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Philly Special: SMU is ATS Pick to Stomp Temple

Can everybody who is an SMU Mustangs and Temple Owls fan please get up for a second? Lincoln Financial Field, home of the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles, will take center stage Friday night as the 2-5 Owls get ready to host the 4-2 Mustangs.

In a game where SMU is pitted to be the heavy college football betting lines road favorites, with the spread at -20½ points in its favor, is there any chance for Temple to pull off the home upset? Or will the Mustangs do easy work on the Owls and hand them their fifth consecutive loss?

Philly Special: SMU is ATS Pick to Stomp Temple
Philly Special: SMU is ATS Pick to Stomp Temple

Let’s take a look.

Temple Staring at Fifth Straight ‘L’

It could be argued that everything in Temple’s college football season changed after Sept. 23. It was on that day where the Miami Hurricanes plain-out thrashed Temple 41-7, thus starting the Owls’ four-game losing streak. Losses against Tulsa, UTSA and North Texas, with all opposing teams scoring over 40 points, soon followed.

Now, as Temple gets ready to host an SMU team that’s coming off a strong 31-10 win last Thursday against Eastern Carolina, fears of a fifth straight loss have started to loom around the Owls and their online betting fans.

With starting QB E.J. Warner’s playing status still up in the air because of a concussion protocol that sidelined him last game, the Owls might have to end up relying once again on senior QB Quincy Patterson to lead the offense.

The problem is, if Patterson does suit up, it will only be his second start in the last two years. His last was Temple’s 45-14 loss against North Texas last weekend which saw Patterspm have a meager 105 passing yards with three interceptions. Interestingly enough, though, Patterson managed to lead Temple’s rushing offense with 113 yards and a TD.

So where does this leave Temple?

Clearly stuck between a rock and a hard place. SMU is third in the American Athletic Conference in scoring and has the top scoring defense as well. Sophomore QB Preston Stone, running backs Jaylan Knighton and LJ Johson and wideouts Jordan Kerley, Jake Bailey and RJ Maryland should have an easy outing against a Temple defense that could be in for yet another bashing.

Want an Easy Pick? Take SMU to Cover Ample Spread

When looking at both teams’ records and performances this season, it’s easy to see why SMU is considered one of the best college betting picks. With four wins in six games, the Mustangs took their only two losses against teams that are clearly above them in quality: Oklahoma and TCU.

As far as Temple goes, the Owls couldn’t be further away from being compared to the Sooners or even the Horned Frogs.

In Temple’s last four games, all losses, the team has allowed an average of 45.7 points. It feels like even if SMU doesn’t play its best football offensively, the chances for the Mustangs to still blow out Temple grow bigger and bigger as game time approaches.

On Friday, I can see Temple putting up a couple of scores on the board, yet still that will feel like nothing compared to what SMU will do. So, as my expert college football pick against the spread is to take SMU to cover. it’s too easy a pick to pass up.

College Football Pick: SMU -21 (-110)



SMU vs Temple Betting Lines

SMU vs Temple Game Information

  • Game: SMU Mustangs (4-2) vs. Temple Owls (2-5)
  • Location: Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, PA
  • Day/Time: Friday, Oct. 20, 7:00 p.m. ET
  • SMU vs Temple Live Stream: ESPN


Questions of the Day

Are there any player injuries that could potentially impact the SMU performance in this game?

While SMU doesn’t have any impactful injury news on its side, Temple could be in for trouble as QB EJ Warner is in concussion protocol and will be out for his second consecutive game.

What is the best bet on the point spread in the SMU vs. Temple game?

In a game where SMU is the clear college football lines favorite, taking them to win and cover is the best point spread bet.

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