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Is Third Time A Charm For Temple In Bowl Games?

Temple has gone through a bit of a rebuild this season after coach Matt Rhule fled the nest last season. Even despite this, the team finds itself in a bowl game for the third consecutive year but is looking for its first bowl win since the 2011 New Mexico Bowl. The Owls take on an interesting FIU Golden Panthers squad in the Gasparilla Bowl.

Shark Bites
  • The total has gone OVER in Temple’s last 5 games.
  • Temple is 4-0 ATS in its last 4 games against the C-USA.
  • FIU is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games in December.

Temple looks almost entirely different than it did last year with a mass exodus of key contributors over the offseason. It took a while for the team to settle on a quarterback but the Owls fared better once they decided to start Frank Nutile. The junior has done a better job in terms of ball security while completing a higher percentage of passes than previous starter Logan Marchi.

FIU finished the season with a 5-3 conference record – 8-4 overall – but averaged fewer points per game than it allowed. That’s largely because when the Panthers lost, they lost big. They were beaten by an average of 24.8 ppg while winning by an average of 12.1. The offense has been changing on the fly, as the top receivers – Thomas Owens and Julian Williams – went down midseason with injuries.

Temple Owls vs FIU Golden Panthers Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

Betting fans of the FIU Golden Panthers have seen them go 8-4 and 6-6 ATS so far this season, while the Temple Owls are at 6-6 and 6-6 ATS. In OVER/UNDER totals betting, the Owls are 6-6, while the Golden Panthers are 8-4. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and FIU vs Temple injuries news.

The game pits the Golden Panthers, currently No. 85 in our OddsShark NCAA Football Power Rankings, against the Owls, who rate No. 67 in the latest survey.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits FIU's No. 96-ranked offense, averaging 24.27 PPG, against a Temple defense that ranks No. 75 this week at 27.67 PPG. The FIU aerial game is averaging 233.36 yards per game, more than the Temple secondary allows through the air, 210 YPG per game.

In comparing defenses, the Owls own the league's No. 120-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 252.33 yards per game when on the road. FIU, on the other hand, rates No. 48 this week in generating rushing yards at home.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Temple cruised to victory in its last outing, as they ran up a 43-22 score against Tulsa at Chapman Stadium.

Last time we saw the Minutemen, they had no answer for Alex Gardner as the Golden Panthers rolled to a 63-45 victory at FIU Stadium.