The Toledo Rockets and 24th-ranked Temple Owls both had impressive breakout campaigns this season and will look to cap of their respective seasons with a big, bowl game victory when they square off in their 2015 Marmot Boca Raton Bowl matchup on Monday, November 22nd.
The college football bowl game betting spread favors Temple by a single point to beat Toledo and win the Marmot Boca Raton Bowl. With two, virtually dead-even teams set to go at it, let’s get started.
A Closer Look At The Temple Owls V Toledo Rockets Marmot Boca Raton Bowl Spread & My ATS Pick
Marmot Boca Raton Bowl
What: Temple Owls (10-3) at Toledo Rockets (9-2)
When: Tuesday, December 22, 2015
Kickoff: 7:00 PM ET
Where: Boca Raton, FL
Stadium: FAU Football Stadium
Spread: Temple -1
Moneyline: Toledo +105 vs Temple -125
Game Total: 51
Stream: Watch ESPN
Listen: Temple vs Toledo
Bet The Toledo Rockets at +1 In The Marmot Boca Raton Bowl Because…
The Rockets (9-2 SU, 8-2 ATS) won their first seven games of the season but dropped two of their final four games to finish at 9-2.
Now, Toledo looks to cap off their 2015 season with a ‘W’ but they’ll have to do so with head coach Matt Campbell leaving to take the job at Iowa State. Now, former offensive coordinator Jason Candle will try to lead the Rockets to victory.
"I have a chance to be the head football coach at a place that I love, and to be around the team that I love and the guys that I fought with and bled with for seven years here," said Candle, who likely would have been named offensive coordinator at Iowa State as part of Campbell’s staff. "It’s a no-brainer. It’s an easy decision.”
The Rockets are led by their stupendous running back combination of Kareem Hunt (894 yards) and Terry Swanson (870 yards). Both backs have a chance to reach the 1,000-yard mark in this contest.
Defensively, Toledo has limited their opponents to just 21.1 points per game to rank 24th in the nation.
“Both teams pay attention to running the ball,” Candle told reporters of both teams. “To win and play well in November and December, you’ve got to be able to run the ball and stop the run, and I think both teams do a good job of that.”
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Bet The Temple Owls at -1 In The Marmot Boca Raton Bowl Because…
The Owls (10-3 SU, 9-4 ATS) also won their first seven games of the season before going struggling to a 3-3 finish over their final six games. The good news is that two of Temple’s losses came against Top 20 in Notre Dame and Houston as the Owls narrowly missed out on what once looked like a sure-fire New Year’s Bowl Six appearance.
Nevertheless, head coach Vern Rhule has the Owls program on the rise and earned a six-year contract extension for the transformation he’s had his program under the last three seasons.
"Hopefully our legacy will be that we can win 11 games," center Kyle Friend told reporters. "That has never been done before here."
Quarterback P.J. Walker has completed 57.0 percent of his passes this season with 19 touchdowns and just seven interceptions and simply doesn’t make very many costly mistakes. Elusive running back Jahad Tomas (1,257 yards, 18 TD’s) is the player that makes the Owls’ offense (30.8 ppg, 52nd) go with his ability to run the ball and catch passes out of the backfield.
Defensively, the Owls limit their opponents to an average of just 19.2 points per game to rank a stellar 16th in the country. Temple also have one of the very best players in the country in linebacker Tyler Matakevich, the 2015 winner of the Bronko Nagurski Award as the nation’s top defensive player.
"I’m not the biggest, I’m the not fastest, but I push myself to prepare off the field, so when I step on the field, I can do things faster than other people. I can narrow down what plays teams might run just by the formations. I think that is a tribute to the coaches’ putting me in the right situations."
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction
I was really high on temple all season long and the Owl are my pick to win and cash in, although I will say that I certainly don’t expect Toledo to go down quietly.
Temple has the superior defense in this matchup and the best defensive player on the field in Tyler Matakevich. Temple running back Jahad Thomas is one of the most underrated players in the country and quarterback P.J. Walker is as rock-steady as they come, particularly when it comes to protecting the ball.
While Toledo has gone 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 non-conference games and a blistering 11-2-2 ATS in their last 15 games overall, the Rockets are also just 1-3-1 ATS in their last five games in the month of December and an even more telling 1-4-1 ATS in their last six games following a straight-up loss.
With the Temple Owls going 4-0 ATS in their last four games following an ATS loss, an incendiary 11-4 ATS in their last 15 games following a straight-up loss and 10-4 ATS in their last 14 games overall, I say the Owls get the outright win and accompanying ATS cover.