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Temple Looks for 12th Straight Cover in AAC Championship Game

Before their annual Army-Navy game, the Midshipmen will take on Temple in the AAC championship game representing the West division. The Owls, who finished first in the East due to a tiebreaker with USF, will hit the road for the AAC championship for the second straight year.

  • Navy is 10-3-1 ATS in its last 14 games at home.
  • The total has gone UNDER in Temple's last four games against its conference.
  • Temple has covered 11 straight games.

Temple ended the regular season on an 11-game cover streak and allowed just 23 total points over the last four games. Both teams finished the year with 7-1 conference records but Temple will have to travel to Navy’s home field in Maryland based on the Midshipmen cracking the AP Top 25 – the Owls were unranked.

Navy has flourished since moving from the Independent Conference in 2015 and can match its 11-2 record from last year by winning this weekend and then again in the Army-Navy game. The Midshipmen took the last meeting between these teams two years ago but are just 2-6 against the spread in their last eight meetings – spanning 14 years.

At the time of writing, Temple was a three-point underdog and that’s good news for Owl backers if you believe our computer as it has them beating Navy by a 39.8-31.8 score.

The Midshipmen are coming off emphatic victories over East Carolina and SMU in which they scored a total of 141 points and allowed 62. Navy’s offense has been its strength all season long, which is exactly contrary to Temple’s strength – defense. Conventional betting wisdom would tell you to take the team laying points if they have the better defense and that advice seems sound, given our computer’s prediction.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The Navy Midshipmen were listed as -1.5-point favorites at sportsbooks such as Bovada on the college football lines menu.

A 40-32 result in favor of the Owls was the prediction by the Odds Shark handicapping pick engine earlier this week. Check the picks page or matchup report during the week as factors may cause that prediction to be re-run or visit PredictionMachine.com for additional college football picks. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NCAAF matchups here.

Temple Owls vs Navy Midshipmen Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Navy Midshipmen are 9-2 so far on the season, and 7-3-1 ATS vs the point spread. The Temple Owls, meanwhile, are 9-3 and 11-1 ATS. Those over under betting have seen Navy go 8-3 and the Temple Owls go 5-7 on the totals. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Navy vs Temple injuries news.

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Navy Midshipmen rated this week at No. 34 and the Temple Owls sitting at No. 13.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Navy's No. 11-ranked offense, averaging 41.73 PPG, against a Temple defense that ranks No. 10 this week at 17.83 PPG. The Navy aerial game is averaging 128 yards per game, less than the Temple Owls secondary allows through the air, 145.75 YPG per game.

Defensively, the Temple Owls feature the league's No. 6-rated road run defense, allowing 112 yards per game. Navy, meanwhile, ranks No. 4 in rushing offense at home.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Jahad Thomas ran through the East Carolina defense for 152 yards in Temple's last game, handing the Pirates a 37-10 setback on Saturday at Lincoln Financial Field.

Last time we saw the Mustangs, they had no answer for Zach Abey as the Midshipmen rolled to a 75-31 victory at Gerald J. Ford Stadium.

Betting Trends
  • Temple is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Temple is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Temple's last 6 games
  • Temple is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
  • Navy is 5-1-1 ATS in its last 7 games
  • Navy is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 6 of Navy's last 7 games
  • Navy is 13-4-1 ATS in its last 18 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Navy home to Army, Saturday, December 10th