Two familiar foes face-off in college football week 1 betting action. In-state rivals Penn State and the Temple Owls begin their 2015 seasons this Saturday, Sept 5th. The game kicks off at 3:30 PM ET from Lincoln Financial. The game will air on ESPN, the Penn State Sports Network and stream on GoPSUSports.com.
The college football oddsmakers have listed the spread at one touchdown with Penn State as the favorite to beat Temple.
This will be the 44th meeting between the Nittany Lions and Owls. Penn State enters the game with a 39-game winning streak versus Temple in the series that dates back to 1943. Last season, Penn State beat Temple by a score of 30-13 at Beaver Stadium. Want to go further back? In 2011 the Nittany Lions traveled to Philadelphia for a 14-10 victory.
Penn State Nittany Lions vs Temple Owls Spread, ATS Pick & TV Info
Penn State Nittany Lions vs Temple Owls
Date: Saturday, September 5, 2015
Start Time: 3:30 PM ET
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Stadium: Lincoln Financial Field
Odds: Penn State -7
Game Total: 41
Radio: Penn State vs Temple
TV Info: ESPN
Stream: Watch ESPN
Okay sports fans, there’s not much sense in beating around the bush when it comes to picking the winning against the spread bet in the Week 1 matchup between Penn State and Temple. Let’s get rolling.
The Temple Owls are (6-6 SU, 6-6 ATS, 4-8 O/U) had a solid 2014 campaign in recording six wins in the second year of head coach Matt Rhule’s tenure one year after winning just two games. The Owls also have a whopping 19 starters returning, giving them hope they can improve on their modest record of a year ago.
Temple has been picked to finish third in the AAC’s East Division in the league’s preseason poll, but they’ll face a stiff test in taking down a Penn State team they haven’t beaten since I rode the bus to school with Albert Einstein nearly five decades ago.
An excited Rhule told KYW Newsradio in Philly, “Well it has been a great camp. I’m really proud of our kids. I think they’ve come in here with a really great work ethic. They’ve had a really strong purpose for what they’re doing. We look like a good football team. They’ve put a lot of work in and I’m excited to just finish camp out and get ready for the first game.”
If you didn’t know it, the Owls were one of the stingiest teams in the nation last season, limiting their opponents to just 17.5 points per game to rank fourth in the nation in points allowed
“I’m really pleased with our defense, so far,” Rhule said. “Especially our front seven. Coming off last year, we were fourth in the nation in scoring defense, so I look to our defense. Our defensive front led by (defensive lineman) Matt Ioannidis, (linebacker) Tyler Matakevich, we’ve got a lot of veteran guys up front.
What the Owls will need is a better season than the one they got from junior quarterback P.J. Walker after watching him regress from his freshman season to 13 touchdowns and 15 interceptions as a sophomore last year.
— Comcast SportsNet (@CSNPhilly) September 2, 2015
Penn State won seven games (7-6 SU) in 2014 in head coach James Franklin’s first season, but I believe the Nittany Lions could be poised for a nine-win season at the very least in 2015, based mostly on the fact that the young Lions will have a full year of experience in Franklin’s system, not to mention the fact that Penn State has an elite quarterback in Christian Hackenberg.
Hackenberg will enter this affair with one thing on his mind…getting back to playing like the sure-fire NFL prospect he looked like in 2013. Of course, the Nittany Lions will have to do a better job of protecting their talented signal-caller, seeing as how Hackenberg was sacked a whopping 44 times last season. If Penn State halfway protects Hackenberg this season, he could very well contend for the Heisman Trophy.
— Penn State Football (@PennStateFball) September 1, 2015
Temple has not beaten Penn State since Oct. 18, 1941 and they won’t beat the Lions in this affair as Hackenberg outshines Temple signal-caller P.J. Walker in a matchup that isn’t even fairing my mind. The Nittany Lions man-handled the Owls 30-13 last season to cash in as an 11-point home favorite and move to 2-0 ATS over the last to meetings and 5-3 ATS over the last eight.
Penn State VS Temple ATS Betting Trends:
Penn State has posted a perfect 6-0 ATS mark in their last half-dozen non-conference games and a robust 8-3 ATS mark in their last 11 games in September.
The Temple Owls on the other hand, are just 4-10 ATS in their last 14games against Big Ten ball-clubs and a pitiful 2-6 ATS in their last eight games in the month of September. Keep it simple people…Penn State wins and cashes in.
I am picking Penn State at -7 to cover the betting spread. Happy Hunting!