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Temple Owls vs. Duke Blue Devils

Temple Owls (8-4) vs. Duke Blue Devils (7-5)

December 27, 2018 2:30 PM ET (Independence Stadium) Independence Bowl 

Line: Temple Owls -190 Duke Blue Devils +165

Spread: Temple -4.5

Total: 55

Free NCAA Football Pick Temple Owls vs. Duke Blue Devils

The Temple Owls will enter this game with interim head coach Ed Foley at the helm who has coached the tight ends and special teams and has taken over after Geoff Collins took over the Georgia Tech job. The Owls will have Manny Diaz taken over as the full-time head coach after spending three years as the Miami defensive coordinator. Temple will have Anthony Russo back at quarterback after missing the 57-7 win that was the regular season finale against Connecticut with a right-hand injury. Tyquell Armstead looks to be able to play as well but has been dealing with an ankle injury and has ran for 1,098 yards and is averaging 5.2 yards a carry with 13 touchdowns in just 10 games this year. The Owls have the seventh best pass defense in the nation allowing just 166.3 yards through the air and was fifth in defensive passing efficiency. 

The Duke Blue Devils have struggled with their rush defense this season allowing 222 yards with 5.2 yards allowed per carry and two touchdowns on the ground. Duke will have their quarterback and second leading rusher Daniel Jones who is dealing with a lower body injury who has thrown for 2,251 yards and has ran for 325 yards this year. Jones struggled in Duke’s last game of the regular season going just 17-36 for 145 yards one touchdown and an interception in addition to 6 rushing attempts for -9 yards. Duke’s offensive line has also struggled with Jones being sacked 25 times which was fifth most in the ACC. Duke’s defense has struggled this season surrendering 419.4 yards and has allowed at least 35 points in their last three games including 56 points to Wake Forest in their last game. Duke has lost four of their last six games in in their last two losses they have been unable to score double digits and lost both games by a combined 81 points.

Cover the Spread 365 Trends 

Temple

Temple is 8-2 ATS in its last 10 games

Temple is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games

The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Temple’s last 6 games

Duke

Duke is 10-5 SU in its last 15 games

Duke is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games

The total has gone UNDER in 15 of Duke’s last 23 games

Free NCAA Football Prediction Temple Owls vs. Duke Blue Devils

This game will be an offensive matchup that should see a lot of points put on the scoreboard. Duke will need to make this game a game that they control on the ground and keep the Temple offense on the sideline. Temple’s special teams could play a big factor in this game having scored six special teams’ touchdowns on the year. Temple will have to play good pass defense because they will have commit players to the run and stop Deon Jones and force Daniel Jones to stay in the pocket. Daniel Jone will be watched by NFL scouts this game with already being projected as a first-round draft pick in April and will need to have a good game. The Temple offense should move the ball easily and their defense should hold the Duke offense and limit the Blue Devils running game and get Ed Foley’s first bowl victory as head coach and extend the senior record for wins to 36 victories.

Pick: Temple Owls -190

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