Memphis at Temple: 10/2/21 College Football Picks and Predictions

Memphis at Temple: 10/2/21 College Football Picks and Predictions Photo by Joe Rondone/The Commercial Appeal via Imagn Content Services, LLC

Temple Owls (2-2) vs Memphis Tigers (3-1)

Game Info: Saturday, October 2, 2021 at 12:00 pm (Lincoln Financial Field)

Betting Odds: Temple Owls +11 -- Over/Under: 60 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Memphis Tigers and Temple Owls face off on Saturday in a Week 5 college football showdown at Lincoln Financial Field. When these two teams faced off in 2020, Memphis won 41-29. 

The Memphis Tigers sit with a 3-1 record but their loss was a bit of a shocking one against UTSA in the last game. Memphis looked like they were on their way to an easy victory until they were outscored 17-0 in the 4th quarter, and lost by three points. Memphis is averaging 39 points per game while their defense is giving up 31.7 points. Under center for Memphis is Seth Henigan who has thrown for 1,170 yards, nine touchdowns, and one interception. Running back Brandon Thomas has also had a strong season on the ground rushing for 494 yards and four touchdowns. 

On the other side of this matchup is the Temple Owls who have a 2-2 record but their two losses were ugly. In the first game, Temple lost to Rutgers 61-14 and in Game 3 against Boston College, they lost 28-3. In the last game against Wagner, the defense was finally good, giving up only seven points, and that led to the blowout win. Temple is averaging 25.7 points while their defense is giving up 30 points. Under center for Temple is D’wan Mathis on the season he has thrown for 440 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception. There are three different players who have rushed for 100 yards. 

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Memphis is 1-6 against the spread in their last seven road games. Temple is 1-4 against the spread in their last five games. The underdog is 6-0 against the spread in the last six meetings played between the two teams. The under is 4-1 in the Tigers last five road games. The over is 4-1 in Temple’s last five home games. 

The Tigers are the better team, but this has been a series that has been dominated by the underdog. The Tigers have taken their foot off the gas too many times this season and it’s going to be a problem again in this game. Look for Memphis to come away with a win, but Temple will cover the spread. 

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