Rutgers Scarlet Knights vs. Temple Owls: College Football Week 8 Picks Against the Spread

No. 15 Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Temple Owls
Saturday, 10/20/12, 12:00 PM EST, TV:  Big East Network
Opening Point Spread:  Rutgers -5
Current Betting Line: Rutgers -4
Opening Total:  42.5
Current Total:  41.5
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker

The Temple Owls are 3-0 ATS as a home underdog of 3.5 to 7 points in their last three tries

Rutgers looks to remain undefeated as it renews its rivalry with Temple inside Lincoln Financial Field, as it comes off a 23-15 win over the Syracuse Orange as seven-point home favorites.  “For us the motivation is winning a Big East Championship,” stated Scarlet Knights first-year head coach Kyle Flood.  A total of 21 players on the team’s current roster hail from the Philadelphia area, which will supply plenty of motivation for this contest.  Rutgers is 3-0 ATS versus conference opponents this year, with the UNDER going 3-0 in that situation.

The Scarlet Knights have won two straight in this series, including a 16-6 win as 13.5-point home favorites on Oct. 16, 2004.  Rutgers is attempting to go 7-0 for the third time since 1976, while Flood would become the first coach in school history to start his coaching career with a perfect record through seven games.  Defensively, the team ranks second nationally in allowing just 60.8 yards per game, while sitting third with 12 interceptions.  Running back Jawan Jamison is the player to watch offensively, averaging 110.8 rushing yards per game, which leads the Big East in that category.

Temple has come away with two straight victories, including a 17-14 overtime win against the Connecticut Huskies as four-point road underdogs.  “This has been very positive for us,” stated Owls head coach Steve Addazio.  “It’s one more stop on the maturity train.”  The Owls have lost the statistical in all five of their games, which is significant when making your college football predictions this weekend.  Temple is 3-0 ATS as a home underdog of 3.5 to 7 points the last two-plus seasons.

The Owls are led offensively by quarterback Chris Coyer, who leads the team with 71 carries for 302 yards, while throwing for 662 yards and six touchdowns with two interceptions.  Temple has won 17 of its last 21 games inside this venue, as it looks for its first upset of a nationally ranked opponent since 1998.  Running back Montel Harris is another player to watch closely, with 310 yards and three touchdowns on 69 carries.

Sports bettors will likely back the Owls due to their 18-7-1 ATS mark in October, while the Scarlet Knights are 0-3 ATS as a road favorite.

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