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Point spread favors Knights in battle with Owls

Central Florida KnightsTemple Owls
7-1November 16, 2013, 12:00 | Lincoln Financial Field1-8

Temple looks to cover the Owls-Knights point spread this week and improve its overall 1-8 mark when they host Central Florida in Week 12 action.

This season the Owls are 1-8 overall and 6-3 ATS against the number, while the Knights are 7-1 and 6-2 ATS. As for the totals, Temple is 3-6 on the OU, and Central Florida is 3-5.

View Central Florida Knights vs Temple Owls Odds and Stats.

The visitors opened as -17-point favorites in this one at 5Dimes and most sportsbooks tracked here at OddsShark. No total had been posted as of press time check the live lines pages in the coming days to see where the number opened.

The Owls - Knights odds would favor the Knights if the lines were set according to power ranks. Temple is rated No. 89 in our latest OddsShark poll, while the Knights sit at No. 10. Math models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 39-17 win for the Knights.

In their last action, Central Florida was a 19-14 winner at home against Houston. They failed to cover the 13.5-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (33) was profitable news for UNDER bettors. The Owls suffered a Week 10 loss against Rutgers in their last game, falling 23-20 at High Point Solutions Stadium.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Temple's No. 100-ranked offense, averaging 22.33 PPG, against a Knights defense that ranks No. 12 this week at 18.62 PPG. The Owls aerial game is averaging 222.89 yards per game, more than the Knights secondary allows through the air, 222.25 YPG per game.

In comparing defenses, the Knights own the league's No. 13-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 111.5 yards per game when on the road. Temple, on the other hand, rates No. 100 this week in generating rushing yards at home.

A few Knights at Owls trends to consider:
Central Florida is 7-2 ATS in its last 9 games
Central Florida is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Central Florida's last 9 games
Central Florida is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Temple is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
Temple is 1-9 SU in its last 10 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Temple's last 6 games
Temple is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games at home

Next up:
Central Florida at Rutgers, Thursday, November 21st
Temple at Connecticut, Saturday, November 23rd