Temple Owls vs Rutgers Scarlet Knights Prediction, 9/2/2021 College Football Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Temple Owls vs Rutgers Scarlet Knights
Date: Thursday, September 2, 2021
Location: SHI Stadium in Piscataway, NJ
Odds/Point Spread: Scarlet Knights (-14)
The Temple Owls (1-6 last year) are headed to SHI Stadium on Thursday where they will take on the Rutgers Scarlet Knights (3-6 last season). Rutgers opens this game as 14-point favorites. The over/under is set at 49.
The Temple Owls wrapped up their year holding a 1-6 record. In their last game, the Owls played the East Carolina Pirates and took a loss by a final of 28-3. Kamal Gray went 10/21 with 95 yards passing. He had a quarterback rate of 66.6 and ended the contest with 2 picks. Onasis Neely was the best rusher for the Owls with 15 carries for 38 yards (2.5 yds per attempt). For the game, they tallied 69 plays which gave them 235 yds. The Temple Owls ran the football 46 times and accumulated 140 yards, which earned them an average of 3.0 yards per attempt. Against the run, the Owls gave up 265 yards on 40 tries, which calculates to 6.6 yds per run surrendered. Temple surrendered 11 completions on 22 attempts for a total of 182 yards, and a completion percentage of 50.0%.
The Owls attained 2,438 yards in total for the previous season. They turned the football over 14 times. Temple compiled 11 passing touchdowns and 5 rushing touchdowns. Temple accounted for 146 1st downs as a unit, and they were hurt by 38 infractions for 321 yds. As a team they held an average of 140.3 yards in the run game, which ranked them 87th in college football. When talking about putting the ball in the endzone, the Temple Owls averaged 19.9 PPG. Regarding passing yards, the Owls allowed 1,571 yds which had them ranked 50th in Division 1. Over the course of their 7 games played last season, they allowed 224.4 yards per outing via the pass and allowed a completion percentage of 56.4%. They gave up 433.0 yards per game which ranked them 100th in the nation. They conceded 18 touchdowns via the pass as well as 15 touchdowns via the ground game. They gave up an average of 4.8 yards per rush and 208.6 rushing yards per contest throughout last season. For the season, they allowed 1,460 rushing yards through 7 games. The Owls sat in 123rd in the nation regarding team defense, allowing 37.1 points per game.
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The Scarlet Knights ended the year having a 3-6 record. When they last played, the Scarlet Knights walked away with a loss by a score of 28-21 when they played the Nebraska Cornhuskers. Johnny Langan ran the football 9 times for 54 yards, walking away from the game with 6.0 yds per attempt for Rutgers. Artur Sitkowski finished the game with 122 yards on 10/20 through the air while his quarterback rating was 101.2. He didn't toss any interceptions and his average yards per attempt was 6.1. Rutgers gave up 58 run attempts for 365 yds (6.3 yards per rush). The Scarlet Knights pass defense gave up a completion rate of 85.7%, relinquishing 255 yds on 24 out of 28 passing. The Scarlet Knights finished with 252 yds and they ran 52 plays (4.8 yds per play). Rutgers ran the ball for 4.3 yards per carry, finishing with 130 yards on 30 carries.
When looking at how much they scored, the Scarlet Knights had a ranking of 80th in college football with a maintained average of 26.7 PPG. For the previous year, the Scarlet Knights threw for 1,786 passing yards along with averaging 198.4 passing yards per contest, ranking them 96th in D-1. They maintained an average of 139.9 yards per game on the ground and ran for 1,259 yards for the year. The Rutgers Scarlet Knights had an average of 338.3 yards/outing which had them ranked 108th in college football. The Rutgers offense had 545 yards of penalties on 67 violations, which was 33rd in the country in terms of making mistakes. They tossed 9 interceptions while surrendering 5 fumbles and they recorded 171 1st downs. The Scarlet Knights allowed 32.1 PPG, which put them in 96th in the nation. Last season, they conceded 289 total points. Rutgers surrendered a total of 1,855 yards on the ground (206.1 yards/game) as well as 14 touchdowns on the ground last season. They allowed the opposition 21 touchdowns through the air as well as 245.4 yards per outing, which had them in 95th in college football. The Scarlet Knights defense was on the field for 680 plays, which was good for 91st in D-1. Their defense earned 11 fumbles recovered and 8 interceptions in the previous season.
Who will win tonight's Owls/Scarlet Knights college football game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Owls +14
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