Temple at Rutgers Prediction - College Football Picks 9/9/23

Rutgers Scarlet Knights (1-0) vs Temple Owls (1-0)

Game Info: Saturday, September 9, 2023 at 7:30 pm (SHI Stadium)

Betting Odds: Rutgers Scarlet Knights -8.5 -- Over/Under: 46.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Temple Owls will make the 90-minute trip into Jersey to meet the Rutgers Scarlet Knights in non-conference action from SHI Stadium on the Big Ten Network. Rutgers and Temple faced off each year from 1977 to 2004, and the Scarlet Knights hold the all-time series, 22-15, after winning six straight contests, including last year’s matchup by two points.

Temple Owls Preview

Temple enters at 1-0 after beginning the season with a 24-21 win over Akron in Philly. The Owls marched back from an eleven-point deficit with second half heroics, and they’ll look to avenge season’s loss to Rutgers this weekend. The Temple offense gained 353 total yards, passing for 292 yards, while rushing for 61 yards in Week 1.

Temple Player Notes

E.J. Warner, son of Kurt, looked great down the stretch last week, passing for 292 yards and two touchdowns. Warner tossed for over 3,000 yards last season, and he’ll look to get the Owls past their former conference rivals here. 

• Darvon Hubbard led the backfield with 35 rushing yards on ten touches, while senior RB Edward Saydee added 18 yards, and caught a pair of touchdown passes.

• Five Temple receivers caught four passes or more.

• Junior wideout Dante Wright led the Owls in receptions (7) and receiving yards (71).

• The Temple defense held Akron to 3/12 on third downs, and allowed 279 yards of total offense.

 

Rutgers Scarlet Knights Preview

Rutgers comes in at 1-0 after opening the season with a 24-7 home win over Northwestern in conference play.  The Scarlet Knights jumped out to a great start on both sides of the ball, and cruised to a 24-0 lead through the first three quarters. The Rutgers offense totaled 285 yards, gaining 163 yards through the air, while rushing for 122 yards.

Rutgers Player Notes

Gavin Wimsatt managed the contest well, protecting the football, passing for 163 yards and a touchdown, while adding 33 yards and a score.

• Junior back Kyle Monangai gained 69 yards (49 rush, 20 rec) on fifteen touches, while also finding the endzone on the ground.

• Freshman RB Ja’Shon Benjamin added 46 yards on 20 carries in Week 1.

• Senior wideout Isaiah Washington led the wideout core with four catches for 36 yards, while senior tight end Johnny Langan also caught four passes for 27 yards.

• The Rutgers defense held Northwestern to 5/15 on third downs, while only allowing 201 total yards.

Corey’s Free Pick

Greg Schiano’s Rutgers team looked like the Rutgers of old after coming out and dominating both sides of the ball, but they will face a different test with a pass-happy Temple squad. The Owls come in with more talent and way less dysfunction than Northwestern, and their passing game may wind up keeping them in this game. I do believe Rutgers brings this one home, but spot Temple the points for this former Big East battle.

Corey’s Pick Temple +8.5

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