2012 Big East College Football Week 8 Odds & Spread: Rutgers vs. Temple Print
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Wednesday, 17 October 2012 09:30
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Rutgers vs. Temple Odds

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PHILADELPHIA, PA (The Spread) – No. 19 Rutgers hits the road on Saturday to take on Temple at Noon ET on the Big East Network.

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Rutgers is 6-0 on the year, 3-0 in the Big East and 3-0 on the road. Temple is 3-2 overall, 2-0 in the Big East and 2-1 at home. The Knights are 4-2 against the spread this year while the Owls are 3-2 ATS. Rutgers has won the last two games in this series, but Temple is 4-2 against the spread in its last six against Rutgers.

Trends show that Rutgers is 15-7-1 against the spread in its last 23 road games and 5-1 ATS in its last 6 conference contests. Temple is 13-3 ATS in its last 16 conference games and 4-1 ATS in its last 5 home games.

According to oddsmakers from Bovada.lv Rutgers is a road favorite in this game, as the Knights have odds of -5.5 points at Temple on Saturday. The over/under total has been set at 41.5 points. (View Matchup) The opening odds for this game had Rutgers favored by 4.5 points. The spread got as low as 4 during the week and as high as 6 before closing at 5.5.

Rutgers is coming off a 23-15 win at home over Syracuse last week. The Knights have been led this season by a solid defense that is allowing just 11.5 points per game. That total ranks third in the country. Offensively, Rutgers hasn’t been too stellar, scoring just 25 points per game. The offense is being led by running back Jawan Jamison, who has rushed for 665 yards and three touchdowns on the year.

Temple is coming off a 17-14 overtime win over Connecticut last week. The Owls have now won two straight and their last four games have been decided by 11 points or less. Temple is holding opponents to just 22.4 points per game this year, while the offense is only scoring 27 points per contest. Quarterback Chris Coyer has led the offense with 662 passing yards and six touchdowns to go along with 302 rushing yards and two scores.

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In terms of Injuries, Temple defensive lineman Kamal Johnson is questionable for this game with legal issues while running back Matt Brown is doubtful due to an ankle injury. Rutgers offensive lineman Betim Bujari is questionable with a leg injury.

The Public Bets for this game are backing Rutgers. The Scarlet Knights are getting 73% of the wagers with odds of -5.5 points at Temple on Saturday.

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