It’s a classic matchup of great offense versus great defense when the 17th-ranked Houston Cougars and 20th-ranked Temple Owls square off in the inaugural American Athletic Conference championship game on Saturday.
The college football week 14 American Athletic Conference betting spread favors Houston by one touchdown to beat Temple. Can the defensive-minded Owls pull off an upset over the offensively-explosive Cougars when the two New Year’s Day Bowl Game Six hopefuls square off at TDECU Stadium. Now, let’s find out which one of these teams will bring home the bacon!
A Closer Look At The Temple Owls Vs Houston Cougars College Football American Athletic Conference Championship Betting Spread, My ATS Pick & Betting Advice
What: No. 20 Temple Owls (10-2) at No . 17 Houston Cougars (11-1)
When: Saturday, December 5, 2015
Kickoff: 12:00 PM ET
Where: Houston, TX
Stadium: TDECU Stadium
Weather: 65° F | Scattered Clouds
Spread: Houston 7
Moneyline: Temple +200 vs Houston -250
Game Total: 57
Stream: Wacth ESPN
Listen: Temple vs Houston
Bet The Temple Owls at +7 Because…
The Temple Owls (10-2 SU, 9-3 ATS) have a stupendous defense ad one of the nation’s most elusive running backs, even if he isn’t quite the household name that some other elite runners are!
Temple clinched the AAC East division title by taking out Connecticut 27-3 on Saturday night to cash in as a 12-point home favorite as running back Jahad Thomas rushed 119 yards and to scores on 20 carries.
Quarterback P.J. Walker completed 19 of 29 passes for 160 yards and one touchdown and the Owls’ defense limited the Huskies to a mind-boggling nine rushing yards and just 129 passing yards.
The win marked just the second time the Owls have reached double digits in wins. The Huskies’ only points came on a field goal with just under six minutes left in the game.
Temple is ranked 51st in scoring (32.2 ppg) and a stellar 16th in point allowed (18.8 ppg). Jahad Thomas has 17 rushing touchdowns this season and is averaging 99.0 rushing yards per game. Temple has forced 22 turnovers and is plus-six in the turnover department.
Bet The Houston Cougars at -7 Because…
There’s no other way to say it…the Houston Cougars (11-1 SU, 7-5 ATS) have one of the most explosive offenses in the country!
Houston captured the AAC West division by rolling all over Navy 52-31 on Friday to easily cover the spread as a 1-point home underdog after losing their only game of the season against UConn one week
Quarterback Greg Ward Jr. completed 26 of 35 passes for 308 yards and three touchdowns while adding 83 rushing yards and another score on 19 carries to lead the Cougars to victory. The Cougars limited the Midshipmen to just 4-for-11 success on third downs and held their powerful rushing attack to jus 147 yards.
Ward Jr. has thrown 16 touchdown passes this season and just five interceptions while adding a whopping 17 rushing scores. The Cougars are ranked a stupendous eighth in scoring (42.0 ppg) and equally impressive 22nd in points allowed (21.1 ppg).
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction
Just 37 percent of the betting public likes Temple to cover the spread as virtual touchdown road dogs, but I’m among that group, mostly because I believe the Owls’ underrated defense will find a way to keep the final score closer than the oddsmakers believe.
The Owls are 5-1 ATS in their last six games against a team with a winning record, an identical 5-1 ATS in their last six games overall and an encouraging 5-2 ATS in their last seven road games.
The Cougars are 5-0 ATS in their last five games after scoring more than 40 points in their previous game, but just 0-3-1 ATS in their last four games in the month of December.
I like the Owls to cover the spread after giving up just 15 total points over their last two games.