The red-hot Temple Owls will look to dispatch the reeling Wake Forest Demon Deacons when the two teams square off in the 2016 Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman.
The streaking Owls may be parting ways with head coach Matt Rhule, but they’re decisive double-digit favorites against the Deacon Demons. Now let’s find out if Temple can cover the spread when this matchup gets underway on Tuesday, December 27, live from Jack Stephens Field at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Maryland with this contest airing live on ESPN at 3:30 PM ET.
No. 24 Temple Owls Vs Wake Forest Demon Deacons Military Bowl Odds
Military Bowl Presented By Northrop Grumman
Who: No. 24 Temple Owls (10-3) vs Wake Forest Demon Deacons (6-6)
When: Tuesday, December 27, 2016
Start Time: 3:30 PM ET
Where: Annapolis, MD
Stadium: Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium
Spread: Temple -13
Moneyline: Temple -500 vs Wake Forest +400
Game Total: 41
Stream: Watch ESPN
Listen: Temple vs Wake Forest
Why Bet The Temple Owls To Beat The Demon Deacons
Temple has won seven straight games and comes into this contest off a commanding 34-10 blowout win over then No. 25 Navy in their regular season finale as quarterback Phillip Walker passed for 199 yards and two touchdowns in the win.
This season, Temple put up 32.8 points per game to rank a solid 44th nationally in scoring as Walker passed for 2,899 yards with 20 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. Gifted running back Jahad Thomas and backup Ryquell Amsted both rushed for a team-high 918 yards while wide receiver led the team with 43 catches for 744 yards and four scores. Defensively, the Owls limited the opposition to just 17.2 points per game to rank a stupendous ninth nationally in points allowed.
Why Bet The Wake Forest Demon Deacons To Beat The Owls
Wake Forest lost their final three games of the season and five of their last six overall including their season-ending 17-14 loss to Boston College in which quarterback John Wolford completed 16-of-33 passes for 137 yards with two TD passes, but two costly interceptions.
This season, Wake Forest averages just 19.2 points per game to rank a dismal 121st nationally in scoring as Wolford has passed for a modest 1,591 yards with seven touchdowns and nine interceptions.
Running back Matt Coburn has rushed for a team-high 566 yards and one score while wide receiver Cortez Lewis led the team with 32 catches for 415 yards and one score. Defensively, the Demon Deacons gave up 21.8 points per game to rank a respectable 21st nationally in points allowed.
Military Bowl ATS Pick & Final Score Prediction
58 percent of the betting public likes Temple to cover the spread as a double-digit favorite and I’m stunned the percentage isn’t a bit higher to be honest about it.
I know the Owls will be coached by assistant Ed Foley in this affair with Matt Rhule leaving to take the job at Baylor, but the Owls are the better team in all three phases of the game and will handle the reeling Demon Deacons accordingly.
Wake Forest was limited to 14 points or less in each of their final four losses while Temple scored 31 points or more in four of their final five wins.
The Demon Deacons are also dealing with the huge embarrassment that radio announcer and former assistant Tommy Elrod leaked the teams’ game plans to several opposing teams this season and likely want to get this game over with before it even begins.
Wake Forest is 4-1 ATS in their last seven neutral-site games but just 2-5 ATS in their last seven non-conference games
Conversely, Temple has gone 7-0 ATS in their last seven games as a favorite, 5-2 ATS in their last seven non-conference games and a seriously consistent 35-16 ATS in their last 51 games overall.
Even without their beloved head coach, the Temple Owls are the easy pick to win and cover the college football betting line!