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Betting line favors Tigers over Owls

Temple OwlsMemphis Tigers
1-10November 30, 2013, 12:00 | Liberty Bowl3-7

Temple visits Memphis on Saturday, hoping to send the Tigers to a loss while also covering the spread in NCAAF action at Liberty Bowl.

The Owls will try to spoil to the party on Saturday; they are 7-4 ATS against the number this season, while the Tigers are 6-4 ATS. Temple is 4-7 on the totals; Memphis is 2-8.

View Temple Owls vs Memphis Tigers Odds and Stats.

Oddsmakers at 5Dimes opened the Tigers as -7.5-point favorites in the matchup, while the betting total had not been set at press time (check the college football odds link for the latest on the over under)..

It's a betting matchup between the No. 69-rated Tigers and the No. 91-ranked Owls, according to the NCAAF Power Rankings here at Odds Shark. Predictive-scoring models run on this game indicate a potential 21-15 result in favor of the Tigers.

Temple lost its last outing, a 28-21 result against Connecticut on November 23. Temple failed to cover in that game as a 6.5-point favorite, while the 49 combined points took the game UNDER the total. In their last game, the Tigers were Week 13 losers coming out on the wrong end of 24-17 score against Louisville.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Memphis's No. 108-ranked offense (20.3 PPG) against a Owls defense that ranks No. 87 at 30.64 PPG. The Tigers passing attack has averaged 172.5 yards per game, less than the Owls give up through the air (310.45 YPG on average).

In comparing defenses, the Owls own the league's No. 54-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 164 yards per game when on the road. Memphis, on the other hand, rates No. 88 this week in generating rushing yards at home.

A few Owls at Tigers trends to consider:
Temple is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games
Temple is 1-11 SU in its last 12 games
Temple is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
Temple is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Memphis is 10-4 ATS in its last 14 games
Memphis is 7-18 SU in its last 25 games
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Memphis's last 10 games
Memphis is 7-3 ATS in its last 10 games at home

Next up:
Memphis at Connecticut, Saturday, December 7th