Connecticut vs Temple NCAA Football Picks Against the Spread 11/30/2019
Game: Connecticut Huskies vs Temple Owls
Date: Saturday, November 30, 2019
Location: Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, PA
Odds/Point Spread: Temple -30
Lincoln Financial Field is the site where Anthony Russo and the Temple Owls will play the Connecticut Huskies on Saturday. The odds on this game have Temple as 30-point favorites. The Huskies are 5-6-0 ATS and 4-7-0 when betting on the total. The Owls are 5-6-0 when wagering on the over/under and 7-4-0 against the spread.
In their last game, the Connecticut Huskies played the East Carolina Pirates and lost 31-24. Kevin Mensah led the team on the ground for the game. He had a long run of 20 yards but he wasn't able to rush for a TD on the day. He ran for 75 yards on 20 carries which meant he averaged 3.8 yards per run. Cameron Ross was the receiving yardage leader with a tally of 169 yards on 8 catches. He had an average of 21.1 yards per catch for the game. Taking the lead at quarterback for the Huskies was Jack Zergiotis who went 21/37 with 418 yards passing and tossed 3 touchdowns. He walked away with 2 interceptions during the game. The Huskies ended up running the ball 30 times and totaled 94 yards giving them an average of 3.1 yards per rushing attempt. On the day, the Huskies totaled 20 1st downs and they had 10 infractions for 80 yards which is telling in terms of discipline. In all, they ran 69 plays which added up to 527 yards. On the defensive side of the ball, Connecticut conceded 34 catches on 50 tries totaling 374 yards, and a completion percentage of 68.0%. Overall, they allowed 509 yards and earned 2 turnovers. Against the run, the Huskies conceded 135 yards on 36 runs which is an average of 3.8 yards per rushing attempt allowed.
The Huskies come into this game with a record of 2-9 this year. In terms of scoring, they are one of the worst in the country averaging 19.1 points per contest, putting them 121st in college football. As a team, they are averaging 133.5 rushing yards per contest which is 10th in the American Athletic Conference. For total yardage, they currently sit at 11th in the conference and 109th in college football with 3,812 yards. The Huskies have one of the most lackluster defenses in D-1, allowing 39.7 points per game putting them 12th in the conference. When it comes to yards through the air, the Huskies have conceded 2,342 yards. Opponents are completing 64% of the passes they throw against them and averaging 8.3 yards per try. When it comes to yards on the ground, Connecticut is giving up 220.5 yards per game ranking them 12th in the AAC and 121st in Division 1. They are allowing teams to run for an average of 5.8 yards per rush ranking them 12th in the AAC and 127th in the nation overall. Overall, they have conceded 2,426 rushing yards through 11 games.
In their last contest, the Temple Owls went up against the Cincinnati Bearcats and lost 15-13. Leading the way at QB for the Owls was Anthony Russo who went 24/43 with 228 yards passing and tossed 1 touchdown. He gave away 1 interception during the game. Re'Mahn Davis paced the team in rushing for that game. He had a long run of 14 yards and he notched 1 TD for the game. He rushed for a total of 71 yards on 13 carries which means he ran for an average of 5.5 yards per run. Jadan Blue was the receiving yardage leader with a tally of 120 yards on 13 receptions. He earned an average of 9.2 yards per reception for that game. The Owls ran the football 29 times and totaled 78 yards giving them an average of 2.7 yards per rushing attempt. In the game, the Owls earned a total of 20 first downs and they totaled 6 infractions for 39 yards which is telling of how their week of practice went. On the day, they finished with a total of 74 plays for a total of 310 yards. When discussing the defense, Temple allowed 9 completions on 25 attempts totaling 62 yards, and a completion percentage of 36.0%. For the game, they conceded a total of 210 yards and earned 1 takeaway. In the running game, the Owls allowed 148 yards on 44 runs which gave them an average of 3.4 yards per carry allowed.
The Owls head into this game 7-4. Temple needs to do more to make teams respect their running game by averaging 131.9 yards on the ground per game, which has them at 102nd in college football. As a unit, they have a total of 1,451 rushing yards through 11 games, so they are going to want to make some changes to the ground game if they want to make teams respect them. The Owls average 387 yards per game overall which has them at 81st in the nation and 8th in the conference. The Owls are allowing 24.1 points per contest which puts them at 3rd in the American Athletic Conference and 45th in Division 1. In terms of points given up, they have given up 265 total points. In regard to rushing yards, they are conceding 159.5 yards per game ranking them 68th in Division 1 and 6th in the conference. In 2019, they have conceded 1,755 yards rushing and 16.5 rushing TDs. Their passing defense is one of the middling groups in the nation. They are conceding 209.1 passing yards per game. For passing yards allowed per game, the Owls are ranked 5th in the AAC.
Who will win tonight's Huskies/Owls college football game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Owls -30
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