The Temple Owls will be looking to score a strong intra-conference win on Thursday night when they head to Oklahoma, to face the Tulsa Golden Hurricane in a matchup of 2-2 teams..
Temple, which is coming off a demolishing 41-7 loss against the undefeated University of Miami, would love nothing more than to bounce back from said debacle by thumping Tulsa on the road in the American Athletic Conference opener for both teams. Tulsa, coming off a road win against Northern Illinois, wants to continue riding that momentum and make it two wins in a row, especially after losing back-to-back games in Weeks 2 and 3.
So what do our Temple vs Tulsa college football odds offer for this game? Let’s talk.
What are Temple, Tulsa Bringing to the Table?
From the looks of it, this Temple vs Tulsa game might not necessarily stand out as one of the most enticing college football betting options around. But don’t rule out this AAC bout just yet.
With both teams sporting 2-2 records, it’s becoming more and more apparent that in order to start gaining any sort of relevance moving forward, winning is a must. For teams like Tulsa and Temple, the chance to contend for a spot in a game once bowl season comes around is what shapes up their season.
For Temple, quarterback E.J. Warner needs to play smarter football here instead of what he has shown as of late. He needs to be more accurate when passing, especially in big-time plays. His worst football was against strong defenses like Rutgers and Miami. But maybe, just maybe, against a defense that’s nowhere close to being that strong, Warner will step up and show a different side to his game.
Tulsa, on the other hand, will have to continue relying on its rush-friendly offense with Anthony Watkins and Jordan Ford if it wishes to inflict some damage here. The team’s passing game is meager, and the offense loves turning the ball over as if the game depended on it. So the one saving point for this team could end up coming from a strong performance from Watkins and Ford.
Temple Could Surprise on the Road
As previously mentioned, Warner and the rest of Temple’s offense has been weak when playing against Power-5 school defenses. But if there’s one thing Tulsa does not possess, it’s a defense as strong as Miami or Rutgers. With the chance to break out of that stingy offensive shell that the Owls have put themselves into, my first of two Temple vs Tulsa NCAAF picks goes to Temple winning the game straight up.
As long as Warner manages to take control of the game on offense, all while his defense forces Tulsa to continue committing turnovers, it doesn’t matter if the home team is being taken as college football betting odds favorites here. Take the underdog straight up.
Temple vs Tulsa Betting Lines
If you Can Count, Don’t Count on Total Going Over
Now that we covered the most attractive Temple vs Tulsa NCAAF lines to bet on, let’s dive into taking the under in the total. And to do so, let’s talk about Tulsa first.
In their first four games of the season, only once has Golden Hurricane broken the 40-point barrier, and it was against the Arkansas-Pine Bluff Golden Lions. Yes, I know, “WHO?” Against Washington in Week 2, Tulsa only put 10 points up on the board. In their Week 3 debacle against Oklahoma, 17 points. And last week against Northern Illinois, even while winning, Tulsa only put up 22 points.
But it’s not like Temple is any different. Only against Norfolk State in their Week 3 win did the Owls break the 40-point mark. In its Week 1 dub against Akron, the Owls put up 24. Against Rutgers the following week and in Week 4 against Miami, it was seven both times.
What does this tell us? That these are not teams who online betting fans should be putting their faith on to run up the score on Thursday. In three of their four games this season, both squads have gone under, so for my final Temple vs Tulsa NCAA football pick, I’m going sober on the score and taking the under in the total.
College Football Pick: Total Under 55 ½ (-110)
Temple vs Tulsa Game Information
- Game: Temple (2-2) vs Tulsa (2-2)
- Location: Skelly Field at H.A. Chapman Stadium, Tulsa, OK
- Day/Time: Thursday, Sept. 28, 7:30 p.m. ET
- Temple vs Tulsa Live Stream: ESPN