Temple Owls (2-2) vs. Memphis Tigers (3-1)
Week 5 of the 2022 college football season continues Saturday, October 1, with the American Athletic Conference showdown from Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium in Memphis, Tennessee, so we bring you the best Owls vs. Tigers betting pick and odds.
Temple shoots for its second straight victory over Memphis. Last year, the Owls stunned the Tigers 34-31 as 11-point home underdogs. Temple is a huge 20.5-point road dog this time around, while the totals are listed at 53.0 points.
The Owls blanked UMass to get back on the right trackThe Temple Owls improved to 2-2 straight up and 3-1 ATS on the season following a 28-0 thrashing of the UMass Minutemen in Week 4. It was their third consecutive ATS victory, as the Owls covered a 10-point spread. They bounced back from a heartbreaking 16-14 home loss in Week 3 when the Owls nearly upset the Rutgers Scarlet Knights as 18-point home underdogs.
“It sure feels good to get a win,” Temple head coach Stan Drayton said. “They don’t come easy, that’s for sure … UMass did a phenomenal job in the first half of that ballgame, and I’m just proud of our guys to show the capability to overcome some adversity and find a way to put it all together and come out in the second half and win that ballgame. A lot to grow from, a lot to learn from. Boy, we have a lot of work to do.”
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The Owls’ offense was sloppy last weekend, especially in the first half, but their defense did a good job against the mediocre Minutemen team. Freshman signal-caller EJ Warner completed just 11 of his 22 passing attempts, finishing with 173 yards and a couple of touchdowns and interceptions, while senior wideout Adonicas Sanders had four catches for 101 yards and a TD. The Owls ran 34 times for 107 yards, and junior QB Quincy Patterson led the way with ten carries for 52 yards and a TD.
Temple is averaging just 91.8 rushing yards per game (121st in the country) and 2.8 yards per carry (123rd). The Owls lean on their defense, surrendering 15.0 points per game (18th) on 130.0 rushing yards (56th) and 267.5 passing yards (16th).
The Tigers aim for their fourth straight victoryThe Memphis Tigers are rolling on a three-game winning streak following a 44-34 home victory to the North Texas Mean Green in Week 4. They failed to cover a 13-point spread in front of the home fans but hit a 44-point mark for the second straight outing. It was a solid all-around performance, as the Tigers controlled the clock with 44 rushes for 193 yards while forcing three turnovers on the other side of the ball.
“I’m so pleased with the defensive effort, especially in the second half,” Memphis head coach Ryan Silverfield said. “Three takeaways. Two pick-sixes for the first time since 2014. The defense stepped up in a big way.
After throwing for a thumping 775 yards and five touchdowns through the previous two weeks, sophomore QB Seth Henigan went 19-of-29 for 141 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception in Week 4. Sophomore RB Brandon Thomas dominated North Texas with 15 totes for 84 yards and a pair of scores, while Henigan had ten carries for 54 yards.
The Tigers are racking up 149.5 rushing yards per contest (80th in the nation) and 4.2 per carry (tied-78th). They are yielding 32.0 points per game (tied-101st) on 298.8 passing yards (123rd) and 127.3 rushing yards (tied-53rd).
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Saturday’s battle in Memphis is a nice opportunity for both Owls and Tigers to showcase their defensive abilities. Temple is struggling on the offensive end, but the Owls’ defense held Rutgers to just 16 points and 59 passing yards in Week 2 and will have enough firepower to contain the Tigers’ dynamic passing offense. Memphis will have to lean on its ground game more than usual, so beating the Owls by three touchdowns would be a tall order.
The betting trends are not helping a lot. Temple is 7-0 ATS in its seven encounters with Memphis since 2013, but the Owls have gone just 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games overall and 0-5 ATS in their previous five showings on the road. The Tigers, on the other side, are 1-6 ATS in their last seven contests overall and 5-14 ATS in their previous 19 games against the American Athletic Conference.
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The Owls lost QB D’Wan Mathis due to an injury in a heavy 30-0 defeat at Duke in Week 1. Their offense hasn’t impressed over the previous four weeks, but the Owls have turned the corner on the defensive side of things. Temple will continue to rely on its rushing to eat the clock after averaging 33.3 totes per game through the first four weeks and hope for the best. The Owls’ key assignment will be to slow down Seth Henigan and the Tigers’ receiving corps.
Memphis has allowed 66 points in the last couple of weeks, but that would change this Saturday. The Owls are scoring just 18.0 points on 279.3 total yards per game and lack the weapons to exploit the Tigers’ secondary.