Temple vs Wake Forest Military Bowl Odds, Expert Pick & TV Info

Posted by Michael Hunt on Monday,December 26, 2016 3:22, EST in

Tuesday’s Military Bowl won’t be very exciting offensively most likely as it features the lowest total of the bowl season, and for good reason. Both No. 24 Temple and Wake Forest rank within the top 30 defensively in most key metrics, and both feature run-first, ball-control offenses.

Temple vs Wake Forest Military Bowl Odds, Expert Pick & TV Info

When: Tuesday, Dec. 27, 3:30 PM ET
Where: Navy-Marine Corp Stadium, Annapolis
TV: ESPN
Stream: WatchESPN
Radio: Temple / Wake Forest
Opening NCAA Football Lines: Temple -11.5 (41)

Why Bet on Temple?

The Owls beat Navy for the American Athletic Conference title but with success sometimes comes a price. Temple lost head coach Matt Rhule to Baylor. Rhule, 41, served on the coaching staff at Temple from 2006–11 before leaving in 2012 to join the New York Giants as their assistant offensive line coach.

After just one year, the Owls hired him back as the school’s head football coach in 2013. After a rough beginning to his regime, which saw the Owls fall to Fordham of the FCS and win just two of 12 games, Rhule led the school to a 6–6 record in 2014 followed by back-to- back 10-win seasons. The interim coach for this game is Ed Foley. Foley is in his ninth season at Temple. He was the Owls' assistant head coach who also coached the tight ends and special teams. Foley was on the staff when Al Golden left for Miami and when Steve Addazio departed for Boston College. Foley has head coaching experience, serving two seasons at Fordham, 2004 and 2005.

He was under consideration for the full-time job but it went to Florida defensive coordinator Geoff Collins. Collins, 45, has been a college assistant for 23 years. He was the defensive coordinator the last two seasons at Florida. This past year, Florida was tied for 10th nationally in scoring defense, allowing 17.9 points per game. Collins’ aggressive mind-set as a defensive coordinator helped sell him to the Temple search committee.

The Owls’ 34-10 road rout of Navy was a fitting win for a team that enters bowl season on a seven-game win streak. Temple upset the favored Midshipmen by jumping out to a 21-0 lead early and never relenting, as it captured its first ever AAC title. Temple has just two bowl wins in its history, and it will hope for a better showing than last year’s 32-17 loss to Toledo in the Boca Raton Bowl.

Why Bet on Wake Forest?

This was a watershed year for Wake Forest, which went from back-to- back three-win seasons to a bowl berth. But a 2-6 mark down the stretch left a bitter taste the Deacons will be eager to erase. QB John Wolford passed for 1,591 yards but also ranked second on the Demon Deacons in rushing (523 yards) and first in rushing touchdowns (six).

Wake is a very good defensive team. It sacked the opponent 37 times and allowed 36. The 37 sacks mark the second-most in school history, behind the 46 sacks recorded by the 1992 defense. Wake Forest tallied three defensive touchdowns in 2016. Jessie Bates III had two interception returns for touchdowns and Cameron Glenn returned a fumble for a score. Bates scored on a 55-yard interception return at Indiana on Sept. 24 and tallied the game-winning score on a 39-yard interception return vs. Virginia on Nov. 5. Glenn’s scoop-and- score fumble return covered 83 yards against Syracuse on Oct. 8.

Wake Forest is tied for 14th nationally with a +8 turnover margin. The Demon Deacons share the conference lead with their +8 turnover margin in all games, with Miami, while ranking tied for second in ACC games only (+5) with Georgia Tech. The Deacs rank tied for 10th nationally in total turnovers gained with 24. This is head coach Dave Clawson’s second Military Bowl appearance. He led Bowling Green to the 2012 Military Bowl where the Falcons faced San Jose State but fell, 29-20.

Wake Forest and Temple played two common opponents in 2016. Temple opened the season with a 28- 13 home loss to Army while the Demon Deacons fell to the Black Knights 21-13 on Oct. 29. Wake Forest opened the season with a 7-3 win at home over Tulane and the Owls defeated the Green Wave 31-0 on Nov. 19 in New Orleans.

Temple vs Wake Forest Military Bowl Expert Pick: Temple Owls

Owls are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 non-conference games.
Under is 5-2 in Demon Deacons last 7 games overall.

Go Temple on NCAA Football odds and yes under the total.