Temple at Duke: 9/2/22 College Football Picks and Prediction

Duke Blue Devils (0-0) vs Temple Owls (0-0)

Game Info: Friday, September 2, 2022 at 7:30 pm (Brooks Field at Wallace Wade Stadium)

Betting Odds: Duke Blue Devils -6.5 -- Over/Under: 54 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Duke Blue Devils will host the Temple Owls 49ers on Friday Night from Wallace Wade Stadium in this season opening matchup from Durham, NC. The weather is expected to be 83 degrees and partly cloudy. Duke won the only meeting between the two teams in 2018.

Temple lost their last seven games of the season. Stan Drayton will get things going as he begins as the Head Coach for this team. they were 125th in total offense last season and scored 14 points or fewer in nine of their 12 games, including the last seven. The Temple Owls got Darvon Hubbard from Texas A&M and Jakari Norwood from Illinois. former Georgia quarterback D’Wan Mathis will be the guy to lead the offense. 

Last season, D'Wan Mathis completed 59.5 percent of his passes for 1,223 yards, six touchdowns, and four interceptions.

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Edward Saydee led the team with 321 rushing yards and three touchdowns, while Randle Jones led the team with 476 receiving yards and three touchdowns.

Mike Elko is also in his first year on the job. Last season the Duke Blue Devils struggled on defense, allowing 518 yards and 40 points per game.

The Duke Blue Devils offense was not terrible last season, averaging 418 yards per game. The Duke Blue Devils averaged 22.8 points per game last season. They threw for 237.9 yards and rushed for 180.3 yards per game. Riley Leonard, who completed 59.7 percent of his passes for 381 yards, one touchdown, and one interception, will be the team’s starter this season.

Mataeo Durant led the team with 1,241 rushing yards and nine touchdowns Duke lost their final eight games of the year.

On the line, Gary Smith comes in from UCLA with a lot of size and talent. He will join DeWayne Carter in what should be the strength of this defense.

The Owls are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 vs. ACC and are 5-16 ATS in their last 21 games overall. The Owls are also 1-4 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games. The Blue Devils are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 vs. AAC and are 38-15-1 ATS in their last 54 non-conference games. The Blue Devils also are 14-6 ATS in their last 20 games in September. The Temple Owls should fall hard in this one as Duke comes out refreshed this season.

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Clayton’s Pick Duke -6.5

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