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Memphis is 8-2 and 4-2 in the AAC and it remained in the College football rankings at No. 21 after a loss last week to Houston. Temple fell out of the polls following its 44-23 loss to South Florida. The Owls are 8-2 still and will host the Tigers as 2-point underdogs. The betting total for the game is 58 at Bovada.
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Temple has lost two of its past three now, since falling 24-20 to then-No. 9 Notre Dame. The Owls will close the regular season against UConn, but it really needs to get this game against Memphis to have a strangle hold on the AAC-East.
Temple QB PJ Walker has thrown for 2,029 yards at a 56.2 percent completion clip averaging 6.95 yards per game with 15 TDs and five INTs on the season. Walker has a 128.1 passer rating. His top target Robby Anderson has 41 receptions for 601 yards and six TDs. The 6’3” senior WR had 77 yards in the loss to South Florida and 83 the week before that in the 60-40 victory over SMU. Against Notre Dame he had just two catches, but totaled 53 yards.
RB Jahad Thomas has been very solid. He has 217 attempts for 1,035 yards (4.8 per attempt). H leads the team in TDs with 15 of the 20 total rushing TDs. Walker has rushed for 109 yards on 59 attempts and he has two rushing TDs.
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Last week Walker threw 20 of 48 for 259 yards with a TD and a pick. Thomas rushed for 65 yards on 16 attempts with a TD, but the Owls surrendered 44 points to the 6-2 South Florida Bulls.
Memphis has lost two straight to Navy and Houston and is trying to get back to what made it an undefeated team prior to the last two weeks. Paxton Lynch is being heavily scouted by the NFL at this point and the QB has thrown for 3,292 yards with a 9.20 yard per attempt average, 21 TDs and just three INTs. His passer rating is 163.6 and the 6’7” Lynch is a real specimen. He had just 278 yards last week, but he had 300 or more in eight straight games prior to that, totaling over 400 yards in two of those games.
Lynch has not thrown under 60 percent for a game yet, and he should be enough to carry Memphis to a narrow victory. His top receivers Mose Frazier and Anthony Miller each have over 600 yards and have seven TDs between them.
Doroland Dorceus has 565 yards on 129 carries and a team-high eight TDs, for the Tigers who have 29 rushing TDs. Lynch has rushed for 235 yards on 73 carries with a pair of TDs. The Tigers have 23 receiving TDs, and Dorceus has caught for 175 yards on just eight receptions.