall Hamstring out indefinitely
09/22/16 LB Jackson Dillon Knee out for season
09/12/16 WR Hunter Hill Knee out indefinitely
09/12/16 WR Mechane Slade Leg out indefinitely
08/30/16 QB Brady Davis Knee out for season
Tony's Pick: Take Memphis
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