Game Time: 12:00 pm ET, Saturday, November 13, 2021
Venue: Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, PA
Where to Watch: ESPN+
Opening Odds at USA Sportsbooks
DraftKings: Point Spread: Houston -25, Temple +25; Over/Under: 54.5 points
Bet365: Point Spread: Houston -24.5, Temple +24.5; Over/Under: 55 points
BetMGM: Point Spread: Houston -24.5, Temple +24.5; Over/Under: 55.5 points
Houston Cougars: 8-1 (1st place, AAC)
Temple Owls: 3-6 (10th place, AAC)
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Houston Cougars vs Temple Owls Preview and Analysis
Houston Cougars: won on the road on Nov. 6 against the South Florida Bulls 54-42.
Temple Owls: lost on the road on Nov. 6 against the East Carolina Pirates 45-3.
Houston Cougars Analysis
Houston is coming into this college football game with an 8-1 record overall and they are 4-0 in their road games this season where they will be in this game. This will be their 7th conference matchup of the year and they are currently leading the way with a 6-0 record in their conference games this season. They only have 1 loss all season and they have gone on an 8 game winning streak since then. Clayton Tune played great in their last game as he completed 21/26 passes for 385 yards and 3 TDs. Ta’Zhawn Henry had a very nice day on the ground as he led the team in rushing with 130 yards and 1 touchdown on 10 carries while Alton McCaskill was right behind him with 125 yards and 3 touchdowns on 22 carries. Nathaniel Dell had a very nice day as he led the receivers with 164 yards and 1 touchdown on 8 receptions while KeSEan Carter also had a great day with 123 yards on 6 receptions. Jake Herslow and Jeremy Singleton both caught the other touchdown passes with 1 each in what was a great day for the receiving corps. Logan Hall led the defense in that game with 5 solo tackles and 1 assisted one. No one on the defense recorded a sack in that game while Marcus Jones came away with the only interception for them in that one. They have scored 352 points in their 9 games this season averaging 39.1 PPG and they have allowed their opponents to score 200 points against them allowing 22.2 PPG. Their offense is averaging 409 YPG while their defense is allowing 300.7 YPG.
Temple Owls Analysis
Temple is coming into this game with a 3-6 record overall and they are 2-2 in their home games this season where they will be in this game. This will be the 6th conference matchup on their schedule this year and they are currently 1-4 in their conference games this season. They are coming into this one on a 4 game losing streak. Both of their quarterbacks were awful in their last game, D'Wan Mathis completed 7/13 passes for 37 yards while Justin Lynch completed 6/20 passes for 20 yards. Lynch also led the team in rushing with 54 yards on 8 carries but they did not really have much of a run game going for them in that one. Randle Jones led the receivers with 32 yards on 7 receptions in what was a very quiet day for the receiving corps and the offense in general as they only scored 3 points in that game. Kobe Wilson and William Kwenkeu both led the defense in that game with 3 solo tackles and 4 assisted ones each. No one on the defense recorded a sack in that game but Freddie Johnson and Jalen Ware each had 1 interception in that one. They have scored 164 points in their 9 games this season averaging 18.2 PPG and they have allowed their opponents to score 331 points against them allowing 36.8 PPG. Their offense is averaging 306.2 YPG while their defense is allowing 390 YPG.
Houston vs Temple Prediction
Temple is coming into this game as a 25 point underdog with the current betting odds according to Draftkings Sportsbook. Temple have been playing very badly in their recent games and have not scored more than 10 points total in their last 2 games. After 2 bad performances like that they will need to come out and play a good game here. They are facing a Houston side that has not been playing well on defense in their recent games and they have not beaten an opponent by more than 12 points in their last 4 games. Temple has to do better than what they have been and Houston has not been winning their games by a lot recently. The best bet to place in this game is on Temple to cover the large spread as they will keep it a closer game than that.
Houston Temple Prediction: Our NCAAF Pick for Saturday, November 13, 2021 (12:00 pm ET start time) is Houston 41 Temple 24.
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NCAAF Betting Trends
Houston Cougars: 169-174 ATS in all games. 89-94 ATS as a favorite. 78-83 ATS in road games. 104-117 ATS against conference opponents. 42-61 ATS in November games.
Temple Owls: 173-153 ATS in all games. 42-35 ATS when the total is between 49.5 and 56. 120-108 ATS as an underdog. 51-45 ATS as a home underdog. 80-71 ATS in home games. 115-89 ATS against conference opponents.
Houston Cougars: S. Williams (DL) Ques Sat - Ankle injury. J. Fullbright III (RB) out for season - Knee injury.
Temple Owls: D. Winston (S) Ques Sat - Undisclosed injury. I. Clement (RB) Out indefinitely - Personal.
"I feel like everyone has raised their level. We're starting to click. It's been fun." - Clayton Tune on their performance in their last few games.
“As you go through it, I don’t make excuses. We have to coach them better. There’s a lot of youth. Even with the older guys back there’s a lot of youth and inexperience. We have to coach them better and get them moving in the right direction.” - Rod Carey on the team’s performance this season.
WR Carter, KeSean
WR Singleton, Jeremy
WR Dell, Nathaniel
TE Trahan, Christian
QB Tune, Clayton
RB McCaskill, Alton
WR Blue, Jadan
WR Jones, Randle
WR Barbon, Jose
TE Pittman, Darius
QB Mathis, D'Wan
RB Saydee, Edward
Passing: C. Tune (2224)
Rushing: A. McCaskill (603)
Receiving: N. Dell (839)
Touchdowns: A. McCaskill (12)
Passing: D. Mathis (1223)
Rushing: E. Saydee (252)
Receiving: R. Jones (398)
Touchdowns: R. Jones (3)
Houston Cougars: Dana Holgorsen (3rd season)
Temple Owls: Rod Carey (3rd season)