Temple Betting Odds Preview
A few years back the Owls gained some level of success playing in the MAC that ended with a 9-4 straight-up record in 2011; however last season playing in the Big East was an eye opener. Temple only posted two conference wins against five losses and ended 2012 with an overall record of 4-7 SU. They closed out last year’s campaign with just one win in their last six contests.
Despite the losing season, Boston College saw something it liked in Steve Addazio so Temple decided to replace its departed head coach with Matt Rhule. He has a wealth of coaching experience but this will be his first go-round at the top spot. One of his team’s most pressing needs will be to improve a pass offense that was ranked 120th in the nation with an average of 120.8 yards a game. The Owls’ running game also took a major hit with the departure of Montel Harris. That leaves Chris Coyer as the team’s leading passer (946 yards) and rusher (444 yards) from last season. Coyer is expected to anchor the running game this year with Connor Reilly penciled in as the starting quarterback. Temple’s defense had its share of problems keeping opponents out of the end zone last year, allowing an average of 31.2 points a game.
The Owls will have two of their best players from that squad back in Nate Smith and Sean Daniels, but this unit as a whole will continue to struggle against some of the better offenses in the AAC. Temple matched its SU record with a 4-7 mark against the spread. It went 3-6 ATS as an underdog and the total went OVER in seven of 11 games.
AAC Championship Odds at Bovada as of August 8
South Florida 33/1