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How To Bet The Temple Owls Vs SMU Mustangs Spread

Temple was so close to upsetting Notre Dame. Unfortunately, the win just wasn’t in the cards for the Owls. But, since Temple played so well against Notre Dame in their 20 to 24 loss the Owls dropped only two spots in the rankings to #23 after being ranked #21 before the Notre Dame game. Temple has to make sure to not fall on their faces against SMU this Friday night.

A Closer Look At How To Bet The No. 23 Temple Owls Vs SMU Mustangs Spread

What: No. 23 Temple Owls (7-1) at SMU Mustangs (1-7)
When: Friday, November 6, 2015
Kickoff: 8:00 PM ET 
Where: Dallas, TX
Stadium: Gerald J. Ford Stadium
Weather: 70° F | Heavy Rain Early
Spread: Temple -14
Moneyline: Temple -625 vs SMU +425
Game Total: 54.5
Watch: ESPN 2
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Why Bet On #23 Temple (-12) to Beat SMU

A win over Notre Dame would have been huge, but Temple proved worthy in a 24-20 loss.

Temple’s defense has been one of the most impressive units this season in all of college football. Although Notre Dame put 24 points on the board, Temple’s D forced 2 interceptions from Irish QB DeShone Kizer.

Temple’s bend but don’t break defense does very well. On average, the Owls allow only 339.5 yards per game on defense. Opponent’s average only 15.8 points per game against the Owls. Temple is all about causing turnovers. They let teams move the football but they often get fumbles or interceptions and if they don’t do that, they buckle down in the red zone and force field goals.

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Why Bet on SMU to Beat #23 Temple (-12)

The Owls still have their tough loss to the Irish in their heads.

SMU is a mess of a program. The Mustangs have lost 5 games in a row straight up. Since going 3 and 0 against the spread in their first 3 games, SMU has since gone 1 and 4 against the spread in their last 5 games.

SMU’s offense averages a respectable 414.2 yards and 28 points per game. The problem is with SMU’s defense, which allows a gargantuan 524.4 yards and a depressing 43.8 points per matchup. SMU’s only chance to beat Temple is if the Owls don’t bounce back from their loss to Notre Dame.

That’s not going to happen. Temple is a tough team mentally. The Owls beat East Carolina and Cincinnati on the road this season. Temple will roll. My final score prediction is Temple 42, SMU 10.