When it comes time to start thinking about wagers for the coming week in college football, people tend to fall into two very different camps. Some bettors stick with a specific conference, usually the one that they follow, or the Power 5. While it’s a good way to narrow down a very busy schedule, it also means potentially missing out on some profitable wagers. There are always some fantastic games going on outside the Power 5, and this weekend is no exception. We are going to head into the American Athletic Conference to take a closer look at a huge matchup there, one that could well have an impact on how the race for the Conference Championship plays out.
The Temple Owls and SMU Mustangs are both having very good seasons, with both essentially guaranteed a bowl game. There are bigger fish to fry here, though, with both looking to take control of their respective divisions. The Mustangs come into this one as a 7 ½ point favorite at home, with the point total set at 59 ½. This game is on ESPN2 and should be well worth a look.
Temple vs SMU 2019 College Football Week 8 Odds, Game Info & Pick
- When: Saturday, October 19 at 3:30 PM EST
- Where: Gerald G. Ford Stadium, Dallas
- TV: ESPN2
- Radio: SiriusXM
- Live Stream: WatchESPN
- College Football Week 8 Odds: SMU -7.5 (Total 59.5)
- Sunny: 28°C/82°F
- Humidity: 54%
- Precipitation: 0%
- Cloud Cover: 3%
- Wind: 10 mph WNW
- Stadium Type: Open
Why bet on the Temple Owls?
The Temple Owls come into Week 8 of the college football season with a healthy 5-1 record, with their lone loss of the season coming on the road against the Buffalo Bulls. They have rebounded from that loss quite nicely, though, winning 3 in a row, including a 30-28 win over ranked Memphis in their last game. They also knocked off a ranked Maryland team earlier this season, so they should have not fear in going on the road to face #19 ranked SMU.
The Owls are still perfect in AAC play, sitting at 2-0, which has them tied with Cincinnati in the East Division. The Owls have won in each of their last 5 meetings with conference foes and are 13-2 ATS in their last 15 October games. That said, they are 0-2 ATS on the road this season.
- Points per Game: 29.80
- Passing Yards: 284.40
- Rushing Yards: 160.20
- Yards per Play: 5.67
- Points per Game: 17.20
- Passing Yards: 166.80
- Rushing Yards: 125.60
- Yards per Play: 3.96
Why bet on the SMU Mustangs?
The SMU Mustangs are sitting at a perfect 6-0 as we head into Week 8 of the season, while also being 2-0 in the West Division in the AAC. They have Tulane to deal with there, as the Green Wave also have the same conference record. Things were almost very different, though, as the Mustangs barely survived last week, needing 3 overtime sessions to take care of Tulsa in a 43-37 thriller.
With that result, SMU are now averaging 44 PPG this season. They have gone just 1-2 SU in their last 3 meetings with the Temple Owls and have surrendered an average of close to 52 PPG in those 3 meetings. What that tells us is that we should perhaps expect a high-scoring game here. All 6 of the Mustangs games this season have gone OVER.
- Points per Game: 44.17
- Passing Yards: 291.83
- Rushing Yards: 207.00
- Yards per Play: 6.12
- Points per Game: 28.33
- Passing Yards: 259.33
- Rushing Yards: 126.83
- Yards per Play: 5.15
Temple vs SMU College Football Week 8 Betting Trends
- Owls are 5-0 SU in their last 5 games against an opponent in the American Athletic Conference conference
- Owls are 13-2 ATS in their last 15 games played in October
- The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Temple’s last 15 games played in week 8
- Mustangs are 6-0 SU in their last 6 games played on a Saturday
- Mustangs are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games played in October
- The total has gone OVER in 4 of Southern Methodist’s last 5 games at home
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction for Temple vs SMU
I think that the OVER is the bet to go with here, as I would not be surprised to see this one turn into a shootout. While I think that the Mustangs get the win at home, I do believe that Temple will keep it close and cover.
Score: Temple Owls 36 – SMU Mustangs 39
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