Memphis Tigers at Temple Owls (+7.5,
Temple threw the American Athletic Conference into a state of
chaos with its win over East Carolina last weekend and can
further muddy the waters Friday when it hosts Memphis. The Owls
secured one of the biggest victories in school history with an
upset of the then-No. 19 Pirates, marking their first win over a
ranked foe since 1998 and first such triumph at home. Not only
did Temple move within a half-game of the league lead, but
created a five-team logjam at the top of the AAC.
One of the those five teams is the Tigers, who can match their
highest win total since making their last bowl appearance in
2008 by improving to 3-0 on the road in the conference.
Memphis, which won consecutive games for the first time this
season following last weekend’s 40-20 home victory versus
Tulsa, can double its win total from a season ago with a win in
any of its last four contests. The Tigers’ sights should be set
much higher than that, however, as their final three opponents
after the Owls are a combined 7-18 and buried among the bottom
five teams in the conference.
TV: 7:30 p.m. ET, ESPNU.
LINE HISTORY: Memphis opened favored by a
converted touchdown and have been bet to -7.5. The total opened
at 52.5 and have been bet down to 50.5.
INJURY REPORT: Memphis – UT Sam Craft (questionable
Friday, undisclosed). Temple – OL Brendan McGowan (questionable
Friday, shoulder), OL Shahbaz Ahmed (questionable Friday,
ankle), LB Jarred Alwan (questionable Friday, undisclosed).
WEATHER REPORT: Temperatures will be in the mid 40’s
with a 11 mile per hour wind gusting towards the south end zone
at Lincoln Financial Field. There will also be a 14 percent
chance of rain.
WHAT CAPPERS SAY: “Last week’s upset win at
home over East Carolina was aided by a whopping five turnovers
by the Pirates. The Owls can’t count on such a fortunate run of
luck when they host the Memphis Tigers on Friday night.” –
Expert Jesse Schule.
WHAT BOOKS SAY: “Nice line was set on this
game, as Memphis still remains -7.5. Just a small decision on
game so far, as 53 percent of cash is backing Memphis. No sharp
action on the side, but we got sharp bet on the under 52.5, so
we now at 50 on the game. Sixty percent of cash is on the
under.” – Mike Jerome of @topbetsports.
ABOUT MEMPHIS (5-3, 5-2-1 ATS, 5-3 O/U): The Tigers
were held scoreless in the first quarter for the first time all
season against Tulsa, but still managed to post more than 30
points for the sixth time after doing so only once in 2013.
Brandon Hayes ran for a personal-best 199 yards – tied for the
16th-best mark in school history – including a career-long
51-yard gallop with 14 seconds remaining in the first half that
gave Memphis the lead for good. “(That run) was unbelievable …
he really bailed us out on that play. I mean, he was fantastic;
he was huge for us,” Tigers coach Justin Fuente told reporters
after the game.
ABOUT TEMPLE (5-3, 4-4 ATS, 3-5 O/U): Despite
being outgained 428-135, the Owls held what was the
conference’s most explosive offense without a touchdown for the
first 57:45 in part because they blocked a field goal and
recovered a season-high five fumbles. Temple has allowed only
10 fourth-quarter points this season and East Carolina’s late
touchdown was the first one the Owls have allowed in the final
15 minutes since the second-to-last game of the 2013 season.
Temple is tied with Florida International for the FBS lead in
fumble recoveries (16) and has forced nine more turnovers in
2014 (24) than it did all of last season during a 2-10 campaign
* Memphis is 5-0-1 ATS in its last six games versus a team with
a winning record.
* Temple is 5-1 ATS in its last six games versus a team with a
* Over is 5-1 in Memphis’ last six conference games.
* Over is 5-1-1 in Temple’s last seven Friday games.
COVERS CONSENSUS: Just over 53 percent of wagers are
backing Temple at +7.5.