Temple Owls vs Wyoming Cowboys Odds
Temple has not won a bowl game since 1979 - the Jimmy Carter Administration - so they will be motivated to win the New Mexico Bowl Dec. 17.
But if recent history repeats itself, Wyoming will be the winner here as the Mountain West Conference is 4-1 SU past 5 New Mexico Bowls. Of note, the past three games have played OVER the total. [ Check out New Mexico Bowl odds and trends ]
The Cowboys are 8-4 so far on the season, and 7-5 ATS vs. the number. The Owls, meanwhile, are 8-4 and 8-4 ATS. Over under bettors have seen Wyoming go 4-7-1 and the Owls go 5-7 on the totals.
Betting Line: The Cowboys were listed as 7.5-point underdogs at sportsbooks on the opening college football line. The total was sitting at 47.5 at BetOnline earlier this week.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Wyoming's No. 60-ranked offense (27 PPG) against a Owls defense that ranks No. 3 at 13.8 PPG. The Cowboys passing attack has averaged 213.5 yards per game, more than the Owls give up through the air (192.9 YPG on average).
Defensively, the Owls feature the league's No. 13-rated road run defense, allowing 104.4 yards per game. Wyoming, meanwhile, ranks No. 25 in rushing offense at home.
Last time out for Temple, they were a 34-16 winner as they battled Kent State at home. Temple covered in the match as a 16.5-point favorite, while 50 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors.
Last time out for Wyoming, they were a 22-19 winner as they battled Colorado State on the road. Wyoming failed to cover in the match as a 5.5-point favorite, while 41 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors.
Temple Owls Trends:
When playing in December are 0-2
When playing on grass are 7-3
After being outgained are 7-3
When favored on the road are 6-4
Wyoming Cowboys Trends:
When playing in December are 3-1
When playing on grass are 5-5
After outgaining opponent are 4-6
When an underdog at home are 1-9
A few Owls at Cowboys trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Temple's last 5 games
Temple is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 15 of Temple's last 23 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Wyoming's last 5 games
Wyoming is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games