Boston College Eagles vs Temple Owls Prediction, Odds and Preview - 09/18/2021

by Amedeus Mastrangelo

Game Time: 12:00  pm ET, Saturday, September 18, 2021
Venue:  Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, PA
Where to Watch:  ESPNU


Opening Odds at USA Sportsbooks

DraftKings:  Point Spread:  Eagles -16, Owls +16; Over/Under:  58.5 points
Bet365:  Point Spread:  Eagles -16, Owls +16; Over/Under:  58 points
BetMGM:  Point Spread:  Eagles -16, Owls +16; Over/Under:  58.5 points

Season Record

Boston College Eagles:  2-0 (1st place, ACC Atlantic)
Temple Owls:  1-1 (7th place, AAC)
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Boston College Eagles vs Temple Owls Preview and Analysis

Recent Form
Boston College Eagles:  won 2
Temple Owls:  won 1

Offensive Analysis

This season the Boston College Eagles are averaging a 72.9% completion percentage, 284 passing yards, and 2 touchdowns per game through the air. They also averaged 216 rushing yards and 3 touchdowns per game on the ground. The Temple Owls were averaging a 54% completion percentage, 196.5 passing yards, and 1 touchdown per game through the air. They also averaged 145 rushing yards and 2 touchdowns per game on the ground.

Defensive Analysis

This season the Boston College Eagles are allowing teams a 50% completion percentage, 149 passing yards, and 1.5 touchdowns per game through the air. They also allow 113 rushing yards and 0.5 touchdowns per game on the ground. The Temple Owls are allowing teams a 55.6% completion percentage, 168 passing yards, and 1.5 touchdowns per game through the air. They also allowed 195.5 rushing yards and 3.5 touchdowns per game on the ground.


Eagles vs Owls Prediction

Boston College is coming into this college football game with a 2-0 record this season. This will be their 3rd non-conference game in a row after beating Colgate in week 1 and UMass in their last game. They won their last game by a final score of 45-28. Dennis Grosel played pretty well completing 11/14 passes for 199 yards and 1 touchdown. Pat Garwo III led the team in rushing with 160 yards but did not find the end zone despite having such a great day. Alec Sinkfield, Travis Levy, and Dennis Grosel all found the end zone on the ground in that game. Trae Barry led the team in receiving with 98 yards and 1 touchdown on 5 receptions. Isaiah Graham-Mobley led the defense with 3 solo tackles and 4 assisted ones. No one on the defense recorded a sack in that game but Brandon Sebastian and Josh DeBerry both came away with an interception each in the game. In their 2 games this season, Boston College's offense has been averaging 500 YPG. They have also scored over 45 points in each of their games so far so they have had no trouble moving the ball or finding the end zone this season.

Temple are coming into this matchup with a 1-1 record overall and have yet to play any conference games. This will be another non-conference game after losing to Rutgers in their first game, they bounced back last week with a win over Akron. They beat Akron 45-24 in that game. Justin Lynch played a good game completing 19/23 passes for 245 yards and 2 touchdowns. The run game did not contribute a whole lot though with Tayvon Ruley leading the team with 62 rushing yards on 6 carries. Randle Jones had a big day on the receiving end with 170 yards and 2 touchdowns, no one else really did much out of the other receivers. George Reid led the defense with 6 solo tackles and 4 assisted ones. William Kwenkeu had 2 sacks in that game while Will Rodgers III also got to the quarterback and Manny Walker came away with the only interception for his team in that one. Temple's offense has been averaging 341.5 YPG in their 2 games so far and have leaned more on the passing game than on the run game. They have scored 59 total points this year but 45 of those came against a very weak Akron side.

Temple looked much better in their last game but has not played the toughest competition. Boston College has looked great in their 2 games, especially on offense, but they have not played any tough competition either. Both of these teams play better on the offensive side of the ball than the defensive side so there should be lots of scoring in this one. A bet on the over may just be worth a wager between these two sides.

Eagles Owls Prediction:  Our NCAAF Pick for Saturday, September 18, 2021 (12:00 pm ET start time) is Eagles 42 Owls 27.
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NCAAF Betting Trends

Boston College Eagles: 7-4 ATS when the total is between 56.5 and 63. 4-1 ATS after playing a game where 70 total points or more were scored.
Temple Owls: 0-4 ATS when the total is between 56.5 and 63. 4-6 ATS after 1 or more consecutive wins against the spread.

Key Injuries

Boston College Eagles:  J. Gill (WR) Ques Sat - Foot injury. Z. Flowers (WR) Ques Sat - Leg injury. P. Jurkovec (QB) Ques Sat - Undisclosed injury.
Temple Owls:  I. Clement (RB) Ques Sat - Personal. D. Mathis (QB) Ques Sat - Ankle injury. D. Winston (S) Ques Sat - Undisclosed injury.

Players to Watch

Boston College Eagles: Patrick Garwo III is one player to watch in this game. With quarterback Phil Jurkovec being out possibly for the year there will be a lot of stress on him in the running game to make some big runs and take the pressure off of the new QB. Look for him to have a big game and make some monster plays to help his team out here.
Temple Owls: Justin Lynch is one player to watch in this game. He had a good game last week and will be looking to continue that good play into this game against a BC team that will be missing their starting QB. Look for him to take advantage and make some big plays down the field.

Notable Quotes

”They took him for X-rays but I don’t have a clue.” - Jeff Hafley on losing Jurkovec in the game against UMass.
“They executed at a higher level. We dug ourselves out.” - Rod Carey on his team coming away with the win over Akron.

Starting Lineups

Boston College Eagles
WR Lewis, CJ 
WR Flowers, Zay 
WR Gill, Jaelen 
TE Luchetti, Joey 
QB Jurkovec, Phil 
RB Garwo III, Pat 
Temple Owls
WR Blue, Jadan 
WR Jones, Randle 
WR Barbon, Jose 
TE Pittman, Darius 
QB Lynch, Justin 
RB Saydee, Edward 

Statistical Leaders

Boston College Eagles
Passing: P. Jurkovec (325)
Rushing: P. Garwo III (189)
Receiving: Z. Flowers (203)
Touchdowns: T. Levy (2)
Sacks: S. Sillah (1)
Tackles: S. Sillah (9)
Temple Owls
Passing: J. Lynch (245)
Rushing: E. Saydee (81)
Receiving: R. Jones (208)
Touchdowns: R. Jones (2)
Sacks: W. Kwenkeu (2)
Tackles: A. Tyler (10)
Boston College Eagles: Jeff Hafley (2nd season)
Temple Owls: Rod Carey (3rd season)

Weather Forecast

80 degrees F partly cloudy, 71% humidity, 0% chance of rain, up to 8 mph wind speeds N.

Amedeus Mastrangelo

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Amedeus Mastrangelo has been heavily wagering on all sports for years and plays just about everything, including sides, totals, favorites, underdogs, against the spread, alternative spreads, first half, second half, player props, and futures. The bottom line is, if Mastrangelo can see an edge in any way shape or form, then he's going to take advantage.

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