Tuesday Night Football

Tuesday Night Football

Ohio Bobcats vs. Temple Owls

Oddsmakers currently have the Owls listed as 4-point favorites versus the Bobcats, while the game's total is sitting at 43.

Donte Harden ran for 115 yards on 23 carries, as Ohio downed Kent State 26-19 in Week 7.

Ohio won as 1-point road favorites as the game played under the 52-point total set by sportsbooks.

Temple lost 24-14 to Central Michigan in Week 7, as 7.5-point road underdogs. The 38 points went UNDER the posted total of 47.5.

Team records:
Ohio: 2-5 SU, 4-2 ATS
Temple: 2-5 SU, 5-2 ATS

Ohio most recently:
When playing in October are 7-3
When playing on grass are 3-7
After being outgained are 4-6
When playing within the conference are 5-5

Temple most recently:
When playing in October are 5-5
When playing on grass are 3-7
After outgaining opponent are 5-5
When playing within the conference are 5-5

A few trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Ohio's last 5 games on the road
Ohio is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
Ohio is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games
Ohio is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Temple's last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 12 of Temple's last 14 games
Temple is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games at home
Temple is 7-2 ATS in its last 9 games

Next up:
Ohio home to Buffalo, Tuesday, October 28
Temple at Navy, Saturday, November 1

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What bettors need to know: Ohio at Temple
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Game: Ohio Bobcats (2-5 SU/4-2 ATS) at Temple Owls (2-5 SU/5-2 ATS)

Line: Temple is set as a 4-point home favorite. The total is listed at 43.5

Hoos behind center for the Owls?

The Temple Owls had their fingers crossed that injured quarterback Adam DiMichele would be good to go against the Ohio Bobcats Tuesday. However, it seems the first stringer will be a game-time decision.

"He's not pain-free yet," head coach  Al Golden told the Philadelphia Inquirer this weekend. "His velocity is increasing. His distance is improving. But I can't at this time name him the starter. We're still worried about him protecting himself.

"We'll take it up to Sunday and Monday to see where he's at. If he's ready to play, he'll start."

DiMichele has missed the last three games since suffering a shoulder injury in a 45-3 loss to the Penn State Nittany Lion September 20. He managed to throw for 614 yards and five touchdowns in the first four games before getting hurt.

Filling in for the senior is freshman backup Chester Stewart. He was dismal in his first college start, passing for just 60 yards in a snore-inducing 7-3 loss to Western Michigan September 27. Since then, Stewart is getting more comfortable taking snaps but has struggled with interceptions.

He passed for 178 yards and three touchdowns with one INT in a win over Miami-Ohio and threw for 163 yards and one score but tossed up three picks in a loss to Central Michigan last weekend.

"Chester did a lot of good things (last week)," said Golden.

"He also did some costly things. We're trying to make a jump, that's right now a year-three jump, with a quarterback who is in his first year. He's made a lot of progress, but he's not year-three. We went from a 23-year-old man to a 19-year-old kid, basically. That's hard to do during this stretch."

Life on the road

The Bobcats have been on the road so much the first half of the season that Bob Seger's “Turn the Page” is the team's unofficial fight song.

Ohio played five of its first seven contests away from home and will add No. 6 when it rolls into Philadelphia Tuesday. That grueling travel schedule has led to the Cats' 2-5 record, however, they did pick up their first road victory over the Kent State Golden Flashes last weekend.

Ohio got four field goals from struggling kicker Barrett Way to edge the Flashes 26-19 as a 1-point road favorite. The win was also the team's fourth ATS payday. The defense showed some grit on the ground after getting embarrassed by Central Michigan the week before.

Head coach Frank Solich gave his players time off between that win and Tuesday's contest. It is the final away game for the Bobcats for over a month. Solich admitted he was “a little nervous about (not conditioning)” this week but sees the break as a chance to freshen up his players road-weary legs and banged up defensive line. Ohio returns home next week and will stay in Athens for three games.

Temple D' bailing out bettors

While the Owls' offense struggles to produce scores, the defense has given backers new life by keeping contests close enough to cover the oddsmakers' numbers.

