Temple at Duke Independence Bowl Picks and Predictions 12/27/2018
Thursday, December 27, 2018
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The Duke Blue Devils host the Temple Owls at Independence Stadium on Thursday, December 27, 2018. The opening line for this game has Temple as 3.5 point favorites. The Blue Devils have an over/under record of 6-6-0 and they are 6-6-0 against the spread. The Owls have an ATS record of 8-4-0 while their over/under record is 5-7-0.
Valuable Temple Owls Betting Trends
The Temple Owls are 5-7-0 against the over/under
The Temple Owls are 8-4-0 against the spread
Important Duke Blue Devils Betting Trends
The Duke Blue Devils are 6-6-0 against the over/under
The Duke Blue Devils are 6-6-0 against the spread
Key Temple Owls Injuries
12/02/18 QB Anthony Russo Hand is questionable Thursday vs Duke
12/02/18 OL Matt Hennessy Undisclosed is questionable Thursday vs Duke
12/02/18 WR Randle Jones Undisclosed is questionable Thursday vs Duke
12/02/18 RB Ryquell Armstead Undisclosed injured last game, is probable Thursday vs Duke
10/06/18 K Aaron Boumerhi Hip is out indefinitely
Key Duke Blue Devils Injuries
12/02/18 LB Joe Giles-Harris Knee is questionable Thursday vs Temple
11/21/18 TE Jake Marwede ACL is out for season
11/11/18 DT Ben Frye Knee is out for season
11/11/18 S Dylan Singleton Ankle is out for season
11/11/18 DT Edgar Cerenord Achilles is out for season
10/21/18 T Jaylen Miller Leg is out for season
10/07/18 RB Marvin Hubbard III ACL is out for season
09/09/18 CB Mark Gilbert Hip is out for season
Useful Offensive Statistics
The Temple Owls have run for 1,999 yards as a team, which ranks 67th in college football. They've run 460 times, averaging 4.4 yards per carry as a rushing unit. The Owls have been penalized on offense 92 times for 876 yards so far this season, which has them 23rd in the country in penalties. They are 27th in the nation in points scored with 427. They have run 856 plays this season for 5,068 yards, which ranks them 42nd in Division 1 in total offense. The Owls average 5.9 yards per play, which is 56th in college football. As a team they have accumulated a total of 256 1st downs this year, placing them 63rd overall as an offensive unit. Frank Nutile averages 7.8 yards per pass attempt and 5.9 adjusted yards per throw. He has completed 42 passes on 75 attempts for a completion percentage of 56%. His quarterback rating this year is 125.8. He has thrown for 585 yards this season.
The Owls rush defense has allowed 557 attempts for 2,309 yards this year, putting them in 91st place in D-1 against the run. Temple has committed 79 penalties for 638 yards on the defensive side of the ball this season. That ranks them 57th in college football. They are 47th in the nation in points allowed on defense with 296. They have surrendered a total of 4,306 yards on D, which is 37th in the country. The Owls are ranked 8th in yards per play allowed with 4.5. Opposing offenses have completed 209 passes on 394 attempts against the Temple Owls defense this season, placing them 43rd and 83rd in Division 1. The Temple pass defense has also given up a total of 1,996 yards through the air, which is 8th overall in total pass defense.
Special Teams Stats
The Temple Owls have attempted 18 field goals this season and made 12, which is 78th in D-1. Their kickers have a field goal percentage of 67%. Temple Owls kickers have made 98% of their extra points, going 53 for 54 this year. Their punters have totaled 2,204 yards on 53 punts, averaging 42 yards per punt. That places them 64th in Division 1 in punting average. Temple is ranked 39th in the nation in punt returns with 22. They've accumulated 287 punt return yards and average 13.7 yards per return, which is 16th in college football. They have returned 41 kicks for 913 yards on special teams, ranking 9th in kick return yardage. The Owls average 22 yards per kick return and they are 26th in the country in all-purpose yards with 6,268.
Useful Offensive Statistics
The Blue Devils are 79th in the country in points scored with 326. They have run 874 plays this year for 4,711 yards, which ranks them 65th in Division 1 in total offense. The Duke Blue Devils average 5.4 yards per play, which is 91st in the nation. As a team they have accumulated a total of 245 1st downs this season, ranking them 81st overall as an offensive unit. On the ground Duke has run for 1,952 yards as a unit, which ranks 74th in college football. They've run 442 times, averaging 4.4 yards per rush as a unit. Duke has been penalized on offense 50 times for 422 yards so far this year, which has them 123rd in the country in penalties. Daniel Jones has passed for 2,251 yards this year. He's completed 207 throws while attempting 351 passes for a completion percentage of 59%. His quarterback rating this season is 124.8. He averages 6.5 adjusted yards per throw and 6.4 yards per pass attempt.
Duke is 67th in the country in points surrendered on defense with 329. They have given up a total of 5,033 yards on D, which is 79th in D-1. The Blue Devils are 63rd in yards per play allowed with 5.7. Opponent offenses have completed 204 throws on 371 attempts against the Duke defense this season, ranking them 34th and 60th in the nation. The Duke Blue Devils pass defense has also surrendered a total of 2,365 yards in the air, which is 30th overall in total pass defense. Their rushing defense has given up 517 attempts for 2,668 yards this season, putting them in 114th place in the country against the run. The Blue Devils have had 67 penalties for 652 yards on defense this year. That places them 61st in college football.
Special Teams Stats
Duke is 21st in the country in punt returns with 25. They've totaled 131 punt return yards and average 5.2 yards per return, which is 110th in D-1. They have returned 34 kicks for 652 yards on special teams, which puts them 49th in kick return yardage. The Duke Blue Devils average 19 yards per kick return and they are 77th in the nation in all-purpose yards with 5,494. The Blue Devils have tried 13 field goals this year and made 10, which is 98th in college football. Their kickers have a field goal percentage of 69%. Duke kickers have made 95% of their extra points, going 41 for 43 this season. Their punters have accumulated 2,743 yards on 68 punts, averaging 40 yards per punt. That ranks them 84th in the NCAA in punting average.
Who will win tonight's Owls/Blue Devils college football game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Blue Devils +3.5
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