USF at Temple - 11/5/22 College Football Picks and Prediction

Temple Owls (2-6) vs USF Bulls (1-7)

Game Info: Saturday, November 5, 2022 at 2:00 pm (Lincoln Financial Field)

Betting Odds: Temple Owls +3.5 -- Over/Under: 51.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The South Florida Bulls will head to Philly and take on the Temple Owls from Lincoln Financial Field. Temple and USF have faced off eight times since becoming AAC foes in 2012, with the Bulls holding a 5-3 series lead after winning last years meeting in Tampa, 34-14 

South Florida dropped to 1-7 after falling to Houston in Week 9. USF failed to contain veteran quarterback Clayton Tune, but they hung around for a while, and managed to cover after scoring a late touchdown. South Florida is scoring 25.5 points per game, while passing for 192.9 yards per game (211th), and rushing for 128.5 ypg (102nd). The USF defense allows 27.7 points per game.

Katravis Marsh has replaced Baylor transfer Gerry Bohanon at quarterback, and he looked decent in his first start. The sophomore quarterback protected the football, and passed for 275 yards and a touchdown. Bohanon was on borrowed time, so this may be a step in the right direction for a once respectable USF program.

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Brian Battie has been a difference maker out of the backfield for the Bulls, and he had one of his better outings of the season versus Houston. The sophomore back gained 153 total yards (106 rush, 47 rec), and scored a pair touchdowns, and USF will likely lean on him again here. Battie leads USF in rushing with 599 yards and six touchdowns. Xavier Weaver led the team in receiving in 2021 and he's on-pace to do so again this season, racking up 43 catches for 539 receiving yards with three touchdowns.

Temple fell to 2-6 after falling to Navy in Annapolis in Week 9. The Owls rallied, but managed to lose to a Midshipmen team that failed to complete a pass. It’s rough in Philly, but they might actually have a shot this weekend. Temple is scoring 15.5 points per game, while passing for 379.3 yards per game (3rd), and rushing for 72.8 ypg (280tth). The Temple defense allows 26.1 points per game.

E.J. Warner, son of NFL legend Kurt, has endured his fair share of growing pains as a true freshman this season. Despite passing for a season-high 268 yards, he took four sacks and tossed a pair of interceptions that proved to be costly in the overtime loss to Navy. Warner has thrown for 1,504 passing yards to eight touchdowns to nine interceptions.

The Owls have preferred to take the pass-first approach with Warner, leaving the run game as an afterthought. Edward Saydee rushed for a season-high 69 yards versus Tulsa, and he was productive against Navy, gaining 117 total yards (61 rush, 56 rec). Saydee’s 290 rushing yards are good for a team-lead. Senior wideout Jose Barbon has posted 110 yards or more three times this season, and he leads the Owls in receptions (38) and receiving yards (496).

Two programs with their eyes on next season will come together this weekend for what should be a back-and-forth, low-scoring contest. Both schools are ‘stronger’ defensively then they are on the offensive end. USF has played teams notably close this season, with games Florida and Cincinnati standing out, so they feel trustworthy in this spot. The idea of going winless in FBS play will be a tough pill to swallow this offseason, so let’s bet on them seizing the moment here. 

Take South Florida’s spread for the battle to escape the AAC cellar, and give the under a look with too inexperienced quarterbacks behind center.

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