Temple has just two wins in its first seven games, but has managed to reverse that record against the spread. It has been the underdog in their last six games and suffered three of its five losses by four points or less.

Bettors can thank the Owls' tenacity in the redzone. They've held opponents to 75 percent success inside their 20 yard line and limited teams to under 20 points per game this season. They've stolen 10 fumbles and intercepted six passes, making up for the offense's careless play with the football.

Ohio, putting the 'O' in 'Ouch'

The Bobcats training room should be installing revolving doors after the long list of injuries the team has already suffered this year. The area most hit is the defense, which has numerous linemen and line backers watching from the sideline.

Ohio took another big hit, this time on offense, when freshman running back Donte Harden had season-ending surgery on his ailing shoulder. Harden led the team with 454 yards on the ground and four total touchdowns.

“It’s kind of tough luck for him,” coach Solich told reporters. “He stepped in and was playing very well.”

The Bobcats will share the ball between a trio of running backs who are also battling through injuries. Multipurpose threat Chris Garrett, who leads the team in touchdowns, is slowed by a bum ankle while sophomore running back Vince Davidson is playing with turf toe.

There is some good news on the injury front for the Cats. Leading receiver Taylor Price is expected to play Tuesday along with defensive back Julian Posey and senior linebacker Mike Brown.

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Ohio (2-5, 4-1-1 ATS) at Temple (2-5, 5-2 ATS)

Two teams in desperate need of a victory if they hope to get in the race for the Mid-American Conference’s East Division title clash in this nationally televised battle at Lincoln Financial Field.

The Owls have dropped five of their last six games, including a 24-14 setback at Central Michigan on Oct. 11, failing to cash as a 7½-point road underdog. Despite that non-cover, the Owls are still on a 7-2 ATS run overall, including 5-1 ATS in MAC play and 4-2 ATS on the road. Temple has given up just 12 points (four field goals) in two home games this year, but lost both contests to Western Michigan (7-3) and Connecticut (12-9 in overtime).

Ohio went to Kent State on Oct. 11 and escaped with a 26-19 victory as a one-point road chalk, as the Bobcats have now alternated SU wins and losses in their last four contests and alternated ATS wins and losses in their last five lined games. Going back to the middle of the 2006 season, Ohio is on a 17-7-1 ATS tear, going 10-6 ATS on the road (4-1 this year) and 11-5-1 ATS as an underdog.

These teams met last year – Temple’s first as a member of the MAC – at Ohio, and the Bobcats rolled to a 23-9 victory, cashing as a nine-point home chalk.

Ohio is 9-3 ATS in its last 12 road games and 11-5-1 ATS in its last 17 following a SU victory. Meanwhile, Temple is on ATS streaks of 5-1 at home, 13-3 in conference play, 6-1 in October and 4-1 both after a SU loss and an ATS setback.

On the statistical front, the Bobcats rate the edge on offense, putting up 24 points and 371 total yards per game (130 rushing ypg), compared with Temple’s per-game averages of 17 points and 267 total yards (103 rushing ypg). However, the Owls have the stronger defense, yielding 19.3 points and 364 total yards per game, while Ohio gives up 26.4 points and 369 total yards per effort. Neither defense is strong against the run, though, as the Bobcats give up 175 rushing ypg and Temple allows 156 rushing ypg.

The under for the Owls is on a bunch of streaks, including 12-2 overall, 13-3-1 at home, 9-1 in conference play, 6-0 in October and 5-0 against teams with a losing record. The under is also 4-1 in Ohio’s last five on the highway, and last year’s meeting between these teams stayed low.

ATS ADVANTAGE: UNDER

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Ohio at Temple

Ohio: Ohio is just 2-5 through seven games but finds itself just half-a-game back in the MAC East. The Bobcats had found a running game with the naming of redshirt freshman Donte Harden as the No. 1 tailback. However, Harden will miss the rest of the season after having shoulder surgery. The trio of Chris Garrett, Vince Davidson and L.J. Fintall will replace Harden. Despite a slew of injuries along the defensive line, Ohio has found a way to remain competitive. Creative blitzes, and an increased focused on creating turnovers has helped. Ohio is +2 in turnover ratio the last three weeks, after sitting at -5 after the first four games.

