The unheralded Temple Owls will look to put all of college football on notice when they host the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in a huge Week 9 matchup of potential four-team playoff programs.
College football week 9 spread has the Notre Dame Fighting Irish as 10-point favorites to beat the Temple Owls. Now, let’s find out if the Irish can take down a blossoming Temple Owls team that is in the national Top 20 for the first time in nearly four decades and cover the spread as double-digit road faves!
A Closer Look At The No. 9 Notre Dame Fighting Irish at No. 21 Temple Owls Spread, Pick & Betting Preview
What: No. 9 Notre Dame Fighting Irish (6-1) at No. 21 Temple Owls (7-0)
When: Saturday, October 31, 2015
Kickoff: 8:00 PM ET
Where: Philadelphia, PA
Stadium: Lincoln Financial Field
Weather: 58° F | Scattered Clouds
Spread: Notre Dame -10
Moneyline: Notre Dame -350 vs Temple +290
Game Total: 51
Stream: Watch ESPN
Listen: Notre Dame vs Temple
Bet The Notre Dame Fighting Irish at -10 Because…
The Owls are 10th in defense, but 89th in offense. And four of Temple’s wins have come over teams that have two wins or fewer.
The Fighting Irish blew an 14-point first half lead against USC two weeks ago, but managed to hold on and record a 41-31 win over the Trojans as a 6-point home favorite.
Quarterback DeShone Kizer tossed a go-ahead TD pass with just over nine minutes remaining in regulation and Justin Yoon put the game away with a 32-yard field goal with just over five minutes left to play.
Kizer passed for 227 yards and two touchdowns in the win while running back C.J. Prosise rushed for 143 yards and two scores on 19 carries. Wide receiver Will Fuller added three catches for 131 yards and one touchdown that came on a 75-yard strike in the first quarter. Kizer completed passes to six different receivers in the win.
“[The Owls] just have a really solid football team,” Irish head coach Brian Kelly said. “Again, one deserving of where they are, a Top 25 football team. It will be a great challenge for our football team, going on the road, and one that we’ll have to play very well.”
Bet the Temple Owls at +10 Because…
Head-coach Matt Rhule will be out for revennge after his first game as Temple coach was a 28-6 loss at Notre Dame to open 2013.
The Temple Owls (7-0 SU, 5-2 ATS) moved to 7-0 by shutting down East Carolina in its 24-14 Week 8 win as a 3-point road dog as quarterback P.J. Walker completed 19 of 35 passes for 250 yards and one touchdown while running back Jahad Thomas rushed for 66 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries.
"Obviously we’re excited about this week, as I know everybody is," Owls head coach Matt Rhule said. "A tremendous opportunity to play a great team in Notre Dame, a team we had a chance to play two years ago. They’re probably still a national title contender even though they lost one game by a point or two points. They’re loaded, they’re absolutely fantastic."
The gifted, but little known Thomas has rushed for 822 yards and 12 touchdowns while adding another 204 yards in receptions and one score on 18 receptions. Thomas has two 190-yard rushing games this season. More importantly, the Owls have an elite defense that ranks sixth against the run and eighth in points allowed (14.6 ppg).
"They have a really good offensive line, really solid up front, they have a really strong tailback and our defense is going to match up well against them," Temple defensive lineman Matt Ioannidis said. "We’re excited to play."
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction
I’m going to get right to the point by saying that I like the Temple Owls to not only cover the spread against the Fighting Irish, but to do so by recording the outright home win.
I love Temple’s defense and I expect the versatile Thomas to open a lot of eyes by using his outstanding elusiveness to gash the Irish run defense. The Owls have recorded 12 interceptions this season to rank fifth in the nation.
Notre Dame’s DeShone Kizer has thrown an interception in four of his last five games and I expect the Owls to force him into at least one costly turnover in this contest.
The Fighting Irish are 4-0 ATS in their last four games following an S.U. win and 5-0 ATS in their last fie games overall, but the Owls have been covering the spread consistently as well. The Owls are 9-2 ATS in their last 11 games against Independent teams and 6-2 ATS in their last eight games overall.Temple is also 8-3 ATS in their L/11 games against a team with a winning record and 5-2 ATS in their L/7 home games versus a team with a winning road record.
The betting public is split right down the middle on this Week 9 affair, but I’m going with the big upset for the unheralded Temple Owls.