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#325 Temple -14 vs.
#326 Buffalo 55
Saturday, September 21, 2019 at 3:30pm EDT
UB Stadium, Buffalo
Written by David Hess

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College Football action on Saturday afternoon and the American Athletic Conference will mix it up with the MAC Conference as the Temple Owls take on the Buffalo Bulls. This contest has a start time 3:30 pm ET and will take place at UB Stadium in Buffalo, New York. These squads faced each other last year and the Bulls won that game on the road by a score of 36-29.

The Owls enter this game off a 20-17 home win over Maryland to move to 2-0 on the year, while the Bulls fell to 1-2 after losing at Liberty by a score of 35-17.

Owls Pull Upset Of The Terps

The Temple Owls are off to a fine 2-0 start as they look to build on a solid 8-5 season a year ago, which was Rod Carey’s second season at the helm. They began the year with a 56-17 home win over Bucknell and followed it up with a 20-17 home win over a ranked Maryland squad. The defense was exceptional in the game, especially since the were facing a Maryland team that had racked up an impressive 142 points in their first two games. Temple has been known for their defensive toughness and it was on display against the Terps as they held Maryland to just 340 yards of total offense and five of 124 on 3rd down. The Temple offense could have a solid showing in this one against a Buffalo team that has struggled to put points on the board this season so far. The defense could also go the other way and have a let down after such an impressive showing against the Terps. Oh, the madness.

The Offense had a solid showing in the contest. Yes, they scored just 20 points, but they had 427 yards of total offense, including 277 yards through the air. The game could have been much easier for the Owls, but they committed seven penalties and had three turnovers. Anthony Russo hit 20 of 37 passes for 277 yards with three TDs and one INT. He now has 686 yards with seven TDs and two INTs through two games this year. Russo will now take aim at a Buffalo team that has struggled to defend the pass. Russo did not start last year’s game and was two-of-four for 24 yards in relief of Frank Nutile, who was struggling. Temple is 5th in the nation in passing at 392 ypg.

The running game has been below average, but still, it has been a decent compliment to their passing game. last week, the Owls had 150 yards rushing, but on just 3.8 yards per attempt. Re’Mahn Davis led the team with 92 yards and he now has 152 yards on the year. The Owls are off to a solid start and will be looking for revenge in this after losing to the Bulls at home last year by a score of 36-29. The Bulls have struggled to score, but they have been a solid home team for the last few years. The Owls put up just 355 yards of total offense in last year’s game while giving up 427. They are stronger on both sides of the year, but will it be enough to cover a two-TD spread in this one? Keep reading to find out.

Bulls Have Taken A Step Back

Last year, the Buffalo Bulls has a solid 10-4 season, but they have just eight starters back from that team and are expected to take a step back this year. So Far that has happened as the Bulls have started out at just 1-2 through three games. They started out with a 38-10 home win over Robert Morris but then lost 45-13 at Penn State and 35-17 at Liberty. There is no shame in getting crushed at Penn State, but to lose at Liberty by 18 has to raise some red flags, especially since they are facing a Temple team that has looked good in the early going. Buffalo also has to watch out in this one as the Owls will be seeking revenge for a home loss against them. Can the Bulls bounce back now that they are back home? You’re so close to the answer. Keep on reading.

The Bulls have just three starters back on defense from a team that allowed 25.9 pg and 355 ypg a season ago. The pass defense was a strength as they allowed just 194 yards through the air last year, but that has not been the case this year as the Bulls are currently ranked 82nd in the nation against the pass, giving up 232 ypg through the air so far. Last week, they allowed the Flames to hit 23 of their 30 pass attempts for 325 yards. That could be an issue for the bulls in this one, especially since just one starter from their secondary returned from last year. They will be in trouble if Russo has a strong outing against them.

Last week, the Owls pulled off a herculean effort on defense as they hel the explosive Terps to just 17 and that will not be good news for a Buffalo team that is 10th in the nation in scoring at 22.7 ppg. The Bulls can run the ball, behind the duo of Kevin Marks and Jaret Patterson, who have combined for 477 yards through three games. The Passing game is another story altogether as the Bulls are 117th in passing at 160.3 ypg. They have just five starters back on offense and are breaking in a new QB, so growing pains on this side of the ball can be expected. Matt Myers has hit just 48.6% of his passes for 481 yards, but he does have a 5/1 TD-to_INT ratio. He will need to be far more accurate this week as it will keep the ball in their possession and keep that explosive Temple offense on the sidelines.

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Let me make this clear, I do not feel that Buffalo will win the game outright, but I do feel that they will keep the final score close. The Bulls have not been great on offense, but they are back home, where they always seem to play well on that side of the ball. They had 38 points in their opener at home and will be facing a Temple Team that should be flat on defense. The Owls expelled a ton of energy on the defensive side of the ball week in holding the Terrapins. Buffalo’s defense has been torched through the air so far and they have a young secondary, but the Owls will still look to run the ball plenty and the Bulls have played well against the run so far. That should allow them to put temple and their young QB into long yardages situation. I will call for Temple to get the win and revenge for last year’s loss, but they will not get the cover against a Bulls team that is 10-4 ATS in their last 14 games at home. Owls by 10 or less in this one.

Prediction: Buffalo +14

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I will look for this to go Under the total. The Bulls have struggled som on defense with just three starters back on that side of the ball, but they are 49th in yards allowed at 333.7 and I will look for the Temple Offense to be a bit flat after their big win over Maryland last week. The Owls will also be a bit flat on defense as they were incredible on that side of the ball against Maryland last week. The Bulls are not an explosive team as they have allowed just 22.7 ppg overall, including just 15.0 ppg in their two games against FBS foes. The Bulls will score enough to get the cover in this one, but they won’t put up enough or give up enough for the game to go Over the total. The Under is 9-2 in Temple’s last 11 vs. a team with a losing record and 11-5 in Buffalo’s last 16 games following a straight-up loss. Go Under the total in this one.

Prediction: Under 53
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Written By David Hess

David has always had a fascination with numbers and sports, so he combined the two to become a handicapper and a writer for us here at Winners & Whiners, along with StatSalt. All the information that David puts in his articles are well-researched and his predictions are well-thought out. He is a big fan of all the major pro sports and the colleges making David a very versatile and a constantly winning handicapper. David has been writing for the past 10 years and has been handicapping for over 20 years. He will help you beat the Man, so be sure and follow along.