Ohio is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 road games.
Ohio is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games overall.

Key Injuries - RB Donte Harden (shoulder) is OUT.
CB Julian Posey (ankle) is questionable.

PROJECTED SCORE: 16

Temple (-3, O/U 43): The Owls rank near the bottom of the key offensive categories - 100th in passing, 108th in rushing, 115th in total offense and 110th in scoring. A big problem for Temple is they have been without starting quarterback Adam DiMichele, who is hoping to return for this game. Temple’s defense hasn’t fared much better.  The Owls are 62nd in the country against the pass, 78th against the run and 72nd in total defense. However, Temple is a respectable 32nd in the country in red zone defense.

Temple is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games following a bye week.
Temple is 13-3 ATS in its last 16 conference games.

Key Injuries - QB Adam DiMichele (shoulder) is questionable.

PROJECTED SCORE: 17 (UNDER - Total Play of the Day)


OHIO vs. TEMPLE
Ohio is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games
Ohio is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
Temple is 7-2 ATS in its last 9 games
Temple is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games


Ohio at Temple, 8:00 ET ESPN2
Ohio: 14-28 ATS Away vs. conference
Temple: 7-0 Under off BB Unders


OHIO U (2 - 5) at TEMPLE (2 - 5)

Top Trends for this game.
OHIO U is 14-28 ATS (-16.8 Units) in road games against conference opponents since 1992.

Head-to-Head Series History
OHIO U is 1-0 against the spread versus TEMPLE over the last 3 seasons
OHIO U is 1-0 straight up against TEMPLE over the last 3 seasons
1 of 1 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons 


Ohio U. (-8.5) beat Temple 23-7 at home LY, outrushing Owls 219-48, in game that was just 10-7 at the half; Bobcats are just 1-5 vs D-I foes this season, going 5-1 vs spread in those games (dog in all six). Temple lost five of last six games, but did win at Miami OH two games ago. In backup AB Stewart's three starts. Temple completed less than 50% of its passes in all three games. This isn't a solid investment situation, but it is on TV and it beats watching poker or the 2008 debut of Frank TV.

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INDIAN COWBOY'S NCAAF RESEARCH

Ohio vs. Temple

Note that the line here is Temple -3 as around 60% of the public favors the small home chalk here. Temple and Ohio are both 2-5 and there is a reason why the line is as low as it is. Of course, keep in mind that Ohio's quarterback Boo Jackson has thrown for 9 touchdowns and 8 interceptions while passing for more than 1300 yards while both Temple Quarterbacks have combined to throw for 9 interceptions. I have to be honest with you, I have never been a fan of the dual quarterback system such as what Spurrier ran a bit and what Temple is running here between DiMichelle and Stewart. Heck, these guys have combined for 10 interceptions. Ohio comes off a big win at Kent State where they were favored by 1 point as they ended up winning that agme on the road 26-19. Temple, comes off a dissappointing loss at Central Michigan as they return home. Thus, Temple is on the bounce-back here, but once again, it's not like they do not lose home games as they lost to Western Michigan 3-7 at home back on September 27th. But, Temple does have revenge as Ohio won last year by a score of 23-7 at home as they easily covered the 9 point spread. Thus, I like Ohio here a bit, but of course, Temple has revenge and are at home. There is conflicting research here. As per the total, there is conflicting evidence once again as I lean on the under, but with that being said Ohio could very well be an active dog and win outright. Yet, it is a conference game which typically means it leans on the under. Thus, I am staying as far away as I can with this game.

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The O/U tonight is 41 and dropping..lol.. AT what point do you guys play the over?

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The O/U tonight is 41 and dropping..lol.. AT what point do you guys play the over?

The world is on Under & Temple and I am going with over myself since I hate being with the public on these games.

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I see a few 40's we might get this below 40 come game time.

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I ended up going over 40,fade away.  ;D

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I ended up going over 40,fade away.  ;D

You could retire fading me right now.  :-

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